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Lindner Student Wins Nationwide Hackathon Contest

Monday, December 19, 2016 6:28 PM
Competition Challenged Teams at Headquarters of Insurance Giant

Columbus, Ohio – On July 16 and 17, Nationwide Financial hosted a ‘Hackathon’ contest at its worldwide headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. The goal of the competition was to challenge its best and brightest employees to develop a solution to a hypothetical problem set forth by the company.

26 teams from offices throughout the region were assembled and asked to come up with a working prototype for the competition.

The employee teams were given just 20 hours to complete the project, which was then judged on a variety of factors by Nationwide’s leadership team. Prize categories ranged from ‘Most Original’ to ‘Best Design.’

“We were tasked with developing a solution that helped sell financial products,” says Dhawal Sharma, a UC Lindner College of Business Master of Science in Information Systems student who is finishing his last cooperative education (co-op) rotation before graduating in December. “Our team of five people had to create an entire solution from ideation to implementation in less than a day.”

Sharma is certainly no stranger to the technological side of business. The soon-to-be Lindner alum carries nine certifications, codes in 10 different computer languages, has freelanced with Google 3D Warehouse and even worked in the Government of India’s Department of Atomic Energy.

His future plans are equally ambitious. "In the long run, I would like to align IT, Business & Analytics into my career, utilizing everything I have learned while at Lindner" he says. 

As for the competition, Sharma and his team took the ‘Most Original’ prize and their idea is currently being reviewed for possible implementation by Nationwide.