As a featured sponsor of the September API:World Hackathon event in San Francisco, NetApp hosted a Hackathon challenge and provided managed storage infrastructure for developer teams competing for recognition and prizes. Utilizing NetApp’s ONTAP Cloud running in the Amazon marketplace, teams developed applications and solutions to solve real-world business and IT opportunities.


Three innovative developer teams rose to the top by creating applications that took advantage of high availability storage, cloud resource efficiency, application consistency and data security and were awarded for their efforts.



NetApp awarded first prize to Fei Xue and Yohannes Kifle, who created TurboEstate to showcase an application for selling real estate written in Node.js, Visual Studio Express and the noSQL database MongoDB. The application supplies all relevant forms and documents, enabling sellers to sell independently and reliably without the need for a realtor. Moving beyond simple storage, TurboEstate deployed a continuous integration system with Jenkins on top of the NetApp ONTAP Cloud storage. The TurboEstate team was able to demonstrate flexclone technology to stand up an independent test environment, greatly simplifying and streamlining the dev/test environment.


Campus Nub

Our second place went to Aji John, Kevin Xu, Angela Xu and Ivana He. They created Campus Nub, an application that acts as a new student’s personal guide around a university campus. Campus Nub makes it easy to access and search a university’s class schedule and enables students to find compatible study and research groups based on their interests and personality. Campus Nub used ONTAP Cloud to host their NoSQL MongoDB database and laid the foundation to clone the database across regions to achieve localization and faster content delivery.


Cloud Jump

NetApp’s third place Challenge winners were Amir Youssefi and Solomon Wu, who created Cloud Jump. They utilized ONTAP Cloud to move a company’s Cluster of Machines (Hadoop, Spark, others) from one cloud provider zone to another zone, or from on-premise to cloud.  By utilizing ONTAP Cloud, Cloud Jump will enable IT teams to immediate perform mirroring, cloning, peering, volume creation/mounting and other advanced features of ONTAP Cloud.


Many innovative and exciting applications utilizing ONTAP Cloud were developed over the course of the weekend hackathon, and naming the top three was a difficult choice for the NetApp judging panel. We were greatly impressed by all the developers at API:World Hackathon and look forward to the next opportunity to interact with these enthusiastic and passionate architects and coders.


Michael Elliott

Michael Elliott is NetApp’s Cloud Evangelist and thought leader focusing on data center evolution with particular emphasis on private and hybrid clouds. Michael started his career as a mainframe programmer for General Electric and held the role of adjunct professor of marketing at the University of Akron. Michael has a mathematics degree from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University.