ONUG Announces Winner of Grand Challenge Hackathon

Project Contiv Selected as Best Software-Managed Infrastructure Innovation

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 11, 2016 (Open Networking User Group Spring 2016) – The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) today awarded Vipin Jain, lead of Project Contiv as the winner of its Grand Challenge Hackathon at ONUG Spring 2016. Kicked off on April 1, the SDN Hub sponsored competition involved numerous developers from across the globe emphasizing innovative new tools and applications in the important area of network automation. ONUG Board members along with SDN Hub launched the challenge to the ONUG Community and beyond.

The hackathon reinforces ONUG’s commitment toward open, programmable, automated computer networks. Participants included teams with a maximum of four people, working on original ideas over a virtual forum. The Project Contiv winning solution showcases policy automation for containerized applications based on application developer’s intent for trusted/signed container images. This winning entry will be shared with the ONUG Community today during ONUG’s Software-Managed Infrastructure Session at ONUG Spring hosted by Intuit in Mountain View, California.

“Open programmable infrastructures lay the groundwork for applications that introduce a new generation of business value,” said Nick Lippis, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of ONUG. “We were pleased by the number of entries and range of participants. I would like to congratulate Project Contiv and the other entrants for their significant contribution; ONUG is thrilled to share this ground-breaking, winning entry with the IT community.”

IT business leaders who led ONUG Working Groups developed the fundamental concepts for the Grand Challenge Hackathon. The executives identified key common requirements necessary to automate the lifecycle of Software-Managed Infrastructure. The four working groups highlighted within this stack and earmarked for making software-managed infrastructure open and automated include: Traffic Monitoring/VisibilityNetwork State Collection, Correlation, and Analytics; SDN Federation/OperabilityCommon Tools for Automated Configuration and Change Management.

As part of the competition, programmers wrote code on the platform of their choice. An esteemed panel of ONUG Board members, including Carlos Matos of Fidelity Investments, Neal Secher of BNY Mellon, Ted Turner of Intuit, and Aryo Kresnadi of FedEx, judged the final entries based on creativity, uniqueness, feature set, technical depth, and the ability of the solution to address the ONUG IT Services Lifecycle Framework. In addition to the presentation during today’s ONUG Conference, the winning team received $2,500 and all applications are now open-sourced and made available to the ONUG Community and industry at large via the ONUG GitHub website. We encourage the community to build upon these use cases.

About ONUG

ONUG is the leading community of IT executives focused on enabling greater choice and options for IT business leaders by advocating open interoperable hardware and software-defined infrastructure solutions that span across the entire IT stack, all in an effort to create business value. The ONUG Board is composed of IT leaders from Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Cigna, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, FedEx, Fidelity Investments, Gap Inc., GE, Intuit, JPMorgan Chase, the Lippis Report, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, UBS, and Yahoo. For more on ONUG, go to http://www.onug.net or follow us on Twitter @ONUG_

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