The pandemic kept many events from happening over the past year, but the 2021 Hacks with Friends (HWF) was not one of them. The first-ever virtual Hacks with Friends kicked off on May 7 with the first of three Friday sessions thanks to the organization and resourcefulness of the planning committee, led by co-chairs Joe Lubomirski (Dearborn ITS) and Kenny Moore (ITS Ann Arbor), and lessons learned from the successful virtual Michigan IT Symposium. Eleven teams made up of 103 participants from across the Michigan IT community came together remotely to compete in a hackathon unlike any before.
Holding the 2021 HWF event was a testament to how the IT community has successfully navigated a difficult time. In his opening remarks, Ravi Pendse, vice president for IT and chief information officer, pointed out that the 2020 HWF event was the last in-person event many had attended prior to the pandemic, and how incredibly grateful he is for the resilience, hard work, and heartfelt empathy that the Michigan IT Community has shown this past year.
“You moved with rapid speed to help the U-M community,” stated Pendse. “Working together, we shifted and expanded IT services for the entire community, we led, and we took the changes in front of us head-on. From the bottom of my heart, I am grateful.”
The competition culminated mid-morning on May 21. Each team presented their hack in three-minute presentations that were voted on by a live streaming U-M audience. By noon the top four teams had been determined and advanced to the finals to present 10-minute presentations in an attempt to impress our judges.
“All the hacks were great this year,” exclaimed event co-chair Joe Lubomirski from UM-Dearborn ITS. “The diverse ideas and innovative solutions speak to the true collaborative nature of the Michigan IT community.”
In the end, it was a tight race. Points were tallied based on the official HWF judging rubric and the final results were announced.
First place — Gene-E: Genetic Testing Family Communication Prototype (Team 1)
Gene-E was created to help people with cancer communicate with their family about their risk of developing hereditary cancer. It supports patients in sharing this life-saving information with their family members. Gene-E gives patients a platform to add and keep track of family members they want to contact. It also provides a responsive email template to help the patient customize their message by communication style and the amount of information they want to share.
|Jeffrey Rosczyk||Center for Health Communications Research (CHCR), Rogel Cancer Center||Pitch leader / developer|
|Diane Egleston||CHCR, Rogel Cancer Center||Documentation specialist|
|Amanda Wright||HITS||Cheerleader & documentation specialist|
|Mike Nowak||CHCR, Rogel Cancer Center||Developer at large|
|Ian Moore||CHCR, Rogel Cancer Center||Designer & developer|
|Jill Solomon||CHCR, Rogel Cancer Center||Documentation specialist|
|Swetha Nettem||ITS Infrastructure & Sys Ops||Developer|
|Kevin Jeong||ITS Enterprise App Svcs||User experience designer|
|Penny Yang||CHCR, Rogel Cancer Center||Documentation specialist|
|Liz Bacon||CHCR, Rogel Cancer Center||Documentation specialist|
|Shelly Chang||CHCR, Rogel Cancer Center||Developer|
|Colleen Leh||CHCR, Rogel Cancer Center||Designer & developer|
Second place & People’s Choice award — Scholarships Come to You (Team 9)
Scholarships Come To You will leave no scholarship funds unclaimed by proactively alerting students of scholarships using an automated process to match students with scholarships based on eligibility. Lists of eligible students will be identified via a data visualization tool (Denodo) and a Salesforce Campaign will be used to notify students.
|Tong Sun||CoE CAEN||Pitch leader|
|Karen Saito||CoE CAEN||Project manager|
|Reinhard Wilmer||LSA – Student||Business analyst|
|Alyssa Bigley||ITS Infrastructure Networking (Intern)||Application developer|
|Victor Ogundipe Jr.||CoE CAEN||Data architect|
|Bryan Hartman||ITS Information Quest||Denodo architect|
|Jeffrey Jenkins||ITS Information Quest||Denodo architect|
|Brian Awood||ITS Infrastructure||Salesforce developer|
|George Blichar||CoE Dean-Engagement||Salesforce developer|
|Tianyu Jiang||Rackham – Student||Development assistant|
|Ran Yan||Rackham – Student||Development assistant|
|Josh Charles||ITS Enterprise App Svcs||Business sys analyst|
Third place — IT Mentor Matching On Demand (Team 10)
Mentoring is a valuable opportunity, and we need to do more of it. Since the initial pilot in 2017, nearly 200 Michigan IT staff members have participated in the Michigan IT Mentorship program. The current program involves a time-consuming manual matching process, which limits the reach to matching once per year. This hack created and identified a platform to help IT mentors and mentees find each other “on demand.” This could potentially broaden the participation and also provide near-real time matching and confirmation of mentors and mentees, as well as allow the mentorship program to be available year-round.
|Dan Stanish||Medical School – Pediatrics||Pitch leader, process, documentation|
|Will Burns||ITS Enterprise App Svcs||Design guidance & presentation|
|Aubrey Theisen Morse||HITS||Process & presentation|
|Stefanie Horvath||ITS Communications||Process, presentation, |
|Ajitha Devarajan||Development – Digital Infrastructure||Developer & documentation|
|Ed Thierbach||ITS Sec Svcs ID & |
|Developer & presentation|
|Ryan Vis||ITS Enterprise App Svcs||Business analyst|
|Abbey Roelofs||LSA TS||Developer & presentation|
|Chris Stockbridge||LSA TS||Developer|
|Rachael Wojciechowski||ITS Communications||Design guidance & presentation|
Honorable mention — Establishing passwords for sponsored affiliates (Team 2)
Most newly-created UMICH identities establish their own passwords, but uniqnames created through the Sponsorship System must have their passwords conveyed to them by the Sponsor Administrator (or, sometimes, the ITS Service Center). This hack allows sponsored affiliates to be able to set passwords on their account directly, rather than relayed by the administrator who generated the account.
|Victoria Green||ITS Sec Svcs ID & Access Mgt||Pitch leader, organizer, requirements, & testing|
|Abdulrahman Ateya||ITS Sec Svcs ID & Access Mgt (Intern)||Requirements & presentation|
|Elizabeth Barrieault||ITS Support Services||Requirements & presentation|
|Frank Wang||ITS Sec Svcs ID & Access Mgt (Intern)||Developer|
|Kyle Cochrane||ITS Sec Svcs ID & Access Mgt||Developer|
|Sheila Sanders||ITS Support Services||Requirements & testing|
|Adria Shines||ITS Enterprise App Svcs (Intern)||Requirements & presentation|
|Cindy Wang||ITS Sec Svcs ID & Access Mgt (Intern)||Developer|
|Tamariah Davis||ITS Sec Svcs ID & Access Mgt (Intern)||Requirements & testing|