Thermopylae Sciences + Technology – 4th Annual Cake & Beer Day Hackathon for Charity

Published on September 13, 2013


Thermopylae Sciences + Technology employee's celebrated in unique fashion today at the company's 4th annual Cake & Beer Day event which combined day long technology project team initiatives with donations to charities chosen by each team. Yes and also there is plenty of cake and some beer! But the day is really about technology innovation and giving back - The day goes like this. President AJ Clark hosts a Cake & Beer Day kickoff meeting at Thermopylae's Wilson Labs facility in Arlington Virginia at 10AM giving each team an opportunity to share the projects they will be working on throughout the day. Here are some examples of this year’s cool and innovative technology projects:

- Code a program using the Google Web Speech API to enable voice recognition support in Thermopylae's geospatial mapping software iSpatial.

- Build software that can allow a user to remotely control an ARDrone using Google Glass.

- Create a Ubiquity mobile app widget which can send information to a Pebble SmartWatch.

- Develop a web app that controls Phillips Hue light bulbs, indicating Jenkins status on builds and scrum burndown velocities.

- One team's project was to re-purpose a company refrigerator into a kegerator.

The charity element of the day was part of Thermopylae's corporate social responsibility initiative - thermopylaeCARES - which offers employee's "Cool And Really Engaging Service" opportunities to help those less fortunate in our community. At the end of day teams presented their projects to the company in person and via Google Hangout - each team ended their presentations with the charity they selected.

Mike Cachine, SVP of thermopylaeCARES said "Cake & Beer day is a lot of fun! It's about engaging employees to set aside a day to create and innovate with technology, but it's also about giving back. Every project team was asked to pick a charity that was important to them and in one day 14 different charities received donations from Thermopylae on behalf of the teams. It was really amazing."

National Cancer Institute
Disabled American Veterans
St. Jude Hospital
Josh Anderson Foundation
National Kidney Foundation
Doorways of Virginia
Wounded Warrior Project
MS Society
The American Red Cross
Horton's Kids
Solidarity Association Charity

About thermopylaeCARES

thermopylaeCARES is a unique corporate social responsibility program created specifically for Thermopylae Sciences + Technology employees as a vehicle to support the charities that are important to them. It offers all Thermopylae employees and their families "Cool And Really Engaging Service" opportunities to help those less fortunate in the communities where they live and work. thermopylaeCARES combines consistent year-round engagement with socially responsible programs that embrace the company's strong culture of philanthropy and commitment to giving back. Recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the leading Corporate Philanthropists in the Washington DC business community - Thermopylae Sciences + Technology is proud to partner with leading non-profit's like Martha's TableFinal Salute Inc.Operation Homefront and many others that serve those in need.

About Thermopylae

Thermopylae Sciences + Technology (TST) is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). We are the leading Google Enterprise Partner named Google Enterprise Innovation Partner of the Year in Maps for Business. We offer 100% Web-enabled Geospatial, Mobile, and Intel solutions for the Federal Government and Commercial Business.  We specialize in developing leading-edge technologies for Federal and Department of Defense (DoD) customers, specifically in the areas of geospatial, cloud, and mobile development, and we offer a full suite of IT services.  TST is a different type of company that is software and engineering driven and committed to utilizing the latest technologies to deliver cost-effective, critical path solutions. Our capabilities include geospatial solutions development and consulting, Cloud / Grid computing, Mobile software development, IT consulting, Google Earth Enterprise Architecture, Systems integration, Software development and C4ISR.

Thermopylae has developed industry leading products in the areas of Geospatial, Mobile and Intel.  iSpatial is our Geo-visualization framework that let's organizations easily build web-based solutions to author, manage, share, and collaborate on geospatial information within their enterprise over the browser based Google Earth 3D plug-in or 2D Google Maps.  Ubiquity is our Mobile application framework that allows organizations and their users to build mobile applications on the fly via a Web-based interface and then manage the functionality inside the app once it is distributed to users. Our mobile platform powers the mobile apps for the Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayRichmond Flying SquirrelsDurham BullsIowa CubsColumbus Clippers, and many more. Finally our iHarvest Intel service can model user activity on a system, then leverage those models to connect the users to other similar users, make recommendations on data that might interest them, or alert them of new data entering the system that matches their model.

Key customers include: GoogleNBC UniversalProctor & GambleSelect Energy ServicesLas Vegas Motor SpeedwayCleveland CavaliersRichmond Flying SquirrelsFrederick KeysDurham Bulls, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), U.S. Department of State (DoS), U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), and U.S. Army, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence (Army G2).

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