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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Mountain States IS team triumphs at prestigious AngelHack 'hackathon' event

From left to right: Dustin Quillen, Kristen Scheven (VP of Marketing for AngelHack), Hunter Williams, Evan Blankenship and Tyler Bright.ATLANTA, Ga. – Several Mountain States IS (information systems) department team members competed with the world’s best and brightest at the 10th AngelHack Global Hackathon Series at The Iron Yard on May 20-21 – and won the grand prize! The group included Evan Blankenship, Tyler Bright, Dustin Quillen and Hunter Williams.

The AngelHack series is a competitive event held in nearly 50 locations around the globe. By participating, the Mountain States team joined more than 120,000 developers who are committed to bettering the world, their cities, their organizations and themselves.

“Our entire team is proud of this accomplishment, as it demonstrates the superior level of knowledge, expertise and initiative that permeates our team,” said Paul Merrywell, Mountain States’ chief information officer. “Congratulations, Hunter, Dustin, Evan and Tyler. Your drive and expertise reflect very favorably on Mountain States Health, the information technology department and your respective teams and leadership.”

AngelHack provided them the opportunity to put their collective programming, design and application development skills to the test in a fast-paced challenge. The Mountain States team competed against teams of coders, designers and entrepreneurs from around the world in a challenge to take a new and innovative idea from concept to demo in just one day.

The team created an innovative new mobile food app. All the code from the team’s new design had to be completely fresh with all teams starting and ending at the same time. Each new design was graded on specific criteria such as fundability, execution, end-user experience, originality and scalability.  

The Mountain States team walked away with several great prizes, including an exclusive invite to AngelHack’s HACKcelerator event where these ambitious hackers will connect with thought-leaders and experienced entrepreneurs in the hacking community. The team now has a chance to compete in Silicon Valley for the annual Global Demo Day and participate in a week of extensive pitch training for their idea.

“This event provided us with the opportunity to test our skills against other development teams,” Williams said. “We're really proud of our grand prize win in Atlanta and we're looking forward to competing on a global stage at Demo Days in the fall.”

The team also received a 12-week curriculum to turn their hackathon idea into a startup reality, three months’ access to the Ubidots IoT (Internet of Things) lab platform, 5,000 free API calls to restbai (Restb Artificial Intelligence) per month for a year, and $200 in Amazon Web Services credit for each team member – all very nice prizes for the interests of this outstanding group of team members.

AngelHack was sponsored by IBM, Hewlet Packard, Amazon, Gortech Alliance and Code for a Cause.