Goldman Sachs Gears Up for Fall Hackathon Season

Goldman Sachs is proud to continue its support of university hackathons throughout the 2015-2016 school year, starting this weekend at PennApps. We look forward to seeing what innovative coding solutions students come up with this season.

Hackathon School Dates
PennApps University of Pennsylvania September 4-6
MHacks University of Michigan September 11-13
BigRed//Hacks Cornell University September 18-20
Hack PR University of Puerto Rico September 19-20
HackGT Georgia Tech September 25-27
Lehman Hackathon Lehman College October 26
HackRPI Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute November 14-15

Inside CodeGS

Earlier this year, Goldman Sachs opened its doors to challenge over 100 college students to put their coding skills to work in the firm’s first ever student hackathon, CodeGS, hosted in partnership with Symphony. Student coders were tasked with creating new extensions to Symphony, the Goldman Sachs-led industry initiative to build a secure, cloud-based communications platform. Using financial news data APIs, StockUp, the winning team, created an extension allowing users to access information such as current value and historical analysis; providing interaction with a stock’s historical graph, and a look at trends over different date ranges. This creation landed the members of team StockUp a two-night trip to Symphony headquarters in Palo Alto.

The hackathon gave students a day to experience the firm’s engineering culture and learn from Goldman Sachs and Symphony developers, who served as mentors to each team throughout the hackathon.

“The individual attention that our mentors paid to us was great, and helped me learn a lot about using JavaScript and web APIs.”
- Student participant of CodeGS