UC Riverside victorious in GEICO's first Hacktivates Hackathon

CHEVY CHASE, Md., Nov. 25, 2019 – A team from the University of California, Riverside won the inaugural GEICO Hacktivates Hackathon after competing against teams from three other schools-Indiana University (IU), University of Maryland and Rochester Institute of Technology-in a bracket-based contest of tech skills and ingenuity.

Over the course of two weekends, the teams fostered a spirit of intercollegiate competition as they were tasked with creating chatbots able to provide users with personalized entertainment recommendations. After the first-round, UC Riverside and IU advanced to the finals, where judges gave the edge to the UC Riverside team of William Shiao, Aditya Acharya, Eric Ong and John Shin. Each member of the winning team received a monetary prize of $850.

"The judges were very impressed with the way the teams approached the challenge and the technologies they used. It was a close competition," said Ted Robey, GEICO Director of IT Talent and Leadership Development.

From its award-winning mobile app to its innovative Center of Excellence, GEICO is being recognized for the groundbreaking tech it is developing to better serve its customers. With initiatives like the Hacktivates Hackathon, GEICO aims to support student technologists while also exposing them to the many IT career options at the company.

"Every day at GEICO, we are developing and improving technologies that are redefining insurance," Robey said. "GEICO is a place where quick-thinking, creative technologists like the Hackathon competitors can grow and thrive."

To learn more about IT career opportunities at GEICO, go to geico.jobs/IT.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 28 million vehicles in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies, GEICO employs more than 43,000 associates countrywide. GEICO constantly strives to make lives better by protecting people against unexpected events while saving them money and providing an outstanding customer experience. Along with personal auto insurance, commercial auto and personal umbrella coverages are also available. Homeowners, renters, condo, flood, identity theft, term life, and more coverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, LLC. Visit geico.com for a quote or to learn more.