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Nationwide hosts external hackathon

College teams and IT professionals from across the United States can hone their technology development skills and win cash prizes in the 2022 Nationwide Hackathon.

 Recognizing the importance of skills and education that can deliver digital innovation, Fortune 100 insurance and financial services provider Nationwide is hosting a month-long Hackathon.

 “At Nationwide, we are embracing the development of digital products that can offer convenient, seamless experiences for the people and businesses we protect,” said Angie Klett, Nationwide’s senior vice president of corporate development leadership. “We are proud to host this exciting event and can’t wait to see the innovative ideas the teams bring to life.”

 The Nationwide Hackathon is a design and development competition for students and IT professionals to collaborate on software projects with the goal of creating a functioning application programming interface product, or API, by the end of the competition. 

 “APIs are the future of how companies like Nationwide collaborate with partners in a large ecosystem,” said Michael Carrel, Nationwide’s senior vice president and chief technology officer, marketing and enterprise growth solutions. “Using this technology in a broad Hackathon event will transform how solutions are developed in a digital world.”

 Participants will work in teams of one-to-five people to build a digital solution that utilizes Nationwide’s API offerings within its Nationwide Partner Portal. The most innovative solutions may be showcased, have exposure to Nationwide technology leadership and potentially be included among Nationwide’s current API offerings. The top three teams will also receive cash prizes:

  • First place is $8,000
  • Second place is $1,500
  • Third place is $500

The virtual contest consists of an idea submissions phase that runs from Jan. 3 to Feb. 18, 2022, followed by a prototype submission phase that runs March 7 – 18, 2022. Open to U.S. citizens and/or residents of the United States and District of Columbia (except where prohibited). Contest registration and details can be found here.