Salesforce crowns second hackathon king after criticism

December 3, 2013No Comments

Salesforce crowns second hackathon king after criticismSalesforce deemed the $1 million prize for its recent hackathon as the “biggest single hackathon prize in history.” It appears that pot has grown even sweeter.

After allegations of favoritism, secret judging, and a rigged contest for the company’s first-pick winner, Salesforce announced Monday that there will also be a second winner. This means Salesforce will pay out a total of $2 million to the top two winning developer teams.

The Salesforce1 hackathon was a competition held last month in which more than 4,500 developers worked to create apps built on the Salesforce1 platform. In all, more than 150 apps were submitted. Salesforce deemed Upshot the winner. However, shortly after, it was discovered that one of Upshot’s developers was a former Salesforce employee who allegedly got a jumpstart on the contest.

Salesforce maintains that the contest was not rigged. Immediately after Upshot’s team players became clear, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff promised an internal investigation. This review concluded that Upshot met eligibility requirements because the employee had left Salesforce before the deadline specified in the hackathon’s rules. 

However, the review also determined that the judges could have been given more information to evaluate the final round entrants’ use of pre-existing code. Hence, has now also been declared a winner.

“The developer community has been very active in sharing its expectation to make this competitive process better,” Salesforce’s Applications and Platform president Alex Dayon said in a statement. “We look forward to even more innovation from our next Salesforce1 Hackathon, which we are planning now.”

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