Last week in Nashville was our annual company Summit, where we all get together with our partners and customers as we celebrated our 10th Anniversary.
What marked this Summit from previous events was the additional developer focus in terms of activities, content, and training. We were pleased to have expanded our Hackathon significantly from last year, had our first ever developer track, and offered training as we normally do.
Kicking everything off on Saturday afternoon was the Hackathon, where we had 7 teams of roughly 6 partner/customer developers paired with an Acumatica subject matter expert to help guide and mentor each team.
They worked hard, starting at 2 pm on Saturday until Midnight or longer. The teams reconvened on Sunday at 10 am to finish up any work needed before the team presentations at 12:30 pm. Judging the competition was our CTO, Mike Chtchelkonogov, Ali Jani, Chief Product Officer, and Ajoy Krishnamoorthy, VP Platform Strategy.
Each team delivered a great diversity of solutions, adding unique functionality to the platform. A couple of teams decided to answer the call from customers’ top enhancement requests. While others took some rather creative approaches — integrating lesser known services and integrating them into the platform.
Here are a summary of what was produced:
From these solutions, the judges ended up picking the top three solutions. In 3rd place was Team Epsilon, who simplified & extended our e-Sign integration, which is an unified eSignature integration for Acumatica Cloud ERP that supports DocuSign and Adobe Sign. They took the source code we originally published in GitHub here, and minimized the manual steps/clicks and further automated the sending out of documents to be signed.
In Second Place, Team Alpha who integrated facial recognition into the approval process within Acumatica. As Joe Satlin put it, “the Cloud is full of services, ripe for the picking. Our solution, AcuFace demonstrates how easy it is to use these services to extend the xRP platform by integrating Azure Cognitive Services to add facial recognition to approvals.”
And the grand-prize winner, judged to be the “best of the best” was Team Beta. This team took the biggest risk and leveraged some hardware to boot: a router and a Raspberry Pi device to host an Astrix VoIP Server, managed by FreePBX – a web-based open source GUI. They were able to integrate these into Acumatica to provide click to dial and returning contact information for caller ID. They were able to create activities for inbound and outbound calls, using push notifications to pop up contact record for incoming calls or create a new contact for unknown callers. All and all, very impressive.
Many of the Hackathon solutions’ source code is already available on GitHub, here. The remaining solutions should be posted shortly to each team’s repositories.
The Hackathon was followed by our first-ever Developer Track on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. There will be more on that in a couple of days.
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