SDLC Partners’ Second Hackathon Features Gigabyte Sponsor UiPath and a complement of their automation experts.

UiPath, the leading robotic process automation (RPA) company, is the Gigabyte sponsor of SDLC Partners’ second annual Hackathon “H2,” slated for September 21-22. As the premier sponsor for 2019, they will also provide RPA experts who will serve as judges, presenters, and mentors to competing teams.

In addition to accessing the expertise of UiPath staff, participants will be able to access the UiPath Community Edition and UiPath Academy free prior to the event to advance learning.

“UiPath is providing a host of robotic process automation professionals. It is an exceptional opportunity for all of our Hackathon participants to learn from them as judges, speakers, and mentors,” states Scott Barnyak, Co-founder and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, SDLC Partners.

Included in the UiPath roster is Sumit Shrestha, Customer Success Manager, who will serve as a judge. Kristina Kaldon, RPA developer and project manager for UiPath’s Academic Alliance will serve as a presenter and mentor. Jonathan Decker, RPA developer, and Rebecca Stevens, a 2019 UiPath summer intern, will serve as mentors to some of the 18 technology teams. These teams will compete for prizes, including the $2,000 first place team award.

The Hackathon registration is now full and features regional undergraduate and graduate university students from Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne University, and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as SDLC Partners’ technical, business, and design experts.

“UiPath has committed to training 1 million students in RPA through our Academic Alliance programs in the next three years. We’re excited to partner with SDLC Partners to democratize access to RPA learning for even more students—and work towards making a robot for every person a reality,” said Kriti Kapoor, Head of Community at UiPath.

H2 will be hosted at SDLC Partners’ Solution Center in One PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh. The 18 teams will compete over one and a half days to create technology solutions that address the area’s toughest challenges around the themes of healthcare and education.

The inaugural Hackathon in 2018 hosted 85 participants and 16 teams with students from the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, and Carnegie Mellon University.

UiPath Staff Bios

Sumit Shrestha

Sumit Shrestha – Hackathon Judge
Customer Success Manager

Sumit is a customer success manager at UiPath. He partners with technology executives to help businesses achieve their automation goals. He brings a decade of experience of building software and technology services from the ground up for large enterprises. He received his MBA with a major in innovation and entrepreneurship management from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School. His automation interest spans leveraging AI and machine learning to augment digital robots with human-like cognitive capabilities to solve simple to complex business problems.

Kristina Kaldon

Kristina Kaldon – Hackathon Mentor & Presenter
RPA Developer & Project Manager

Kristina Kaldon is a RPA developer and project manager for UiPath’s Academic Alliance. Living in Los Angeles, she spends her days developing software robots that automate manual tasks for businesses and personal life, training the next generation of RPA developers, and helping professors educate the next generation of RPA professionals. Prior to that, Kristina worked as a software engineer at Abarca, a pharmacy benefit manager in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and as assistant technical staff in the space division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts. Kristina’s passions are advancing diversity and inclusion and STEAM education in underrepresented areas.

jonathan decker

Jonathan Decker – Hackathon Mentor
RPA Developer

Jonathan Decker is an RPA developer at UiPath. Before UiPath, he worked as a senior software engineer at the company Calabrio, which focuses on Workforce Optimization software.

Rebecca Stevens

Rebecca Stevens – Hackathon Mentor
Intern & Student

Rebecca is a sophomore studying Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University with a concentration in Cyber Security and Privacy. She interned at UiPath this past summer and fell in love with Robotic Process Automation. Since ending her internship, she is starting an RPA club through the UiPath Community Student Ambassador Program on campus during the fall semester.

About SDLC Partners, L.P.

SDLC Partners, L.P. is an essential leader of the Pittsburgh technology and business ecosystem. As a consultancy focused on delivering high-performance solutions for connecting business and technology, they have grown into a 400-person firm, garnering awards and attention from the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the Inc. 5000, the Pittsburgh 100, and E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

About UiPath

UiPath is leading the “automation first” era – championing one robot for every person, delivering free and open training and collaboration and enabling robots to learn new skills through AI and machine learning. Led by a commitment to bring digital era skills to more than a million people, the company’s enterprise Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platform has already automated millions of repetitive, mind-numbing tasks for business and government organizations all over the world, improving productivity, customer experience and employee job satisfaction.

Recently named by Comparably as the 6th happiest place to work and recognized for having the 11th best company culture among large businesses, UiPath is one of the fastest growing and highest-valued AI enterprise software companies worldwide.

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