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IoT Cloud hackathon drives new demos

Laurie Pattison
Senior Director

We held a two day IoT Cloud Hackathon at our Oracle Santa Clara campus last week.  

The event was a huge success, and the judges all commented on the great demos that can be leveraged to showcase the IoT Cloud, and in many cases, an entire Integrated Cloud story. The event had representation from across the stack and roles from Apps, Middleware, Sales Enablement, Partner Enablement, Solution Architects, Hardware and Performance Technologies. The cross-org and functional teams took the challenge to develop both productizable and highly demonstrable entries. 

IoT Hackathons require A LOT of supplies

Congratulations to all nine teams that participated, and to the winners:

People’s Choice Award: Team Hope (Chandan Kasera, John Punin, Xin Li, Chidananda Pati, Gnani Palanikumar) for their inspiring entry integrating EBS and IoT CS to showcase a prescription refill process.

3rd Prize: Team 3rd Eye (Manju Juneja, Maneesh Kumar, Anshuman Sharma, Gopal Rao) for their integrated hospital supply replenishment system.

2nd Prize: Team Shared Services (Rick Perotti, Christina Paulus, Mihail Croitoru, Kirk Leibert) for their complete life sciences solution to optimize medical device delivery, integrating the IoT Cloud and no less than 3 additional Cloud Services.

First Prize: Team Brilliant Factory (Gopal Ratnam, Sreeram Hariharan, Nikhil Tungare, Arvin Tjen, Bryan So, Venkat Visweswaran), repeating their win from last year’s IoT hackathon for their entry showcasing how Oracle can power the factory of the future with innovative IoT sensor-driven apps.

Team Brilliant Factory showing off their winner certificates


Team Shared Services

The quality of entries continues to improve in each event we run.  The mentors were amazed at the amount of work teams were able to accomplish in a short 2 days.  Mentors, of course, helped make that happen with countless hours spent training participants, prepping and testing the IoT CS build, Raspberry Pi’s and sensor kits we provided, a project to make it very easy to connect a Raspberry Pi with GrovePi sensors to Oracle IoT Cloud Service, enabling teams to quickly focus on their value-added solutions.  

Thanks to those mentors: Hinkmond Wong, Jasper Potts, Noel Portugal, Raymond Xie, Lancy Silveira, Antonio Aguilar, DJ
Ursal, Erika Webb, Mindi Cummins.

 Mentors and organizers may do a lot of work, but they have fun, too.

Many thanks to Bhagat Nainani, GVP of the Oracle IoT Cloud Service, who sponsored the hackathon.  Bhagat was joined on the judging panel by Harish Gaur, Senior Director, IoT Cloud Service product management, and my boss and colleague Jeremy Ashley and Jake Kumamoto, who all lent their expertise and insight into judging the entries. 

In addition to our typical fun yoga or gym break, Gopal Ratnam from Team Brilliant Factory showcased the further development of last summer’s IoT Hackathon win. It’s very inspiring to us all to see the progression of the great ideas that get developed in the hackathons.

No, they're not doing the hokey pokey.  Stretch breaks help focus. 

It was the first event we held on the beautiful campus. Most buildings were built around the turn of the century and the campus
is a beautiful oasis surrounded by trees. We had quite a few jokes during the hackathon that played on the original
purpose for the campus. A few uses before Sun, and then Oracle acquired it; the location was previously known as Agnews Home for the Chronic Insane.

We don’t let the grass grow under our feet. After the IoT Cloud Hackathon, Erika and I went on to the UK to meet with Oracle’s Usability Advisory Board. We just wrapped up a talk where we shared with our board members some tips on using design jams and hackathons to accelerate innovation within their companies and with their customers.

Are you running innovation events in your own company and have any tips for share? Let us know. We’re passionate about hackathons and love to grow the community of people who run them. In our next event, I’ll be joined by a lot of those hackathon gurus. I’m helping organize a hackathon in June that will run in conjunction with the OECD Ministerial on the Digital Economy and focused around the theme of Connected Communities, Connected Lives. Oracle is a premier sponsor of the event, along with AT&T, Cisco, Google, Disney, Intel, Microsoft, ITAC and Verisign.  I'll definitely be tweeting and blogging about my experiences.

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