Hobsons Hosts Starfish ‘Going Mobile’ Hackathon

Hobsons, a leading provider of college readiness, matching, admissions, and student success and analytics solutions, today announced the winning projects from its Starfish Going Mobile Hackathon event held June 26-28 at the company’s Arlington, VA, office.

Over the course of three days, nine teams consisting of more than 50 developers, web designers, and user experience researchers and designers iterated to create new mobile solutions that empower advisors and engage students.

Participants from the University of Georgia and Montgomery County Community College worked side-by-side with Starfish developers, data scientists, engineers, designers, and product managers to conceive and define a project, spec out their concepts, and present their approaches. Hobsons judges selected winners for three main awards:


  • The Quality, Operations, and Technical Excellence (QOT) Award: This award was given to a Starfish team comprised of Erik Little, Dusan Puletic, Akash Deshpande, and Marc Carrion, whose project “Mapping Courses to Jobs” stretched technology, collaborated across functions, and showed distinct technical superiority. The team designed a solution using natural language processing (NLP) that extracts and matches keywords from a student’s academic plan to actual job listings in their area, helping students to better understand end goals.
  • The Peer Recognition Award: Decided by the Hackathon participants themselves, this award went to the Starfish team of Janice Gluck, David Kotsonis, and Darshan Shaligram, whose “Visualize Import Batch Execution and Failure” project developed monitoring and visualization tools that provide insight into the way that large amounts of data flow within the Starfish platform.
  • The Best “Going Mobile”…

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