Nov 21, 2013

D&B Announces Winners of Inaugural DC Techathon

Top Development Teams Selected for Innovative Approaches to Combat Public Sector Malfeasance

SHORT HILLS, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- D&B (NYSE: DNB), the world's leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses, today announced the winners of its Inaugural DC Techathon held recently at Microsoft's Chevy Chase Campus in Washington, DC. More than 100 developers in twenty-two teams competed over two days for a total of $30,000 in cash and prizes. Teams were tasked with building solutions to combat malfeasance in the public sector, including business identity fraud, cyber security, money laundering, and global trade/border protection.

The winning team, comprised of developer and designer Murali Bala and Zech Kottilil, topped the field, walking away with the $15,000 first-place award. They created a sleek interface that combined multiple data sources in one easy-to-navigate platform, with potential to impact both the public and private sector. The $7,500 second place team impressed the judges with their easy-to-use interface to help identify potentially fraudulent businesses based on an array of data elements including the physical address' street view and a company's D&B fraud score. An application enabling comparative research on the quality of medical and assisted care facilities netted the third-place award of $2,500. Five teams received honorable mentions and took home $1,000 for their efforts.

"We were very pleased with the overwhelming turnout of talented developers, building on the growing community of technology experts who recognize the value of working with D&B," said Josh Peirez, President, Global Marketing, Product and Innovation at D&B. "Techathons are in line with the visionary innovation created in D&B's iLab development group every day — and we are planning additional developer events in other technology hubs next year."

D&B assembled an impressive selection of judges for the event from a range of markets, including government, technology, venture capital, and D&B data experts. The developers leveraged D&B's global business information database, the D-U-N-S® Number and D&B's web services API, D&B Direct 2.0. Participants also used data sets, APIs and visualization tools from partner data providers.

The judging panel evaluated applications based on five criteria:

  • Potential to impact target audience
  • Quality and accuracy of solution
  • Creativity and originality
  • Potential for further development and use
  • Potential to engage and motivate target audience

An overview of the event and the winning solutions can be found here.

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