|Saleforce Awards Another $1 Million|
|Written by Alex Armstrong|
|Tuesday, 03 December 2013|
Salseforce's inaugural hackathon led to an outcry from the developer community. After a review Salesforce has decided to award another $1 million to the team originally placed second. Will this satisfy the critics?
The reasons why Salesforce faced such a vehement backlash were explained in Salesforce $1 Million Hackathon Prize Causes Controversy but in a nutshell there were problems both with the outcome and with the entire process of this competition.
There were two distinct complaints about the two-man team that won the record-breaking first prize of $1 million with an app called Upshot :
The other cause for concern was about the lack of feedback and the fact that it was only the submissions from the five finalists that were made public. The element of learning from what other teams had produced was missing from this event and the judging process came in for criticism.
In his latest statement Adam Seligman tries to address all these issues by sharing the results of a week-long internal review which found that the winning team did not break the rules. Specifically the internal audit team decided:
Seligman next addresses a concern about the team whose app Healthcare.love was placed second and has now been awarded $1 million. The complaint here was that they are employed by a company funded by Salesforce. The internal review:
A lot of people would disagree with this finding and Salesforce may face a further set of angry comments at giving Healthcare.love its second $1 million.
To appease devs who were disappointed that their submissions had sunk without trace there are now 81 available to view and comment on on the Challenge Post Submission Gallery.
The other outcome that will be welcomed by devs is that Salesforce now knows that it hasn't the competency for running hackathons and that it will partner with an outside firm for future contests.
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|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 December 2013 )|