Meet the MuleSoft Hackathon 2020 judges

The first-ever MuleSoft Hackathon is nearing its end and we are excited to see what all of you have created! You may be wondering what happens after you submitted your project — we have an awesome set of judges from Facebook, MicroStrategy, and MuleSoft who will be selecting the winners! Below, you can find more information about each judge as well as submission guidelines and judging criteria to ensure you create an eligible and awesome MuleSoft Hackathon 2020 project. 

As a reminder, the registration and submission deadline is November 29, 2020 at 11:59pm PT. Additionally, it is important to remember the eligibility criteria: *No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest runs from October 22, 2020 at 9:00am PT and ends on November 29, 2020 at 11:59pm PT. Open to legal residents of the U.S. (incl. D.C.), Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada (excl. Quebec), France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa, Ukraine, and the U.K. Must be 18+ (20+ in Japan). Restrictions apply. See Official Rules.

Meet the external judges

Ana Grace, Director of A.I. at Facebook

Ana Grace is the Director of Artificial Intelligence at Facebook. We are very grateful for her participation as a MuleSoft Hackathon judge! Please find her bio below: 

“In 1994, just out of college, I started my career at a small internet service provider in Houston. As the head of marketing (and the 4th employee) I would visit venues around town to show people the magic of a new idea called the World Wide Web. I patiently waited for my 14.4k modem to connect to the early websites of the day, mostly university pages, and extolled the virtues of this new revolution. Back then, the Internet was grey and left justified. It was hard for some to believe that it would soon become the backbone of a global society and yet those of us who pioneered in the space held on to the understanding that the Internet wasn’t a passing fad and we endeavored to share that vision with a world waiting to be connected.

As the internet evolved, I evolved with it, founding an early web development company and then a web marketing company. Next came eCommerce, web analytics, the mobile phenomenon and advancements like personalization, multivariate testing, clouds, big data and IoT, AR and AI. And yet with each realized milestone I know that we are still pioneers on a platform that will transform the world beyond what we can conceive today but not beyond our imagination. After a decade of working in startups, I have had the honor of leading product management for some of our nation’s biggest and best organizations. To the dreamers and visionaries who are often on the bleeding and hungry edge, I celebrate you and join you in designing tomorrow!”

Jennifer Rosenberg-Baker, Sr. V.P. Technology Operations, Chief of Staff at MicroStrategy

Jennifer Rosenberg-Baker is the Sr. V.P Technology Operations, Chief of Staff at MicroStrategy. She will be our second external judge for the MuleSoft Hackathon 2020 helping to review your project submissions and check out the awesome work of the MuleSoft Community. We are very excited to have Jennifer with us for this event! 

*The MuleSoft Hackathon contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, MicroStrategy, or any other company that employees the contest judges or is otherwise referenced in this post. 

Meet the MuleSoft judges 

Alex Theedom, Principal Technical Instructor

Alex Theedom is a principal technical instructor for MuleSoft and is a Java Champion, Java developer/architect and trainer with well over 10 years’ experience developing Java Enterprise Edition and Spring Framework applications in a variety of sectors including finance, gambling and e-learning. He also provides Java training via LinkedIn Learning and is the author of  “Java EE 8: Only what’s new” and the co-author of “Professional Java EE Design Patterns.” He regularly speaks at conferences as well as MuleSoft Meetups regarding MuleSoft for Java developers.

Andy Hui, Regional Director

Andy Hui is a Regional Director responsible for building, managing, and developing a team of talented technical advisors, architects, and engineers covering marquee, strategic, and enterprise accounts. As a regional leader, he partners with cross-functional Regional Vice Presidents and Directors to drive territory priorities and account strategies. 

Archana Patel, Customer Success Architect

Archana Patel is a Technical Architect, helping customers with their integration needs using MuleSoft. She has worked as a MuleSoft developer for six years in various domains such as banking, airline, and utilities. Archana has experience in enterprise integration, API development and the entire SDLC life cycle and is passionate about encouraging more girls and women to consider tech career options. She loves programming and does pro bono development work in my free time. Fun fact — Archana was doodling during a boring lecture at university and realized that she can, in fact, mirror write!

Jaideep Subedar, Regional Director for Customer Success

Jaideep Subedar is passionate about guiding our largest and most strategic customers to lead transformations effectively. Jaideep is seen as an insightful and valued coach by customers and helps them plan their journeys across people, process, and technology. Before MuleSoft, Jaideep led Product Management spanning multiple technologies and $1B+ product lines for over 17 years. Jaideep was involved in the RAML workgroup that defined the spec during his time before MuleSoft. 

John Lalicker, Customer Success Manager

John Lalicker is a MuleSoft Customer Success Manager based out of Dallas, Texas. Prior to joining MuleSoft, he worked as a consultant, implementing integration solutions across a variety of industries. John is a MuleSoft certified Integration and API Associate. His favorite feature of Anypoint Platform is Autodiscovery! 

Kyle Burke, Customer Success Technical Architect

Kyle Burke is a Technical Architect with the Customer Success team and he has been with the team for just over a year and a half, however, he was a customer prior to working at MuleSoft so has been working with the tool for several years. Kyle has a passion for people and enablement and loves helping his customers and colleagues become better Mule experts and seeing them grow as human beings. In his spare time, you will likely find him exploring all the fun parks in San Francisco on his scooter, Ariel.

Nagini Addagatla, Sr. Technical Consultant

Nagini Addagatla is a Sr. Technical Consultant at MuleSoft with strong customer engagement skills and a proven track record in requirement analysis, system design, development, and project delivery. She is constantly in pursuit of learning new technologies and has a strong appreciation for the connection between the solutions she builds and the experience it delivers to customers. 

Rupali Shah, Customer Success Sr. Architect Director 

Rupali Shah is a Customer Success Sr. Architect Director leading MuleSoft’s largest customers from strategic advisory and architecture perspectives to deliver global digital transformation through the use of Application Networks supported by Anypoint Platform. She has vast experience in systems architecture, conceptualization, and delivery of engaging and efficient customer experiences and platforms.

Sanjna Verma, Sr. Product Manager

Sanjna Verma is a Sr. Product Manager for the MuleSoft/Salesforce COVID-19 Data Platform as well as Mule 4 Runtime, Anypoint Studio, APIkit, and MUnit. She has experience leading and collaborating with international software development teams to merge the voice of the customer with qualitative and quantitative statistics. Sanjna enjoys piano, painting, and Instant Pot recipes in her spare time!

Sarah Vabulas, Customer Success Director

Sarah Vabulas is a Customer Success Director owning the ultimate success of MuleSoft’s top customers in the South region including customer onboarding, project success, retention, and renewal. She identifies and develops new opportunities for expansion across the customer’s business and collaborates with sales teams to ensure growth and increased solution footprints. 

Stephen Fishman, Regional V.P.- Customer Success Architecture

Stephen Fishman is the Regional V.P. of Customer Success Architecture. He has over 25 years of varied experience in the information technology, user experience, and business strategy fields. He says his daily goal is “to have a definitive positive impact on business concerns, users’ interaction experiences, and long-term technical viability.” Stephen spends most of his professional time helping enterprises envision and achieve digital transformation. 

Tricia del Carmen Hammann, Technical Instructor

Tricia del Carmen Hammann is a Technical Instructor with 27 years of process development, project management, technical support, and technical training experience. She is very passionate about balancing the possibilities of technology with individual strengths. Tricia is a multi-certified MuleSoft Certified developer.

Project submission guidelines

As you prepare your MuleSoft Hackathon 2020 submission, it is important to keep these submission guidelines in mind:

  • You must submit your project on Dev.to using #mulesofthackathon.
  • Your solution must use MuleSoft in some way.
  • Entry must use MuleSoft in the demo or project. If you are not a paid customer, you can submit your entry using a 30-day free trial account.
  • Your project must be started and completed between October 22 2020 – November 29 2020.
  • Entry must be in English.
  • Code must be licensed with a permissive license such as MIT, Apache 2 licenses.
  • You can use APIs and data sources that are publicly available. You cannot use confidential data sources or APIs in your solution.
  • Entry must be freely redistributable by Salesforce via public GitHub or similar repositories. Your code repository must be public.
  • Entry must not contain harmful or illegal activity or content or in any way violate any federal, state, or local laws, rules, or regulations.

You can find additional information in the Official Rules. Jordan Schuetz, Developer Advocate at MuleSoft, has also created an example Hackathon submission as a source of inspiration. Check it out here!

Judging criteria

In addition to the submission criteria, the Hackathon judges we introduced above will be scoring projects out of 100 points using the following criteria:

  • Creativity/innovation: 25 points possible
  • Usability/user experience: 25 points possible
  • Usage of MuleSoft: 25 points possible
  • Submission quality: 25 points possible

We are so excited to see the amazing projects you create following the above guidelines and judging criteria! If you have any questions about the MuleSoft Hackathon 2020, attend an upcoming office hour session with Hackathon team members or join the discussion group and meet other participants. Lastly, don’t forget to register and submit by Nov. 29. 2020 at 11:59pm PT. 

Disclaimer: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest runs from October 22, 2020 at 9:00am PT and ends on November 29, 2020 at 11:59pm PT. Open to legal residents of the U.S. (incl. D.C.), Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada (excl. Quebec), France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa, Ukraine, and the U.K. Must be 18+ (20+ in Japan). Restrictions apply. See Official Rules.