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Pega Community Hackathon 2021
Crushing complexity: bringing business and IT together

Back by popular demand, the Pega Community Hackathon is returning for 2021. This Hackathon is your chance to help simplify complex processes by bridging the gap between business and IT.

Pega Community Hackathon participation is open to both experienced Pega professionals and newcomers to Pega technologies, including current students and recent university graduates.

Event details

For over 35 years, developers have used Pega to crush complexity by solving complex problems and powering the largest enterprises in the world.  In our 2021 Pega Community Hackathon, we're asking for your help in building Pega applications that help bridge the gap between business and IT in the following categories: 

  • Bridge the gap between distributed people and systems
  • Accelerate assistance and service to those in need
  • Adapt quickly to new challenges and circumstances

Your invitation to participate is both a challenge and an opportunity: show off your innovation, creativity, & skills in a digital hackathon building with Pega focused on innovation and inspiration!

Participants have 6 weeks to hack - from March 1 to April 9 - the final product can be an application, a component, an integration, or other - so long as it is centered around the Pega Platform.  Submit your end result with a short video showing it off for your chance to win over $13,000 in prizes PLUS the opportunity to have your winning app prominently featured on Pega Community and in our new Pega Developer Podcast series. 

Over $13,000 in prizes!

Best in Show

Awarded to highest scoring Hackathon entry.

  • $5,000 
  • Hackathon 2021 Profile Badge
  • Featured exposure on Pega Community and Pega Developer Podcast 

Runner Up

Awarded to second highest scoring Hackathon entry.

  • $3,000 
  • Hackathon 2021 Profile Badge
  • Featured exposure on Pega Community and Pega Developer Podcast 

Innovation Award

Awarded to most innovative entry, as determined by judges.

  • $1,000
  • Hackathon 2021 Profile Badge
  • Featured exposure on Pega Community and Pega Developer Podcast 

Inspiration Award

Awarded to Hackathon submission most likely to make the greatest public impact.

  • $1,000 donation to a charity from a list of charities we provide (conditions apply)
  • Hackathon 2021 Profile Badge
  • Featured exposure on Pega Community and Pega Developer Podcast 

Community Choice Award

Awarded to highest rated solution, based on community voting.

  • $1,000 
  • Hackathon 2021 Profile Badge
  • Featured exposure on Pega Community and Pega Developer Podcast 

Pega Novice Award

Awarded to the highest scoring team in which no team member has higher than a Pega Senior Architect certification.

  • $1,000
  • Hackathon 2021 Profile Badge
  • Featured exposure on Pega Community and Pega Developer Podcast 

Pega Express Award

Awarded to the team making the most effective use of the Pega Express Methodology, as determined by the judges.

  • $1,000
  • Hackathon 2021 Profile Badge
  • Featured exposure on Pega Community and Pega Developer Podcast 

Top Student Award

Awarded to highest scoring solution by a current high school, college or university student(s).

  • $1,000
  • Hackathon 2021 Top Student Profile Badge
  • Featured exposure on Pega Community and Pega Developer Podcast 

Our Judges

Carola Cazenave

Vice President,
Global Partner Ecosystem, Pega

Eric Musser

General Manager,
Intelligent Automation, Pega

Bandita Joarder

Senior Director,
Pega Delivery, Pega

Stephen Bixby

Vice President,
Product Development, Pega

Stephanie Louis

Senior Director,
Community & Developer Programs, Pega

Angelo Mermiklis

Best in Show Winner,
Pega Community Hackathon 2020

Criteria

Our judges will score submissions on 3 categories:

1

LEVEL OF

Innovation

How novel is the idea and its execution (how it utilizes the technology)?

2

LEVEL OF

Real-world impact

What would the effect be on businesses, individuals, or the world?

3

LEVEL OF

Execution

How close to architecting and delivering a production-ready final product was the project?

Hacker Support & FAQs

Have a product question?

Ask the experts in the Pega Collaboration Center!  Be sure to use the hashtag #PegaHackathon2021 in the body of your post so they can easily find and help you out!

Request a free Pega Community Edition environment for the Hackathon by visiting this website. Be sure you are logged into your Pega account and that you add your team when signing up. Your system will be available for 60 days after you sign up but it will power down when inactive. You and all team members you enter at sign-up can access your Hackathon system at My Trials and can always power it up there when you’re ready to hack!

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Starting on March 10, we're holding weekly office hours where Hackathon participants can have their questions answered by Pega experts!  Register for an upcoming Office Hour session here.

Additional Resources

Office Hours

We're thrilled to offer a weekly Office Hours series where Hackathon participants can have their technical questions answered by Pega experts!

You can register for an Office Hour here.

No matter your location, we have scheduled Office Hours at convenient times for every region: 

  • March 10 - 8:00-9:00 AM IST, 12:30-1:30 PM AEST, 9:30-10:30 PM EST 
  • March 17 - 8:00-9:00 AM AEST, 5:00-6:00 PM EST, 10:00-11:00 PM GMT
  • March 24 - 11:00 AM-12:00 PM EST, 4:00-5:00 PM GMT, 9:30-10:30 PM IST
  • March 31 - 8:00-9:00 AM IST, 12:30-1:30 PM AEST, 9:30-10:30 PM EST 
  • April 7 - 11:00 AM-12:00 PM EST, 4:00-5:00 PM GMT, 9:30-10:30 PM IST

 

Pega Express Month

To assist with the application building process during the Hackathon, we're pleased to be launching Pega Express Month - a full calendar of TechTalks, Ask the Expert sessions and blog posts focused on Pega Express that will help take your knowledge of Pega to the next level.

The Pega Express approach is the fastest way to get value out of your applications without sacrificing the outcomes your application needs to achieve! 

Here's what's in store throughout the months of March and April: 

March 1-8
The Discover Phase

Innovate to understand your desired outcomes, define your Minimum Lovable Product and get ready to start your project.

March 8-15
The Prepare Phase

Design your solution and create your product backlog using Pega’s best practices, establish governance and enable your team.

March 15-April 5
The Build Phase

Use our platform to iteratively configure and test your application. Apply Scrum combined with our out of the box tools and best practices, built into the Pega Platform, to achieve your outcomes.

April 5-12
The Adopt Phase

Get your application ready for production, ready the business, transition to business as usual, analyze the application's performance and plan your next Minimum Lovable Product release.

 

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Event Details

For over 35 years, developers have used Pega to solve complex problems and power the largest enterprises in the world. In light of the changing circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, those organizations and the world at large needed digital transformation innovators and leaders to help:


● Bridge the gap between distributed people and systems
● Accelerate assistance and service to those in need
● Adapt quickly to new challenges and circumstances

We searched for digital transformation innovators and wanted to see how they could use Pega to innovate and give back. So we posed both a challenge and an opportunity: show off your innovation, creativity, & skills in a 6 week digital hackathon building with Pega focused on innovation and inspiration.

Hackathon Winners

Best in Show

Given to the component or application with the highest combined judging score.

Winner: V for Volunteer

Organization: Individual

Team: Angelo Mermiklis

Description: An omni-channel web platform built on Pega 8.4 that sources new volunteering opportunities, connects your employees with opportunities, helps them grow their skill sets and rewards them.

Runner Up

Given to the component or application with the 2nd highest combined judging score.

Winner: Pyra

Organization: srcLogic

Team: Alex Vargo, Anna Whittaker, Amanda Shekarchi, Daniel Engel, bparlett, Allyson Meltzer, Joe Offutt

Description: Pyra uses a modern React UI integrated with Pega’s DX API to give employees a way to get their ideas in front of the right people to effect change in their organization, even while working from home.

Innovation Award

Given to the component or application focused on addressing new problems businesses are facing brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak and the new nature of distributed work.

Winner: Document generation via REST API (DAPI GEN v1.1)

Organization: Virtusa Corp. USA

Team: Ajanthan Arulananthar

Description: Generate documents with merge data from any application using a REST API with JSON, built on Pega Platform 8.4.

Inspiration Award

Given to the component or application addressing new worldwide problems brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak (public health, economic, etc.).

Winner: Crisis Response Management System

Organization: Cognizant

Team: Santanu Mandal, Gourab Ghosh, Arnab Paul

Description: A Pega powered intelligent app which minimizes communication gaps between an organization & its people during crisis by AI & Virtual Assistant. It accelerates assistance & services to those in need.

Community Choice Award

Given to the component or application with highest Devpost voting score.

Winner: Feed the Need

Organization: Chennai Institute of Technology

Team: Royal A, Vinoth Prabhakaran, Sandhya Kamalraj, Vishali Manivannan, Hemalatha Gandhi, Rehaana Parveen N, Rubini Madhasen, Vijayalakshmi Murugesan

Description: A platform that extends help to needy people at the right time.