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Hackers help state solve programming challenges

March 19, 2016

Two teams of programmers each were named winners of a recent hacking competition sponsored by Indy Chamber, which challenged coders to design software for the Auditor of State’s Office and the Legislative Services Agency. The coding projects came as part of the first-ever #INCapitolHack, which kicked off Indy Chamber’s Hack Indiana series. During the late-February event, state agencies issued challenges to software developers, who had 24 hours to pitch solutions. Teams with the top pitches then had a week to engineer their solution, and judges picked two winners.

Team Shake & Bake, the two-person team of Brian Norris and John Botta, solved the Auditor’s Office challenge, related to travel expense data. Using software company Tableau’s public platform, the duo embedded interactive dashboards on the state’s website, allowing viewers to “dig deep within public expense information and pinpoint where transactions occurred and what vendors were utilized.”

Indiana’s Legislative Services Agency asked software engineers to make bill tracking more transparent to the public. Kenneth Winner and Jacob Van Brunt at 2EZ Development created Pocket IGA—a smartphone app that allows users to flag bills and receive notifications as the bills progress through the General Assembly.

Each winning team received $2,259 in prizes and Indy Chamber services, including $1,500 in cash.•

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