Marathon Data Systems Hackathon Attendees Create Apps to Help Charities and Volunteers Connect
NEPTUNE, N.J., June 24, 2014 – Marathon Data Systems (www.marathondata.com), which provides a cloud-based business management platform for companies with a mobile workforce, hosted its 2nd Annual Marathon Hackathon on June 7. Taking place in Marathon's Neptune office, the event included six teams of developers competing against each other to create the best mobile application that would help connect charities and volunteers.
During the opening of the event, leaders of local charities spoke to the developers about the challenges their organizations face in finding new volunteers. Speakers included Ginger Harris from Samaritan House Lakewood, Heather Keefe of Keefe Communications and Mike Schwartz of Hometown Heroes. In addition, a Marathon representative provided insight from the volunteer's point of view in discussing the time-consuming task of finding volunteer opportunities. Armed with this knowledge, the developers formed teams and began hacking.
"This year's event was bigger and better than last and I'm so proud that we have the staff and resources to put on events like this each year," said Chris Sullens, President and CEO of Marathon Data Systems. "Each of the teams did a fantastic job and created apps that I truly believe can help solve the issue of matching local charities with those that want to donate their time. Mike Schwartz, Heather Keefe and Ginger Harris' willingness to devote time to kick-off the event and share their successes and challenges was invaluable and is truly appreciated by me, my team and the participants."
After 26.2 hours of coding, the six competing teams presented impressive mobile applications. Samuel Carvalho, Jason Webley and Di Tang won first place, a grand prize of $1000. Monmouth University students, Justin Schlemm and Taylor Klodowski won the $400 second place prize, while Matthew Butler, Carl Addu and Adisa Craig were awarded $200 as third place winners. Marathon CEO, Chris Sullens and Mike Schwartz of Hometown Heroes judged the competition and scored the applications on creativity, usefulness of the app, and execution.
"It was great to be a part of an event like this that has such potential for making a positive impact on our local community," said Mike Schwartz. "The Marathon team did a fantastic job with the event and I applaud their willingness to step up and do what they can to help the local community each year. I am also impressed with how much the developers were able to accomplish in such a short period of time, and plan on following up with some of the teams to further develop the applications they started, as I think it would be an invaluable tool, allowing us to find more volunteers."
With the successful completion of their second Hackathon, Marathon Data Systems is already thinking of themes for its 3rd Annual Hackathon in 2015. If you are interested in joining the mailing list to receive updates on the next event, please visit: http://eepurl.com/WyiCv.
Visit www.marathondata.com for more information about Marathon Data Systems.
About Marathon Data Systems:
Named one of America’s fastest growing companies by Inc. Magazine and one of the best places to work in New Jersey for the last four years (2011 – 2014), Marathon Data Systems' cloud-based business management platform provides operational intelligence and support to drive efficiency and solve the emerging needs of companies with a mobile workforce. This intuitive, open platform speeds implementation with tailored business processes for verticals within field services and transportation and logistics. Founded in 1984, Marathon is headquartered in Neptune, N.J. For more information, visit www.marathondata.com.
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