And the Hackathon 4Good Winners are….

And the Hackathon 4Good Winners are….

Posted by Teryll Hopper, Communications Manager, Corporate Citizenship, NetSuite

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of our third NetSuite.org Hackathon 4Good! During the pre-conference day at SuiteWorld, the teams spent nearly 12 straight hours brainstorming, white boarding, and coding. At the end of the night, after live presentations and demos, Team ‘GoodFellows’ and Team ‘The Original Timesheets’ were crowned the winners for their creative prototypes of solutions to meet the challenges posed by nonprofit partners Ashoka and Juma Ventures.

Team Goodfellows, the winner of the Ashoka challenge, created a prototype that leveraged SuiteScripts, Saved Searches and portlets to enable Ashoka program managers around the world to manage budgets and tie their local activities back to the organization’s global mission of empowering and supporting social entreprenuers globally. The team was comprised of Dylan Ribb of Hydro Flask (a NetSuite customer), John Ogle and Nic Wolf both of Head in the Clouds (a NetSuite partner), Greg DelVechhio of SaaS Consulting Group (a NetSuite partner), and Josh Henke of Abila (a NetSuite customer).

The Original Timesheets, whose prototype was selected as the most creative and innovative to address the challenge posed by Juma, would enable the organization, which employs close to 1,000 low-income youth, to use the NetSuite platform to employ as many youth as possible, and maximize revenue generation and profitability. More specifically, the solution focused on using the project record and resource allocation functions in NetSuite to serve Juma’s mission of employing youth and leveraged historical data to forecast concession sales. The team was made up of Matheiu Goodman, David Gauthier, and Guillaume Savoie of Big Bang ERP (a NetSuite partner), Steve Scheppelman of SummitIT (a NetSuite partner), and Cash Shurley of numus group (a NetSuite partner).

The winning solutions were judged by an expert panel including Evan Goldberg, NetSuite Co-Founder and CTO, Malin Huffman, Senior Director, Product Management, David Geilhufe, Senior Director of NetSuite.org and GM of the nonprofit vertical, Cela Smith, Director HRIS & Analytics, and representatives from Juma and Ashoka. The winning teams were recognized during Evan Goldberg’s Tuesday keynote from the mainstage of SuiteWorld.

Close to 70 NetSuite customers, partners, and employees participated in the 3rd annual Hackathon 4Good, which was designed to offer innovative solutions to NetSuite.org grantees (a term used to describe the nonprofits and social enterprises receiving a software donation) and a chance for skilled NetSuite users to use their professional skills for good.

“While many Hackathons can offer high levels of fun and creativity and low levels of implementable solutions, we’re excited to see that the Hackathon 4Good can serve as a catalyst for longer term pro bono engagements,” said David Geilhufe, Senior Director of NetSuite.org.

Last year’s hackathon resulted in members of the winning team from technology consulting firm Yantra, taking on a 4-month long pro bono project to implement their winning solution and automate manual processes enabling Found Animals Foundation to scale its national microchip program. Take a look at the recap blog here.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Hackathon 4Good. We can’t wait to see you next year!


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