This is part eight in our Pega Community Hackathon profile series. In this series we profile 2021 Hackathon participants and ask them about their process for creating top-performing applications.
One of Pega’s hallmarks is our Pega Express™ delivery approach. It’s a straightforward, design-focused approach that uses our low-code best practices combined with a Scrum framework to deliver meaningful outcomes quickly.
Although we encouraged all Pega Community Hackathon participants to utilize Pega Express in their application building process, a special award was presented to a team from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for their VserveU submission. Our panel of judges determined VserveU to be the most effective use of Pega Express in the 2021 edition of our hackathon.
At its core, VserveU is a platform that acts as a bridge between a service provider and service requestor to demonstrate the provider’s unique skills and increase productivity. For example, connecting a freelance web designer with a non-profit organization that is looking to build a new website.
“In India we see a lot of young and inspiring entrepreneurs seeking the right platform to showcase their skills and create a pathway to a successful career,” explained Royal A of the VserveU team. “That’s why we wanted to build a portal to help catalyze these opportunities for career growth.”
Since none of VserveU’s team of eight developers had built a Pega application using chatbots or the Pega Cosmos design system before, they decided to use the Pega Community Hackathon as an opportunity to expand their toolkit by integrating these concepts into their hackathon submission.
The most significant challenge that this team from TCS faced in creating VserveU was managing the database that houses all of the information collected from service providers/requestors who are actively using the application. They ended up utilizing Pega OOTB components to store the customer and service data captured from various users.
While the VserveU team took great pride in winning the Pega Community Hackathon award, there was something even more meaningful that came out of the team’s participation according to Royal A.
“The thing that we love so much about the Pega Community Hackathon, aside from the experience of working with our friends, is the opportunity to see all of the really creative projects that display Pega features we were previously unaware of as a team. It provides us more inspiration to use for additional Pega Community Hackathons that we will participate in together in the future.”
You can find additional posts in the Pega Community Hackathon 2021 profile series below:
- Read more about our Community Hackathon here, or read our press release.
- To read more about the VserveU app and view a demo, click here.