Code. Load. Repeat.
Everybody has a creative potential and from the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world. – Paulo Coelho
Marking as our biggest internal event for the year, JurisTech Hackathon 2020 was a platform to encourage our software engineers to step out of the box, stimulate their creative juices, and foster problem-solving and risk-taking in a casual environment.
Quoting our Chief Technology Officer (CTO), John Lim, “We want to set all our software engineers up to win!”
Hence, on 28th November 2020, 9 teams came together virtually to save the world from hackers aiming to annihilate all payment gateway companies aka “Operation Code J”.
These 9 teams were formed during the Initialisation event on the 15th October 2020. More than 30 software engineers in our company gathered to mingle and break the ice. They then formed teams of 3-4 members to participate in the hackathon.
On the event day itself, the teams had only less than 6 hours to complete all missions in Operation Code J. The missions include elements of security, performance tuning, testing, and design.
The Security mission was conducted using Capture the Flag (CTF) style. “Flags” were secrets hidden in purposefully-vulnerable programs or websites. Teams had to steal flags from the organisers (Jeopardy-style CTFs). The Jeopardy-style CTFs have a couple of tasks in a range of categories. Teams will gain points for each solved task. The more complex the task, the higher the points. Next, in the Performance Tuning mission, teams had to fine-tune a perfectly working sample code that takes 20 hours to run. Rules were created to validate transactions to categorise them as fraudulent or valid. Teams are to fine-tune this code and its database to get the highest possible performance while producing valid results. Lastly, teams had to design an integration system proposal that can handle the high volume of requests while ensuring its maintainability with test automation and any other way they can think of in the Design and Testing mission. It was a mission to test our software engineers’ knowledge in different areas such as the development methodology, quality assurance, and testing strategy, go-live and onboarding strategy, and monitoring and maintenance strategy.
It was intense, exhilarating, and fulfilling as teams got together to squeeze every ounce of their brain juice to solve tasks and provide solutions.
As recently announced during our Special Townhall, the winners of JurisTech Hackathon 2020 go to Team SAD and Team Challengers! Their members include Seng Kong, Aidil, Ding; and Ivan Loh, Sherine, Anwar, Afifi.
The second runner-up goes to Team Newbs! Their members are Jeremy, Julian, and Boon Tong. Congratulations and BRAVO to all our winners!
JurisTech Hackathon 2020 ended with a high note! A big thank you to all the organisers, game masters, judges, contributors, and especially, our participants for making it such a successful virtual event! This is not the end, let’s continue to challenge ourselves in unleashing our inner creativity and self-expression with the spirit of innovation through our codes because the most talented, thought-provoking, game-changing people are those who go above and beyond.
JurisTech (Juris Technologies) is a leading Malaysian-based fintech company, specialising in enterprise-class software solutions for banks, financial institutions, and telecommunications companies in Malaysia, Southeast Asia, and beyond.