Progress Core-A International Hackathon: Hacking Success 2020

 

As we prepare ourselves for the start of FY20, staff for the Core-A Global Sales Engineering and Professional Services teams will gather prior to Sales Kick Off in Hotel Oranje in Noordwijk in The Netherlands for our one and a half day Core-A Hackathon - Hacking Success 2020.  The theme for the hackathon is Collaboration and Cross-sell across all Progress' products to advance the corporate vision of Cognitive First development.

The Hackathon will take the form of teams of 5 people, dynamically formed at the start of the Hackathon, based on project submissions made prior to the event. (Please consider making a submission through the submissions tab on this DevPost website).  You will get to decide which pitch you want to collaborate on, working with your colleagues towards the dlivery of your solution to the whole hackathon on Wednesday morning.  A minimum of two Progress products (from anywhere within the Progress family) should be selected - but feel free to innovate as you consider how you can add excitement to the Cognitive First vision.  Please check out the 'Rules' area of this website for further details and ideas related to your submissions.

The hackathon will offer you all a chance to meet technicians from across the International region, working with various products and innovations.  You'll have the opportunity to collaborate and contribute in a relax and fun environment - with emphasis on your creativity and learning.

On Wednesday, you and your team will showcase your project (8 minutes maximum!) to the wider Hackathon - where the top two pitches will be selected to go through to the next round - the opportunity to show off your ideas and present to the wider Global Sales Kick-off gathering later in the week at GSK.  During that GSK session, the overall winning team will be selected by the whole conference for the chance to go to Progress Next in Boston in June 2020 where you and your team will compete with the winning team from the Americas' Sales Kick Off for the chance to be crowned global champion*.

 

*See the side bar for details relating to prizes and key restrictions.

View full rules

Eligibility

To attend the Hackathon you must have been authorised by your manager to attend both the Global Sales Kick-off event and have received an invitation email to attend the Hackathon.  At this time, only Core-A Sales Engineers and a select number of people from the Core-A Professional Services team have been invited - please do not forward your invitation.  If you feel you should be invited to the event, you should first speak with your manager then drop an email to GlobalTech@progress.com and we can discuss your attendance.

Requirements

Submissions should take the form primarily of a pitch of your solution, which should last no longer that 8 minutes per team. Please keep your Submission details updated throughout your Hackathon as this will be used, in conjunction with your presentation, to help the judges make their decision. It's up to you to be as creative as you like with your pitch but you may wish to consider the following:

  • Background to your pitch - what is the buisness and technical challenge? Is the challenge based on a real opportunity or project you're working on or an idea of how we could go to market in FY2020? how do you proposed to solve it, how far did you get during the hackathon, what are the next steps likely to be
  • Use of technology (hardware and software) - emphasise which Progress products in particular you used and any external hardware or software used to make your solution a success (please note restrictions related to non-expensable hardware and software)
  • Diversity of your team - showcase how you've used this experience to demonstrate diversity and collaboration to encourage cross geography and department team work

Judges

John Goodland

John Goodland
Tech Field Enablement, Global

Slav Todorov

Slav Todorov
Sales Engineering Manager, EMEA

Judging Criteria

  • Product Use
    A minimum of two Products from across the Progress Portfolio. Use of more products is strongly encouraged, using WUG and MoveIT in combination with other products is especially beneficial and will be awarded bonus points. 20%
  • Presentation Style
    It's up to you how you choose to pitch your overall solution, but points will be awarded for innovative and entertaining presentation styles. 20%
  • Team Diversity
    Seek out colleagues form different geographies, products and day-to-day job roles. Remember to emphasise the make up of your team at the start of your pitch, who the members are and the parts they played within your team. 15%
  • Innovation
    Think outside the box and come up with innovative and creative ideas. Feel free to incorporate technologies but note you may not expense any additional hardware or software. 15%
  • Peer
    Points will be awarded based on the popularity of your pitch from amongst your peers. 15%
  • Originality
    Although it's tempting to start a hackathon with a project you may have worked on previously, points will be awarded for Originality - you're strongly encouraged to work on something new. 15%

themes

  • Machine Learning/ AI
  • IoT
  • Communication