Student teams from Greensboro, Chapel Hill, Winston-Salem and Alamance take top prizes
in codeLinc event for developing innovative prototype solutions
22 October 2016

RADNOR, Pa., – Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC) today held its third annual codeLinc “hackathon”-style event in Greensboro, N.C. More than 50 college and high school students from across North Carolina and beyond competed to create a technology solution that would help Junior Achievement (JA) of the Triad expand its network of volunteers and, in turn, increase the number of students served by the program. Lincoln Financial is now working with the winning teams to turn their concepts into fully-functional technology solutions for JA to use.

Through codeLinc, Lincoln Financial aims to pair its commitment to community involvement with its information technology resources to connect the nonprofit community with technology solutions that help further their respective missions. For this year’s event, Lincoln Financial partnered with JA of the Triad, a Greensboro-based nonprofit that focuses on youth education. Helping JA fulfill its mission dovetails with Lincoln Financial’s goal of narrowing the achievement gap for younger students in the community, while also introducing college students to potential careers in information technology.

“Nearly a dozen student teams participated in codeLinc, and each team brought fresh perspective and tremendous enthusiasm to how they approached the business challenge that Junior Achievement presented,” said Scott Roth, vice president of Digital Business Technology for Lincoln Financial Group. “By creating working prototype solutions, these teams will make a positive, measurable impact on youth education that will benefit students throughout the community.”

Junior Achievement and a panel of Lincoln Financial IT judges selected the top three solutions and a technical innovation award winner. The winning teams in this year’s event were:

  • First place: “Team Cheddar” (James Juschuk, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Felix Sanchez, University of North Carolina-Greensboro; Trevor Nelson, North Carolina A&T State University)
  • Second place: “The Phoenixes” (Nicholas Day and Varun Nail, the Early College at Guilford)
  • Third place: “Team Overflow” (Zen Yang, UNC-Chapel Hill; Schaffer Stewart, Alamance Community College; Kense Ning, Wake Forest University)
  • Technical Innovation Award: “Aggie Alert” (Jahleel Fleetwood, Kaleb Holley, Rolman De Los Santos, Saquan Anthony, and Dante Barnes, N.C. A&T State University)

Jacqueline McCracken Wall, Junior Achievement of the Triad’s president and CEO, introduced the organization to the student participants and issued the technology challenge that was the focus of the event.

“Our K-12 classroom-based programs, which help students foster skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship, are volunteer-driven,” McCracken Wall said. “Our goal for this event was to create a technology solution that would help grow our volunteer network by letting volunteers connect and share their Junior Achievement experiences. Last year, Junior Achievement of the Triad served more than 16,200 students in the Piedmont Triad, and we hope to grow that number to over 22,000 through increased volunteer participation, which technology can help us address.”

The student teams had less than 24 hours to create working prototype solutions to address one or more of those challenges. Each student team worked with a coach from Lincoln Financial’s own IT organization. The coaches shared their experience and insights to help the students take their concepts and turn them into fully realized prototypes.

While each team developed its own approach to addressing the JA challenge, Team Cheddar’s winning solution was an app that rewarded individuals based on the number of volunteers they refer to JA, magnifying JA volunteer recruiting exposure by encouraging community members to actively campaign for involvement with the organization.

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