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ODCA reaches out to developers via Hackathon sponsored by HP, Intel, and Disney



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HP Cloud along with Intel and Disney co-hosted the first Annual Hackathon where a number of developers split up into groups to create an app to help match volunteers to non-profit organizations that fit their profile. A recently published Best Practice paper on Architecting Cloud-Aware Applications was the focus of the Hackathon. provided their API, and developers utilized the HP Helion Development Platform to instrument and publish their apps for review.  Three non-profits The Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, CYCLEKids and CloudNOW where the judges for the event that ran over two days.  Intel provided guidance for the judges utilizing a rubric that they designed -- including topics such as failure and latency resilience, security, location independence, elastic scalability, and SOA/composition.   


Extra consideration was given to applications that would especially be used for unplanned emergency events, where volunteers would be sourced and contacted from the field. Prizes were awarded for the “coolest” demo, the most creative use of technology, and each team voted on an MVP in their team.  Participants in the Hackathon came from diverse backgrounds and showcased a wide range skills from beginners to advanced developers. Their submissions can be viewed here


Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) ran over three days and was attended by 600 C-Level Influencers, Developers and Technical Pros who were ready to learn about Cloud, Open Source,  and the organization. 


To find out more about HP Helion, ODCA and our HP Helion Developer Platform and the non-profits involved please check out:



HP Helion Developer Network         

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We want to thank each person who brought their talents to the Hackathon and we look forward to seeing you all again at the next ODCA Forecast conference. 

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I manage the HPE Helion social media and website teams promoting the enterprise cloud solutions at HPE for hybrid, public, and private clouds. I was previously at Dell promoting their Cloud solutions and was the open source community manager for OpenStack and at Rackspace and Citrix Systems. While at Citrix Systems, I founded the Citrix Developer Network, developed global alliance and licensing programs, and even once added audio to the DOS ICA client with assembler. Follow me at @SpectorID

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