Dominion Enterprise’s 6th Annual Hack University

Dominion Enterprise’s 6th Annual Hack University

Dominion Domains Aid 6th Annual University Hackathon

This past February two Dominion Domains team members assisted the Dominion Enterprise’s Technology Talent Acquisition Group (TTAG) in organizing the 6th annual University Hackathon. Jimmy Grimes, our Director of Registrar Operations, and Gaurav Vedi, Director of Registry Operations, helped TTAG organize the event and designed the Domain Name Suggestion Engine Challenge.

Jimmy Grimes was selected as chair and helped form a committee that consisted of employees across multiple divisions: Dominion Domains, Homes.com, Dominion Enterprises and Landmark Media Enterprises. Dominion Enterprises invited both local and regional colleges and universities.  This year’s schools included: Old Dominion University, The College of William and Mary, University of Mary Washington, Norfolk State University, University of Richmond, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Commonwealth University and ECPI. Schools could send multiple teams of three to four students. Among six different challenges provided, the Domain Name Suggestion Engine proved to be the most popular to design.

Selection of Winners

Winners of the event were selected based on their score across five criteria:

  • DE Viability: Potential to be implemented by our business; ability for DE to capitalize on our business advantages.
  • Innovation: Project is creative and best demonstrates a new and original technology solution.
  • Market Readiness: Completed and operational; ready to launch as an MVP.
  • Design: Overall best functionality, usable and clear design.
  • Presentation: Most impressive demonstration of product or app.

DE Viability was the most important and used in the event of a tie breaker. Dominion Domains benefited from the event by seeing top local talent onsite. Internships may be offered to freshmen-juniors and full/part time positions can be offered to graduating seniors that attend the event. This event not only helps support local colleges, but it builds awareness of Dominion Enterprises /Landmark and the divisions within the organization. The challenges proposed by Dominion businesses are based on current and future business plans. Seeing these ideas brought to life by students, gives us a external look of how we can approach or improve a project before internal execution occurs. The University of Mary Washington came in first place using the challenge presented by Dominion Domains.