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Macola 2017 Hackathon

Topics: Distribution, ERP, Manufacturing, technology, software development, hackathon

Posted on Sep 27, 2017 11:00:00 AM by Nick Mears

Growing Through Innovation & Creativity


2017 Hackathon

Through innovation and creativity, Macola’s development team recently completed its annual Hackathon—and we couldn’t be more impressed with the results.

But in case you’re not familiar with what a hackathon is, a hackathon is a friendly—yet very competitive—event that spurs out of the box and creative product-evolving ideas in a fun and fast-paced environment.

For this year's hackathon, the development group was split into four teams, each competing to see who could develop the most innovative Macola 10-based feature in a 48 hour time frame--including a caffeine-induced all-night development session.

The only guidance for this hackathon: develop something that would further Macola’s benefits to its end users that would...

  • Improve visibility & control of enterprise processes
  • Reduce costs and increase revenue
  • Reduce errors and improve accuracy
  • Spot bottlenecks and redundancies while increasing efficiencies
  • Reduce manual effort and paperwork through increased productivity
  • Increase customer & employee satisfaction

The Results

The competition was fierce and the creativity was impressive because the stakes were high. As a reward, each member of the winning team would receive a day away from work as well as a budget to do a team building event of their choice.

After 48 hours of concepting and development, each team presented to a panel of judges their concept, responding to questions both during and after their presentations.  After all the presentations, the winning team, Rogue 1, was selected.

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The Winning Team

Rogue 1 developed a self-service email agent and portal that would allow customers to track orders through all steps of the ordering process, including order placement, manufacturing, fulfillment, shipping and delivery. The team included Vasantha Ambat, Greta Dowell, Patrick Lingam, Mike Roberts, Jon Mawer and Scott Pickens.

Honorable mention(s) also goes to teams with other innovative ideas, such as a drone that could scan bar codes and a source code generator that turns old Macola code into new Macola code.

In response to this successful 2017 Hackathon, Derek Ochs, Macola's Director of Software Development had this to say about this event and his entire development team:

“I love seeing people exercise their ‘innovation muscles’. I am always amazed by the ideas that these folks can come up with and deliver in such a short amount of time. I’m very proud of my team and can’t wait to see some of these features in our application. The winning team developed a feature that allows our customers to offer more self-service options to their customers. This will speed up the supply chain and will eliminate a lot of customer service calls.” 

The rest of us at Macola couldn't agree more, and we'd like to congratulate and say well done to all in our development team for their hard work and creativity for yet another successful hackathon. We look forward to Macola’s continued product innovation, helping customers integrate core business functions and streamline business processes through automated workflows, document management and personalized workspaces.

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