Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance to Host Hackathon

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance to Host Hackathon

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance will host its second annual hackathon July 20-21 at the company’s headquarters located at 225 S. East St., Indianapolis. The sprint event empowers participants, comprised largely of employees, to collaborate in solving internal business problems by building technology solutions.

The event will commence on Friday, July 20, with several teams breaking off to put their creative coding, hacking and programming skills to work. The 24-hour challenge culminates with teams presenting ideas to a panel of judges to showcase how their “hack” is the best solution. Prizes are awarded to the first and second place winners.

“This event provides opportunities for employees to apply or prove their technical skills while working with other creative minds whom they don’t usually work with,” said Jarvis Ka, enterprise architect. “Hosting an event like this really speaks volumes to the type of company we are.”

Nestled in a traditionally conservative industry, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance has proven to be a company that invests in its many talented, creative and engaged employees who enjoy moving the company forward and investing in their futures here.

“We acknowledge that creative ideas and out-of-the-box thought leadership can come from anywhere/anyone in the organization. This hackathon provides the platform for those voices to be heard,” stated Jo Lee Hayes, executive director of systems development. “It takes time, money and thought leadership to really establish and run a competitive hackathon. Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance makes these investments in our employees because we truly value their input.”

Last year, 39 employees participated—including not only technology representatives, but marketing, property and casualty, and even interns. Last year’s winning hackathon idea is now in use at Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, proving the value our employees add to the organization—in and out of the hackathon event.

“I am proud of our company and the technology innovation it embraces,” said Greg Clancy, senior vice president, chief information officer. “The caliber of ideas that arises from our employees is truly impressive.”

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