Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Sponsors HACKATHONclt MMXVII

KANNAPOLIS, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cardinal Innovations Healthcare will sponsor HACKATHONclt MMXVII, the country’s largest Big Data hackathon, to showcase Charlotte’s growing technology scene on March 24 and 25 at Discovery Place Science in Uptown Charlotte.

Cardinal Innovations data scientists will join hundreds of other HACKATHONclt MMXVII participants, using their skills in a fast-paced overnight competition that aims to solve a nonprofit business problem using big data and analytic technologies. HACKATHONclt was founded by Harris Teeter and Tresata in 2013, and this year will support Big Brothers Big Sisters in its mission to provide safe, successful and stable mentoring opportunities to all kids.

“Cardinal Innovations has invested significantly in big data and analytics over the past several years, and our members are reaping the benefits through enhanced care management and improved outcomes. HACKATHONclt is a great way for us to showcase our team’s talents while continuing to give back to our community in a unique, fun way,” said Pete Murphy, Chief Information Officer for Cardinal Innovations.

Cardinal Innovations is sending a team of three data scientists, plus two alternates, who will participate in the all night HACKATHONclt. “To prepare for the hack, the team has been building on our analytics muscles with extra training, such as advancing our Python coding skills,” said Brent Matthewson, Director of Data Science for Cardinal Innovations. As they compete on March 24, the Cardinal Innovations hackers and other teams will mine massive datasets to solve a complex business problem for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

HACKATHONclt attracts tech developers, designers, analysts, enthusiasts, and hackers-for-hobby and hosted nearly 350 people in 2016. Cardinal Innovations joins Tresata, Harris Teeter, DataChambers, MillerCoors, P&G, Kforce, Discovery Place, CSI, RapidOps, Avidxchange and Clarity Solution Group as sponsors for the event, which also is supported by CTS, Patterson Pope, Priceless Misc., Rose’s Transportation and Tecedge.

“HACKATHONclt is our way of giving back to a city we call home,” said Abhishek Mehta, CEO of Tresata. “The scale this event has achieved is testament to the fact that we have one of the most dynamic technology communities in America, one which deserves to be celebrated and respected in equal measure.”

HACKATHONclt MMXVII kicks off Friday, March 24, and runs through the night, culminating in a final pitch for cash prizes on Saturday afternoon, all at Discovery Place Science. Not only is this the biggest hackathon in the country, it also carries one of the richest purses, with cash and kind prizes exceeding $20,000. While the hackathon is closed to the general public for the duration of the hacking, the event’s kickoff party and judging round will remain open.

“HACKATHONclt remains the once-a-year event that unites the tech community with non-profit organizations, giving nonprofits access to the same capabilities afforded to Charlotte’s business community,” said Danna Robinson, Communication Manager at Harris Teeter. This type of work has always been important to Harris Teeter.”

Tickets are free for spectators and participants and are available at

About Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare is the largest specialty health plan in the country, serving more than 850,000 members through its Medicaid, state and county funded plans. Using a community-based model of care management, Cardinal Innovations seeks to improve the health and wellness of individuals with complex needs by collaborating with local providers and stakeholders. Recognized for operational excellence, innovative solutions and superior outcomes for members, accuracy and speed of payments to providers, and cost-effective funds management, Cardinal Innovations is a leading healthcare company in the United States. For more information, visit, or engage with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

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