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Hackweek: Where our ideas become your reality

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Back in June, the Micro Focus COBOL Development and Mainframe Software teams took part in their first ever Hackweek. An opportunity for over 100 of our developers in design centres across Europe and the USA to spend the week investigating ideas, technologies and features outside of the normal development schedule and process. You can read Phillip Miller's take on the week on our corporate blog.

Innovation and impact

The objective for our developers was to come up with something that would deliver innovation and customer impact, with a team of judges from our Development and Product Management teams deciding on the overall winner.

At the end of the week over 35 projects were submitted with supporting videos. The diversity and creativity impressed the judges though the calibre of entries meant it was very difficult to pick a winner.

Many of the features will be added to the product roadmap, with some likely to be scheduled in the next release. The results were announced and prizes awarded by Neil Fowler and Mark Conway from our HQ, with first prize going to Warren Prescott for his implementation of a File and Record Diff tool.

Winners and honourable mentions

1st Place:

Warren Prescott                                                                     

File And Record Diff Tool




2nd Place:

Gen-Nam Lam, Ted John, Imran Khalifa, Mark Gray

Language Server

Joint 3rd:

Manuel Garcia de la Torre, Hilda Orye, Sathya Venkataramani

CICS Explorer for ES

Joint 3rd

Alan Staves

COBOL Program Dynamic Analysis

Honourable Mentions

Sezgin Halibov, Rumen Georgiev, Atanas Atanasov

Docker Based Development Environment

Emiliyan Todorov, Nikolai Iliev

Code Security Vulnerabilities


Challenge us!

Have you got an idea for our next Hackweek? Give us our next challenge in the comments below.