CVP Shines in GSA Earth Day Hackathon Challenge

Apr 25, 2016 | Agile Systems Integration, Award, Cybersecurity, News Release, Public Sector

Fairfax, VA – April 25, 2016 – The General Services Administration (GSA) issued a challenge to IT developers to create software applications for making a greener federal government at the Earth Day Hackathon April 22 2016, and Customer Value Partners delivered.

Team CVP was one of four teams spotlighted. It won for developing a new version of the BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability) web application for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This calculator allows the selection and comparison of over 230 building products based on their environmental performance and the user’s needs and preferences. NIST provides the app to architects, designers, builders, product manufacturers, and consumers.

Team CVP performed web and mobile application design and development for a modern BEES application. As an innovation not required in the specs, the team added features for machine learning in an artificial intelligence cloud and mobile first environment.

“This is digital government innovation at its best,” said CVP CEO Anirudh Kulkarni. “State the problem clearly, and let innovative teams rapidly field a first solution in hours, rather than months. The first iteration is never right, so the sooner we can get that critical feedback from end users, the quicker we can make it right.”

Biran Miguel and Vignesh Iyer presenting the solution at the 2016 GSA Earth Day Hackathon

Brian Miguel and Vignesh Iyer presenting the solution at the 2016 GSA Earth Day Hackathon

From left to right: GSA CIO David Shive, CVP CEO Anirudh Kulkarni, NLM CIO Ivor Desouza, Brian Miguel (CVP), Andrew Vajani (GSA), and Vignesh Iyer (Winjit)

The event brought together 49 professionals, students, and government employees at the GSA’s offices in downtown Washington, DC. Ten development teams competed on tasks posed by USDA, NIST, NOAA, EPA, and other agencies.

Each team started with a description of the task and its specifications, data files, and other inputs. The evaluation criteria that six judges applied were technical competence, ease of use, and insight into data, but also factored in creativity and innovation.

The winning teams received $3,750 each in cash prizes.

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