Last week, SecurityScorecard had its annual Hackathon, where teams from all over the company came together to work on innovative ideas and turn them into actual projects within 48 hours. The theme for this year was: “AI Automation and Insights.” Each team was encouraged to explore ways to build AI features seamlessly into our user experience and increase productivity through AI and automation.
Aside from getting a free lunch courtesy of SecurityScorecard (see below) our hackathons foster an incredible environment where collaboration, communication, problem-solving, and innovation are celebrated. No idea is too out there — in fact, several products and tools on the SecurityScorecard platform were inspired by the work done in past hackathons.
Speeding Up Learning and Building Bridges
Every year, the hackathon challenges participants to work on skills they haven’t used in a while (or ever). I’m not a developer, but this year’s event gave me a chance to wear a different hat and write code. Engaging in interesting projects that fall outside the scope of a normal day is always exciting. It also gives people a chance to work with colleagues in other departments.
“I was up until 4 am working on my hackathon project… but that’s what nerds do, we love it.”
We had ten amazing teams competing this year, working on projects that focused on threat intelligence, workflows, vulnerability signals, and more. And while I tip my hat to the winning team, I applaud everyone for their efforts this year. It was a good thing we didn’t have to do our actual jobs during this event, because we spent almost every one of the allotted 48 hours on the hackathon. One morning, I was up until 4 a.m. working on my hackathon project, and I wasn’t the only one — we all were. That’s what nerds do, we love technology, so it was fun for us. In the meantime, I’ll spend the next year honing my skills — and catching up on sleep — so that I’m ready for Hackathon 2024.