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Eccles students compete in the Information Systems Hackathon

On Nov. 1-2, 2019, the Information Systems major partnered with Domo and Layton Construction to host the annual Information Systems Hackathon. Nine teams (five graduate and four undergraduate) were given 24-hours and a use-case and dataset from Layton Construction. They were challenged to identify variables that correlate with safety incidents and provide KPIs using the Domo visualization and BI platform. They presented their solutions to a panel of judges, who then selected the winners.

The Hackathon allows students to experience real-world data analytics. They learn to apply new skills (data analytics/visualization, public speaking, etc.) outside the classroom, which builds their resumes and makes them more competitive as they pursue job opportunities. 

First-place teams received $250 per individual, a voucher for Domo Level 2 Certification, Domopalooza 2020 passes ($1,295 value), and interviews with the sponsors.  Second-place teams received $150 per individual, interviews with the sponsors, and a spot in our next competition, Game Day Analytics, in January/February 2020. Domo provides all competing students with certification and potential internship opportunities.

Congratulations to our winning teams:

1st place, Graduate Team (Machine Forgetting)

  • Kenan Spruill   
  • Will Schworer  
  • Dan Ellsworth  

2nd place, Graduate Team (Team Alpha)

  • Sandeep Kumar Mundlapati    
  • Dheeraj Kumar Kamarapu      
  • Chengxin Cai   
  • Neha Poojari

1st place, Undergraduate Team (Fidelity)

  • Luke Jowers    
  • Nate Nellis     
  • Michael Blum   

2nd place, Undergraduate Team (Los Cipotes)   

  • Noah Harmer
  • Armando Gonzalez     
  • Kenneth Lopez Joa     
  • Jose Moreno   

We owe many thanks to our sponsors, Domo and Layton Construction, with special thanks to Dani Weinstein, Head of Global Community/University Outreach at Domo and his intern Zac Decker; and Jeff Metcalf, Information Systems VP at Layton Construction. We also want to thank the judges from Domo (Jared Cook and Blake Woodward), Layton Construction (Heather Densley and Ritu Soni), Mason McMullin, Kim Tanner (University IT), and Eccles School faculty (Don Wardell and Dave Norwood).

This valuable partnership between the Information Systems Program at Eccles and Domo has resulted in more than 228 student engagements (with Domo) via workshops, the Hackathon, and info sessions. We look forward to more future collaborations.

2019-11-07T08:19:41-07:00November 6th, 2019|


  1. Nate Nellis November 7, 2019 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Participating in the hackathon was a wonderful opportunity. I love solving problems, and having something outside of a generated homework assignment to work on was amazing. It was so much fun to have the real data and the real problem to work on, and I’m grateful to Layton and Domo and the IS department at the U for giving us this opportunity.
    -Nate Nellis

  2. […] The event attracted 10 teams of three to four students per team and marked the second time Domo and Layton Construction have joined forces to hold a hackathon at Utah’s oldest institution of higher education. […]

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