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D&B Announces Winners of Inaugural DC Techathon

dnb 200Top Development Teams Selected for Innovative Approaches to Combat Public Sector Malfeasance

D&B (NYSE: DNB) 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.”

dc-tech-hackathon-smallerD&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.

For more information on how D&B currently helps the Government solve problems, visit www.dnb.com/government.

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