AppDynamics Kicks Off Its First Ever 48-Hour Hackathon

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Hackathon: A hackathon, also known as a codefest, is a social coding event that brings computer programmers and other interested people together to improve upon or build a new software program (TechTarget).

This month, over one hundred employees piled into conference rooms and meeting areas to participate in AppDynamics first ever internal Hackathon. The 48-hour event kicked off in the San Francisco headquarters, with a total of 115 participants primarily from the R&D org, the portal team, and technical field team.

A long time goal for AppDynamics Founder and CEO, Jyoti Bansal, the event drew an overwhelming turnout. Thanks to a stellar team of planners, consisting of HR Business Partner, Engineering, Madhu Jadhav, Director of Engineering, Andy Buteau, Director of Engineering Operations, Rajpal Sodhi, and Head of University Recruitment, Heidi Newiger, the event was nothing short of an absolute success.

Coders of all levels were encouraged to join and register with both a team and an idea. The concept of the event was to get the entire company involved to try and come up with new and interesting ideas. “There is a lot of pent-up innovation at AppDynamics! Opportunities like this give engineers a chance to get time to do it,” said Buteau.

The event was an opportunity to strengthen team bonding, reward, and foster innovation among our engineer organization and increase cross-team collaboration. Participants had the chance to get to know and work with fellow engineers all while taking pride in the accomplishment of doing something creative, innovative, and fun. “It’s an awesome way for engineers to turn their great ideas into something real.  There’s a great chance one of the hacks will turn into a monetizable project,” states Buteau.

Headquarters was buzzing with energy during the two-day event, due to the majority of employees being based in SF. Red bulls, pizza boxes and snacks filled the kitchen, as many teams stayed long hours into the night to hack away. Multiple prizes were given out for various challenges but first prize winners were given Restricted Stock Units (RSUs).

The Hackathon resulted in incredible collaboration and positive feedback. The turnout for both signups and demos more than doubled what they initially planned for, with 50+ signups consisting of 120+ engineers and more than 35 demos presented at the end.  Due to its immense success, there is no doubt that another Hackathon is on its way in the future!

Thank you to all the organizers and participants and congratulations our winners:

  • First Place: Scalable Search – Abhi Sharma, Puneet Anand, Akshay Phadke
  • Second Place: Fix Java Code – Vinay Srini, Anthony Kilman, Aaron Steinfeld, Suraj Puvvada
  • Third Place: Flowmap Recycled – Dhairyashil Padalkar, Vinay Gangoli, Divyanshu Mittal, Yoko Li

Brooke Bonime

Brooke Bonime

Brooke is a part of the AppDynamics marketing team. A Seattle native and University of Oregon graduate,Brooke is passionate about writing, traveling, cooking, music and social justice. Connect with her on Twitter @BrookeBonime.