In the 19th century a commonly heard phrase was, “the sun never sets on the British Empire.” It was a true statement: at any given time, it was daytime somewhere in territories controlled by Queen Victoria. But it wasn’t an original concept: the phrase was previously applied to the Spanish empire, and historians have traced variations of it all the way back to Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt.
While Rocket Software doesn’t have an empire, it’s not an exaggeration to say that the sun never sets on us thanks to our global network of Rocketeers. And for two weeks in February and March, our offices around the world hosted Rocket.Build Local, a series of hackathons hosted in our offices in Dordrecht (Netherlands), Chelyabinsk (Russia), and Austin, Irvine, Waltham, Emeryville and Denver (USA).
We’ve been hosting Rocket.Build events for several years – so what makes this different? For starters, it’s the first time that we’ve done multiple coding challenges at the same time. That allowed us to focus every Rocket.Build on what the local teams do best. Hundreds of Rocketeers participated, and the winners of all six regional events have been invited to Waltham for our company-wide Rocket.Build event in June.
We’d like to congratulate all of our Rocket.Build Local winners, including:
- Rene Glanz and Wolf Metschulat (Dordrecht)
- Prasad Potluri (Austin)
- Tatyana Antropova, Kirill Kostin, Anastasia Nesterenko, Alexander Chelyadin, Olga Lobanova, Dmitry Inyakin (Chelyabinsk)
- Kimberly Andersson, Vuong Tran, Michael Koyama, and Megan Yee (Emeryville)
- Gaby Cardona, Zain Master, Pete Johnson, and Cheryl Webber (Denver)
- Brian Cram, James Retally (Irvine)
- Vadim Ilves (Waltham)
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