The integrity of Salesforce’s hackathon event this week is being questioned after it was revealed that the winner, a former employee of the sponsor, may have built the app outside the acceptable timeframe.
The winner, Upshot, was awarded $1 million, but today a number of participants and observers are criticizing the results, saying Upshot was built before the hackathon, and claiming favoritism as one of the engineers, Thomas Kim, used to work for Salesforce.
Salesforce held its Dreamforce conference this week in San Francisco, and CEO Marc Benioff talked with such luminaries as Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg.
If true, then the organisers heads should roll as well as Upshot. Especially as it was billed as the biggest hackathon prize in history.