MongoDB World 2022 Call for Speakers - 5 Tips For a Successful Submission
MongoDB World is back in New York City on June 7-9 2022, and Call for Speakers is open until January 18! We are looking for speakers who can inspire attendees by introducing them to new technologies, ideas, and solutions. If your team is building amazing things with MongoDB, we want to hear about it. Are you passionate about a topic but have no speaking experience? Not a problem. We welcome first-time speakers and encourage speakers from underrepresented groups in technology to apply. We offer outline workshops, slide design training, and one-on-one coaching with a professional speaker coach for all accepted speakers. Additionally, we have an anonymous grading process and your speaker information is hidden from the committee during grading, so we grade the submissions based on content only. Our reviewers have to review a lot of submissions every year. Here are 5 tips for a submission that will stand out from the crowd: Review sessions from previous events — Take a look at our past talks at MongoDB.live 2021 to get an idea of what types of talks we accepted. We also love to hear about topics that are new or unique from what we already have. Have a simple and clear session title — The title is the first thing that our reviewers will see. Puns, creative wordplay, and “hooks” in titles are okay, but make sure that if all someone knew was the title, they still would have some idea what the presentation is about. Include key takeaways in your description — The description is what will convince us to accept your talk. Use the description to explain what the problem is. How did you solve it? Include tons of examples of what you’d talk about. For help developing your description check out the free MongoDB University course and learn more about writing abstracts here . Tell us more in the notes section — Use the notes section to explain the details of your talk in a bit more conversational way. Share your experience with the problem, give us the outline of your talk, or explain why MongoDB World would be less without your talk. Select the right track and session format — We have 8 tracks at MongoDB World this year and 3 different session formats (session, lightning talk, tutorial). Make sure to read the descriptions for each track and submit to the right one for your talk. We review every talk and do our best to move talks to other tracks, but sometimes they can fall through the cracks. Selecting the right track and session format will ensure that your talk is reviewed properly. Call for Speakers is open until January 18, 2022. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of MongoDB World and submit your proposal today! Learn More
MongoDB Hackathon is Here
As crazy as it sounds, we are approaching the end of 2021. While we start to look towards the new calendar year, MongoDB has something fun for all developers to get your creative juices flowing. Announcing the MongoDB Atlas Hackathon on DEV , a chance for you to unleash your creativity, show off your skills, and win great prizes! The Hackathon will run from December 13 to January 13th, and there will be five grand prize winners, each worth $1500. The two rules to remember are that your submission must include a published post on DEV using the #atlashackathon tag, and you must have a public GitHub repository with an Apache 2 license. That’s it. The rest is up to you. Build that game you’ve always wanted, or create an app that manages to bring friends and family closer together, despite being on opposite sides of the world. Work together, work alone, work remotely, just have fun! As long as your project utilizes MongoDB, you’re in. Just make it creative, make it well designed, and of course, well made. Good luck! We can’t wait to see what you come up with. To view official rules for the MongoDB Atlas Hackathon on DEV, click here .
10 Exciting Things About MongoDB.local London
After nearly two years of the coronavirus pandemic preventing in-person events, MongoDB is very excited to once again see people face-to-face at MongoDB.local London! This event is designed to help developers grow and will be packed with educational content to teach you how to build data-driven applications without distraction. MongoDB.local London will be run as a hybrid event, featuring both in-person and virtual attendance options. For those unable to attend in-person, we will live stream most sessions for you to enjoy. All streamed content will be available on-demand for 30 days after the event. In-person attendance for the event is limited, so head over to our registration page and sign-up today! MongoDB.local London takes place on November 9, 2021. There will be something for everyone at .local London. Here are 10 exciting things about our upcoming event: Hear it Here First: The Keynote presentation will provide a recap of the products released in MongoDB 5.0 and highlight the new features in 5.1. Following the keynote, attendees can pose questions to MongoDB CTO, Mark Porter, CPO, Sahir Azam, and a larger panel of MongoDB experts. Customer Stories: During these sessions, attendees will hear from MongoDB customers and community members about how they are utilizing the MongoDB data platform to enhance the way they work with data. These sessions will include speakers from Boots, Vodafone, NatWest, and DWP Digital. “Ask Me Anything" Panels: Attendees can have their questions answered and problems solved live by a panel of MongoDB engineers and product experts. Panel topics include Performance & Security, the Aggregation Pipeline, and Schema Design. Technical Sessions: Over the course of the event, there will be 20+ educational technical sessions that will cover beginner, intermediate, and advanced level content. The information in these sessions has been selected specifically for this audience and will be delivered by the MongoDB experts who build the data platform. MongoDB Product and Feature Demos: The MongoDB product teams will be conducting dozens of demos on everything MongoDB, from Atlas to Ops Manager . This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about MongoDB and how it can work for you. Ask the Experts: Our MongoDB Experts will be offering free 1:1 technical consulting sessions where attendees can ask any technical questions that they have. Only available to in-person attendees. Deep-Dive Tutorials: Opportunity to learn by doing long-format, classroom style sessions on the latest data trends with MongoDB. You will receive 1:1 attention from MongoDB experts while you get hands-on with the data platform. Only available to in-person attendees. Community Café: Come to the Community Café stage where there will be an “up close and personal” with MongoDB CTO, Mark Porter, customer interviews, trivia, and so much more! Happy Hour: In-person attendees can grab some food and drinks at the event happy hour. Here’s your chance to engage and network with other attendees. Swag: Is it really a tech event if there isn’t some free swag? Stop by the event booths to get some swag from our MongoDB team members. Register today to save your spot for the event! Whether you attend in-person or virtually, we look forward to having you join us!
Insight into the World of a Top-Level Executive
The MDBWomen’s Group recently hosted a company-wide event with guest speaker, Maya Leibman , Executive Vice President and CIO of American Airlines . Maya covered a wide-range of topics, including her 27-year career at American Airlines, her successes and learnings along the way, and what it means to be the “air traffic controller” of American Airlines’ technological transformation. Maya Leibman, Executive Vice President and CIO of American Airlines Here are just a few of the highlights from the insightful event with Maya: Question: Being at the technology helm of the world’s largest airline is quite an awe inspiring position. What does your role entail? Answer: I have been with American Airlines for 27 years and have done a lot of different roles both inside and outside technology. I have done this job for the last eight or nine years and I have responsibility for all things technology. Everything from development to infrastructure, cyber, data and next generation tools and practices. Q: You have been described as the air traffic controller of American’s technological transformation. What do you think they meant? A: An air traffic controller is responsible for ensuring that everything goes smoothly at the airport which is a really complex place. My team and I have responsibility for ensuring that as we modernize the way we deliver technology that we do it in a safe and secure way and a way that recognizes the risks and seeks to minimize them. We are taking something really complex and making it as smooth as possible. Q: How has COVID impacted your approach to technology innovation? A: It has been impactful in so many different ways. The biggest is in the ways that we are working. Who knew that in the space of a couple of days we would all have to go home and find ways to connect, work and be productive? We would never have thought that it would be as easily done as it was. At American, we say that everyone has a responsibility for innovation. Q: How do you empower different teams and measure how innovative they are? A: What is hard with a big company is that people like consistency, standards, and predictability so processes get built around things and it’s like a fence that prevents innovation. We can’t hire people and put them in a tiny pen because they’ll never achieve what we hired them for. As leaders, we need to have the judgement to understand that while we need standards and consistency, we can’t have it at the expense of people thinking their best thoughts, spreading their wings, and producing new, innovative approaches not just to what we are doing but how we are doing it. (Top left to bottom right: Alexandra Hills , Lacy Ceder , Stephanie Samuels , Maya Leibman ) Q: How has your leadership style evolved over time? A: Every positive attribute you can think of can be used to describe leadership. Personally, for me, it plays on both what your strengths and weaknesses are. One of my strengths is communication. I believe that part of my success as a leader has been the ability to communicate, stand up in front of a group, make compelling arguments and be somebody who can speak confidently with authority and knowledge. One of my weaknesses is listening. I’m not good at it; I interrupt people and am impatient. Honing my leadership skills means trying to get better at the things I’m not good at. Q: You have talked about the JetStream Program quite openly. Why is that and what did you learn from it? A: Jetstream was a disaster. It was a project that my group worked on for two years to develop this system that would re-write our reservation system. During that time, not one line of code was written and that’s how bad it was. We’ve all had experiences in our careers that we are not proud of and I think we should be open about them because it makes us more real and relatable. That’s life. Q: How do you lead your team through those moments of disaster? A: A lot of that has to do with developing an experimental mindset. Technology transformation is all about being willing to experiment and to learn and if it doesn't work, to pivot and do something different. That’s what Agile delivery transformation is all about. When you’re building technology you are doing something that nobody has ever done before so why do you think you are going to get it perfect the first time? Q: You didn’t start at CIO. How did your other roles at American shape you? A: I had ten or 15 jobs in the 27 years and each one has taught me different things. You just extract whatever you can from whatever role you are doing. The one thing I learned is that nothing is linear. We all got to where we are through twists and turns so you have to take your hands off the wheel a little bit and recognize that things are going to come along that you might not have expected. Don’t get too stressed about how your career is going. Everything really works out in the end. Q: Do you have any advice on how women can overcome difficult conversations and negotiations on things like salaries? A: Certain things are endemic to gender and I think it’s important to remember that the men you work with are not hesitating to go to their boss and say they want a review or more money. A lot of women think their work will speak for itself and that they don’t have to put themselves out there but you do have to have those difficult conversations and you do have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable about them. Find a friend and rehearse them before time or have somebody role play with you. We, as women, need to get to a place where we feel confident having those discussions. Q: What has been the biggest challenge in your career and how did you overcome it? A: The merger between American and US Airways was really hard. Hard from a work perspective and also from a people perspective. We were trying to bring two cultures together and two different philosophies around technology. It was a difficult time in a lot of ways. One of the things I insisted on was that we assume positive intention. You have to go into this assuming that everyone is doing the best possible thing. It’s so easy to vilify other people. Q: How do you envision the transition back after COVID? A: People are diametrically opposed on how they think about risk. It’s important when we return to the office to be empathetic with everyone’s re-entry into this process. For me, it’s not about whether we’re going to work from home, it’s about when we are going to work from home. Thank you, Maya for a phenomenal event and for sharing your expertise with the MongoDB community. You are an amazing role model in technology and we appreciate you sharing your insights with us!
Congratulations to the 2021 Innovation Award Winners!
The MongoDB Innovation Awards honor projects and people who dream big. They celebrate the groundbreaking use of data to build compelling applications and the creativity of professionals expanding the limits of technology with MongoDB. This year the company received entries across dozens of industries, ranging from disruptive, emerging start-ups to industry-leading global enterprises. We are thrilled to announce the 12 winners who are being honored this year during MongoDB.live. William Zola Award: Michael Höller - An independent software architect, system integrator, and backend developer, Michael is the first MongoDB Champion to earn the rare Evergreen forum badge for his unwavering support of the MongoDB Community. Dual-certified as both a MongoDB Developer and DBA, Michael generously shares his expertise with community members of all levels in the MongoDB forums. He also organizes the DACH Virtual Community User Group, and even finds time to #BuildTogether with MongoDB employees on presentations and in chats during online streams. Michael is one of the first-timers, consulting on MongoDB projects since 2014. Customer-first Award: Luma Health - As COVID-19 took the world by storm, Luma Health jumped into action to partner with health systems and providers to leverage their platform to run some of the largest mass vaccination sites and help clinics scale from hundreds to thousands of appointments, ultimately leading to nearly 2 million vaccination appointments. Data for Good Award: Journey Foods - This company solves food science and supply chain inefficiencies with software in order to help companies feed 8 billion people better. To date, Journey Foods has established a database of over 11 billion ingredient insights. From Batch to Real Time Award: CSX - A leading provider of transportation and supply chain solutions, CSX is redefining freight rail. Embracing event-driven architecture, the company has improved engagement with safety information produced by Positive Train Control (PTC) systems by putting PTC data on MongoDB. Leveraging MongoDB, CSX receives the data real-time – enabling smarter and faster decision making and better ensuring safety regulations are met for the company’s around-the-clock operations. Front Line Heroes Award: Ahmad Awais for The “CORONA CLI” Project - Awais built a CLI command-line tool to track COVID-19 in March 2020. As COVID-19 spread, the project termed “corona-cli” became the number one trending repository on GitHub. To date, this project has served several billions of API requests making COVID stats accessible throughout the world with 53 different releases and extensive functionality built/contributed by 15+ developers. Going Global Award: Riot Games - Founded in 2009 to change the ways games were developed, Riot has created the most-played PC game in the world and expanded to 20+ offices worldwide in only 12 years. A game platform developer and his team migrated their data to MongoDB Atlas to manage B2B billing and player IP validation data for all of their games globally. Industry Transformation Award: American Airlines - As a network air carrier, American’s purpose is to care for people on life’s journey. During COVID-19, American Airlines passionately pursued efficiencies, particularly those enabled by technology. American Airlines created an operational data layer on MongoDB in the cloud for critical flight information, which enabled other services to move to the cloud and consume data from the modern cloud-based data fabric. Jackpot Award: Cisco Systems - Cisco is the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet. This global brand completed the Cloud native migration of its highly critical Commerce Quoting platform, which serves more than 225K users and 4M application hits daily worldwide. The result has been no application downtime for releases, improved performance, lower TCO, and significantly better developer productivity. Savvy Start-Up Award: Blerp - The audio expression platform that makes it easy to enhance any moment with sound clips. Millions of Blerps are being shared on their two largest integrations on Twitch and Discord. Unbound Award: Yodel - Yodel is an independently owned parcel carrier, delivering around 190 million parcels each year for many of the UK’s leading retailers and businesses. An early adopter of Realm Sync following its GA release in February 2021, Yodel uses MongoDB to sync parcel-scanning data from employee devices up to Atlas - and in the opposite direction, pushing down large data volumes to devices via the MongoDB Kafka Connector. By streamlining the process of scanning parcels and reducing the time drivers need to spend in service centers, Yodel expects to achieve increased productivity and cost savings. Certified Professional of the Year Award: Sydney Herrera - After becoming certified and while assisting a large governmental organization in a mainframe modernization effort - which involved transforming multiple massive, disparate mainframe datastores into a cohesive and application-focused MongoDB data warehouse, Sydney was faced with the challenge of assisting developers with building efficient applications. He created a tool called proactive query analyzer (PQA) that was rolled out into the organization. PQA is an automated tool that analyzes queries sent to MongoDB and provides feedback and suggestions before queries are implemented to aid developer teams. For the People Award & Innovator of the Year Award: The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is the UK’s biggest public service department responsible for distributing over £190 billion annually in welfare, pensions and child maintenance to over 20 million citizens. With an unprecedented spike in demand due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Universal Credit platform was able to scale seamlessly, underpinned by MongoDB databases, to meet the tenfold spikes in claims from people who needed DWP’s support. The information contained in the above descriptions was provided by the relevant award winners or obtained from publicly available information.
MongoDB Partner of the Year Award Winners 2021
The last 12 months have been a remarkably challenging time, with widespread changes affecting the entire world—and certainly the IT industry—like never before. However, the pandemic has also brought customers and partners further together to solve common problems, and in particular, one major trend we’ve seen accelerated is the move toward cloud modernization. At MongoDB, we’re committed to help our customers evolve to this next stage of necessary innovation and are so grateful to our 1000+ Partners who help make it happen. A handful of strategic partners went above and beyond and I would like to congratulate Featurespace, Zaloni, Carahsoft, TCS, PeerIslands, Alibaba, AWS, and Google Cloud as our Partners of the Year! I’m excited to have shared this year’s winners during my Partner Keynote at MongoDB.live. You can still head to MongoDB.live to watch it on demand. Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Partner of the Year Feature Space is a disruptive company in the security space and the inventor of Adaptive Behavioral Analytics and Automated Deep Behavioral Networks technology for fraud and financial crime management. Trusted by the world’s largest banks, insurance companies and gaming organizations, Feature Space embeds MongoDB as their database platform, for both on-premise and SaaS deployment offerings. Learn more about the partnership here . Technology Partner of the Year Zaloni is a MongoDB data supply chain and modernization partner that helps its customers catalogue and transform their data to enhance analytics and real-time applications. A recent engagement with a fleet management client required Zaloni to move and modernize four billion records of data built on SQL to new microservices in the cloud. Using MongoDB Atlas, Zaloni helped their client successfully scale and reach new levels of customer satisfaction. Learn more about the partnership here . Reseller Partner of the Year Carahsoft is a trusted, long-standing partner and they continue to be one of MongoDB’s largest resellers in the world. Carahsoft’s depth and reach in the Public Sector market helps government agencies leverage Open Source technologies to drive innovation, maximize cost efficiencies and achieve success for their digital modernization initiatives. They’ve been critical to growing MongoDB’s agency, civilian and DOD business and we’re excited for what’s next. Learn more about the partnership here . Global System Integrator Partner of the Year Tata Consultancy Services , a leading multinational IT services and consulting company, leverages its IP-based solutions to accelerate and optimize service delivery. TCS MasterCraft™ TransformPlus uses intelligent automation to modernize and migrate enterprise-level mainframe applications to MongoDB’s leading-edge architecture and database. Together, TCS and MongoDB simplify and accelerate the customer journey to the cloud. Learn more about the partnership here . Boutique System Integrator Partner of the Year PeerIslands is a boutique consultancy focused on helping clients accelerate product development with cloud-based solutions. An invaluable MongoDB partner with expertise in ecommerce and inventory management modernization, PeerIslands has helped MongoDB’s ISV and retail customers modernize, moving software built for on-prem to SaaS environments more conducive to cloud environments. Learn more about the partnership here . Cloud (Emerging) Partner of the Year Alibaba Cloud is one of MongoDB’s largest Cloud OEM partners in the world. In our second year of our partnership with Alibaba Cloud as an authorized MongoDB-as-a-service solution, MongoDB has seen some of our strongest adoption numbers yet in mainland China. With this partnership, Alibaba Cloud ensures end-to-end management and support for customers on current and future versions of MongoDB, with the ability to escalate bug fixes and support issues on their behalf. Users of Alibaba Cloud’s platform offering receive easy access to the latest MongoDB features and capabilities, backed by comprehensive support from Alibaba Cloud and MongoDB, and we remain thrilled to scale this partnership. Learn more about the partnership here . Cloud (Co-Sell) Partner of the Year AWS provides a massive global cloud infrastructure that allows customers to rapidly innovate and iterate. Over the past year, MongoDB and AWS sellers came together to help customers modernize, accelerate consumption of EDPs, and close on major cross-industry and cross-vertical deals around the world. We’ve partnered together to help customers build modern, event-driven serverless applications. And as recently as April 2021, we launched a new AWS Quick Start for MongoDB Atlas, which allows AWS customers to quickly and easily launch a basic MongoDB Atlas deployment from the AWS CLI or console, taking advantage of AWS CloudFormation’s seamless automation. We also released integrations for Atlas with Amazon EventBridge, Amazon Kinesis, AWS App Runner, AWS PrivateLink, AWS Wavelength, and more in the last year. With additional integrations in the pipeline, we know there’s so much more to come with our partnership. Learn more about AWS and MongoDB here . Cloud (Marketplace) Partner of the Year Google Cloud views the database as an essential building block of cloud infrastructure. Since launching MongoDB Atlas on Google Cloud Marketplace over the past two years, our partnership has seen rapid adoption and acceleration across industries such as gaming, retail, healthcare, financial services, and automotive. In the last 12 months, we have integrated Atlas with more Google services, including DataStream, BigQuery, DataFlow, Cloud Run, App Engine, and Cloud Functions, helping our joint customers innovate faster. Additionally, Google Cloud’s mainframe modernization solutions now support MongoDB Atlas and help customers convert legacy COBOL code on mainframes into modern Java-based applications built on MongoDB. Together, G4 and MongoDB Atlas accelerate the modernization and migration process for organizations moving their business-critical workloads to the cloud. More and more of Google Cloud’s customers are choosing to run MongoDB Atlas for a variety of needs, such as managing large-scale product catalogs of popular e-commerce websites, building great customer experiences by unifying disparate pieces of data, or building modern global web and mobile applications. Learn more about the partnership here .
10 Things (You'll Love) About MongoDB.live
Over the course of a year, the coronavirus pandemic has left a lasting impact on every aspect of the tech space — including applications, data, business models, and much more. To help developers build new skills and adapt to this new landscape, MongoDB.live will include keynotes, workshops, breakout sessions, and Q&A panels on the present and future of data. MongoDB.live will run from July 13-14, and will have something for everyone — whether you’re a seasoned DevOps engineer or a new database administrator. Here are ten things to look forward to at MongoDB.live: Learn a new skill — whether it’s an unfamiliar topic that piques your curiosity, or a subject you’ve always wanted to know more about. With countless workshops and talks spread across 9 tracks, from Security and Operations to Backend Development, there’s something to address all interests and abilities. Hone your soft skills too — in case you’re up for a promotion or have your eye on moving into management. You’ll learn how to empower direct reports, build inclusive teams, streamline inefficient processes and workflows, and much more. Be the first to get the scoop on MongoDB product releases. See what’s new in MongoDB 5.0 and Atlas — and sign up to preview and beta test the latest features. Drop in on a partner talk to see how MongoDB interfaces with other companies and technologies. Learn how to use different drivers, platforms, libraries, or languages in tandem with MongoDB. Dive into the Internet of Things (IoT). Learn to build a complex, multi-cloud IoT project using MongoDB and PeerIslands, see how Bosch.IO used MongoDB to revolutionize automotive IoT and quality assurance testing, or examine the ethical dilemmas of IoT design. Make the most of the MongoDB application data platform. Learn to monitor performance on Realm Sync, optimize data flow with Atlas Data Lake, and validate schema in MongoDB to prevent data inconsistency. Rethink everything you know about data and development. Attend talks on reimagining the way coding is taught, see how Rent the Runway uses MongoDB Atlas to help automate its warehouse operations, and experience the (r)evolutionary new capabilities of MongoDB 5.0. Follow along with step-by-step tutorials for everything from mastering the use of the MongoDB command line to securing your cloud-native applications. Check out exciting new stacks and development frameworks, including FARM (FastAPI, React, and MongoDB), JAMStack with MongoDB, and more. Speed up innovation, reduce risk, and build better applications. See how other companies are using MongoDB to stream live data, sequence the coronavirus, or migrate to the cloud. Listen to talks from organizations like HSBC, Porsche, Shutterfly, and Oxford Nanopore, see interesting projects, and pick up some inspiration for yourself. This is just a small sample of what to expect at MongoDB.live. This free, virtual event will be bursting with plenty of other activities, including networking opportunities, interactive Q&A panels, games, and much more. Register today to reserve your seat. We can’t wait to see you there!
MongoDB.Live Innovation Awards
Nominations are now open for the eighth annual MongoDB Innovation Awards. The Innovation Awards honor organizations and teams that are pioneering new ways to use data, expanding the limits of technology, and enhancing their businesses with MongoDB. We invite you to nominate any organization or individual that is building something dynamic, interesting, or unexpected with MongoDB. .live Innovation Awards Page All winners will receive a physical trophy for their display case, a digital ribbon for their website, an in-depth feature story on MongoDB.com, recognition during the .live event, detailed profiles on our event website, and inclusion in our Innovation Awards press release and blog post. View terms and conditions . Past recipients include 7-Eleven, Toyota Connected, dacadoo, Nationwide Building Society, Pizza Hut, Spathe Systems, Zinc and Charles Schwab. Read more about last year’s winners here . We invite you to nominate yourself, your company, a colleague, a partner, or anyone who is building something exciting with MongoDB. Submissions are open now through April 15, 2021. Award categories appear below. We look forward to your nominations! Award Categories: Certified Professional of the Year A Certified Professional who has used their skill set to positively impact the MongoDB community. Customer First An Organization that created a more meaningful, personalized, and improved customer experience. Data for Good An Innovator who took on some of the more challenging issues affecting society and the planet in order to transform the future and make the world a better place. From Batch to Real-Time An organization who built an event-driven architecture with MongoDB that makes streams of data from source systems available in real time. Going Global An Organization that geographically expanded their cloud data infrastructure with MongoDB Atlas, while remaining in compliance with regional data privacy measures and local regulations. Industry Transformation A Change-Maker who moved their business to the next level and disrupted their industry by identifying new technologies, applying new skills, or increasing operational efficiency. Front Line Heroes Our world has changed dramatically since Covid-19. This award is to recognize technologists who have embraced the power of technology to solve some of the unforeseen challenges of Covid-19. Jackpot An Organization that realized tremendous value from MongoDB and has seen it make an impact on its bottom line (time savings, cost savings, and/or reduction in operational complexity). Partner of the Year A MongoDB Partner who has integrated MongoDB into its offerings in order to deliver massive value to our joint customers. Savvy Startup This award is for one of the brightest rising stars to graduate from our MongoDB for our StartUps program. The William Zola Award for Community Excellence A person recognized by the MongoDB community for outstanding contributions in knowledge exchange, facilitating connections, and creating a welcoming experience for all members. Unbound An Organization that built a best-in-class mobil application, using MongoDB Realm.
How Hackathons Inspire Innovation and Creativity at MongoDB
When our engineers aren’t creating the best products to help our customers bring their big ideas to life, they’re working to bring their own ideas to fruition. Launched in 2013, hackathons are a big part of MongoDB’s engineering culture, giving our teams the freedom to create, innovate, and learn. About Hackathons at MongoDB Once a year, members from our Engineering department (including Product Managers, Support Engineers, Developer Advocates, and more) spend a week working on a project of their choice. Whether it be with a team or solo, the sky’s the limit. For some, it’s about creating new features or product updates to serve our customers better. For others, it’s about building internal tools and processes to make their day-to-day easier. Some engineers even use the time to work on passion projects or focus on self-improvement via online courses and reading a backlog of technical papers. No matter the goal, the hackathon is a much-needed and appreciated week for sparking new ideas, working with different people, and building useful knowledge and skills. How It's Judged Our engineers battle it out to be named the winner in one of several categories. To be considered, participants create a project demo and submit it on the Thursday afternoon of hackathon week. From there, the demos are divided among four groups of judges consisting of three or four judges each. By Friday morning, the judges select demos (which are open to all employees for viewing) to move into the final round of judging. The Prizes For our hackathons, engineers aim to get the most votes in 10 selected categories. Some categories include: Most Likely to Be Adored by the Support Team Most Likely to Make the Company 10 Million Dollars in 2021 Most Likely to Be Deployed by Production Best (Ab)Use of Cloud/Ops Manager Best Eng/Non-Eng #BuildTogether Award The Projects Past winning projects that made their way into production include MongoDB Charts , custom JS expressions in the aggregation framework, and GraphSQL support in MongoDB Realm Sync . Out of more than 120 submitted projects, here are few that won our 2020 hackathon: Leafy Catchy Eileen Huang , a Product Designer based in MongoDB’s New York City headquarters, pulled together a team of designers and engineers to build a game users can play while waiting for their cluster to build. “We wanted to show that even when doing something technical such as managing databases, people could always benefit from having a delightful moment,” she says. “Although the game isn’t live, it was a super fun week of exploring various game design techniques and trying to create a fully fleshed-out game with a playable character, sound, game UI, and more.” Evergreen Project Visualizations David Bradford , a New York City-based Lead Engineer for the Developer Productivity team, built a tool to visualize the runtime and reliability of the test suites in MongoDB’s continuous integration system. The tool plots the averages for all the test suites against each other and allows users to click into a given test suite to see a more detailed view of a suite’s history. “The project was mostly to address a personal pain point,” David explains. “We see the effects of long-running or unreliable tests fairly frequently, but given the number of tests we run, it takes some investigation to know which improvements would have the most impact. Building a tool that can visualize the data makes it easy to find which test suites provide the most benefits from improvements. It also enables other teams and engineers to start the investigations themselves.” MongoDB Charts Social Sharing Matt Fairbrass , a Senior Software Engineer based on our Sydney team, originally wrote a proposal for MongoDB Charts Social Sharing as a Request for Comments. However, the hackathon gave him and Senior Software Engineer Hao Hu an opportunity to collaborate on a proof of concept. With the core focus on data sharing, their goal was to make it quick and easy to share individual charts with others — whether via email or by posting to one of the social networks. To do this, they added controls to the chart Embedding Dialog to make this task as simple as the single click of a button. “As the discourse of the modern world unfortunately has shown us, being able to distinguish between what is factual and what is fake is becoming increasingly more important,” Matt states. “A result, data is now more than ever the most important tool we can use to surface the unbiased and unvarnished truth in social debate. But this is only true if the data is accessible to everyone.” Charts are visual by their very nature, he continues, “so it’s somewhat ironic that the current experience of sharing a link to a publicly accessible chart on a social network is anything but visual. So, the second goal of our project was to generate rich preview images of the chart being shared dynamically, and automatically attach them to the social media post by using the Open Graph Protocol , all while respecting the security permissions of the chart as set by the author.” Matt and Hao successfully tested this by extending the existing infrastructure to run an instance of Puppeteer . The system worked so well that they were able to extend the same functionality to support dynamically generating screenshots of publicly linked shared dashboards as a stretch goal. “This project has also opened up other avenues for the MongoDB Charts team to explore for further enhancing the product, so this proof of concept has now been turned into a user story that will later be worked on by the broader team,” Matt says. Raspberry Pi Astronomical Database Bruce Lucas , a Staff Engineer based in New York City, created a project inspired by his personal hobby, which is to design and 3D-print an altazimuth telescope mount. “My goal was to leverage a queryable database of stars to write software that automatically captures images, points the scope, and tracks the moving sky by using a Raspberry Pi,” he says. “To do this, I wanted to test a theory to see if a MongoDB database with geoqueries could be used and would run on the Raspberry Pi.” Pinwheel Emily Cardner , a Campus Recruiting Manager based in New York, partnered with engineers on a project to help manage cohorts of employees. With MongoDB’s robust New Grad Program that allows interns to rotate on various teams before being permanently placed, managing the entire process had become overly tedious and complicated, and she wanted to use an app to make it easier. “Even before the hackathon, I did some research to see if a platform like this existed, but I couldn't find anything,” she explains. “I thought I could throw it out as an option to see if someone looking to join a project wanted to build an app. I knew it could be a cool project working with MongoDB’s Realm product and that there could be an appetite for UI folks, but there was one problem: I’m not technical at all! So, I recruited a few folks via Slack and generated a bit of interest from various teams. They came up with an awesome minimal viable product (MVP) after we had a few brainstorming sessions.” This project is important for a few reasons, she adds. “First, I’m now working with the Engineering Corps team that creates internal tools to turn the MVP into a real product. As it turns out, other folks at the company needed cohort management tools too, so now L&D, Education, and Sales Enablement teams are all working with us on it,” she says. “Second, I learned a lot about the engineering process through this project. It was really cool to create my own mockups and collaborate with the engineers to see how products are created. I think it will help me more when working with engineers in the future.” Emily adds that she may have influenced a new hackathon award category. “I may or may not have made up my own award and then lobbied the judges to include it,” she says. “I thought creating a #BuildTogether award would encourage more people like me who are not traditionally in Engineering to work with engineers and create cool products. The judges agreed, and we ended up winning!” Why This Matters Our engineers covet this time every year to explore, create, and tackle new problems. Hackathon week also offers an opportunity to connect and collaborate with others. Many projects have openings for additional members, allowing employees from various technical areas to partner with people they might not normally work with, establishing a stronger culture, and fostering cross-departmental relationships. Hackathons allow our engineers to work on projects that are dropped or pushed down on the priority list in favor of competing priorities. Even if the projects aren’t implemented, seeing demos and having thoughtful conversations about them helps to spin up new ideas for things to add to our product roadmap. By encouraging people to step out of the day-to-day, take a moment (or a week) to think differently, and work with other people who offer new perspectives, the hackathons not only add value to our product offerings but also help our engineers expand their skills and creativity. Interested in pursuing a career at MongoDB? We have several open roles on our teams across the globe , and would love for you to build your career with us!