Sitecore Hackathon 2015 Winners

Posted 02/18/2015 by Akshay Sura

Los Angeles, California - 18 February 2015 - Sitecore®, the global leader in customer experience management, and NTT DATA, a Platinum Sitecore Partner and global IT innovation firm, are pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Global Sitecore Hackathon.  Thirty four teams from around the world competed in the 24-hour event and twenty two teams were able to submit completed entries.  

We congratulate the winning teams, who demonstrated the best ability to leverage the Sitecore customer experience management to deliver genuine business value: 

Team Uniques in Best Development Experience Module
The target audience of this module are Sitecore developers who want to keep track of Item and Template changes while working on new features. It enables you to automatically track those changes and add additional Items manually to the process. At the end of your work, you can generate an Item Package which contains all those changes without having to go into the Package Designer and remember which Items you touched. All of this without leaving the Content Editor!

Team Bazinga! In Best Sitecore Integration Module
The Azure Media Services for Sitecore module brings the encoding and adaptive streaming capabilities of Azure to the Sitecore platform. Video content is managed entirely from the familiar Sitecore interface while in the background Azure media encoding transforms your video assets into formats suitable for viewing on desktop and mobile devices. Azure Media Services for Sitecore generates both ‘HLS’ and ‘Smooth Streaming’ video formats. These adaptive streaming technologies provide the optimal experience on all modern mobile platforms, dynamically reducing or increasing the video bitrate according to the device’s connection quality. Users on the move may switch from WiFi, to 4G, to a low strength 3G signal without any interruption to their viewing experience, yet also receive the highest quality video possible when bandwidth allows.

Team Admin/b in Best Business User Experience Module 
The Sitecore Achievement Tracker incorporates gamification into the Sitecore editor experience. Sitecore 8 offers a wide variety of new features for both Content Editors and Marketers and the Achievement Tracker incentivizes new and experienced Sitecore users to explore various aspects of the system. The tracker has been built in an extensible fashion, allowing module users to cater achievements to their specific needs.

Honorable Mention - Dream Corps Reloaded - Internal Team Winner
Dream Corps Reloaded is one of three NTT Data teams who participated and scored the highest in the Best Business User Experience Module segment. Based on the rules of the competition, an internal team cannot win or be awarded any public prizes.

The concept for the Rich Text Comments module is to provide business users with an ms word-like comments mode. The ultimate goal of the feature would be to allow one or more comments on any region of a rich text field and show date, user and the comment made. This would allow reviewers to provide much more granular feedback in-line rather than just a single comment at the work flow level or moving content outside of Sitecore to explain edits to be made.

Each member of the winning teams will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.  

We want to thank everyone for their hard work and participation.


The Sitecore Hackathon is Sponsored by NTT DATA and organized by Akshay Sura, who has been designated an MVP by Sitecore.  

NTT DATA is one of Sitecore’s most decorated partners, having contributed several core modules to the product.  As a Platinum partner, we are able to deliver projects in the Americas, Europe and Asia using local and global resources.  Working within NTT DATA’s Digital division, our Sitecore practice focuses on designing and developing multi-channel solutions that that deliver digital market disruption.  We also specialize in delivering Sitecore-based B2B and B2C ecommerce solutions.

NTT DATA is comprised of 75,000 professionals based in over 40 countries. NTT DATA emphasizes long-term commitment and combines global reach and local intimacy to provide premier professional services, including consulting, application services, business process and IT outsourcing, and cloud-based solutions. We’re part of NTT Group, one of the world’s largest technology services companies, generating more than $112 billion in annual revenues, and partner to 80% of the Fortune Global 100. 

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