ShipIt VIII Day: Spring 2017

ShipIt Day VIII was held on April 20 and 21st. Seventeen teams made up of internal associates had just 24 hours to create something innovative, usable, and value-adding. This quarter’s ShipIt Day was held at our new Innovations Campus in the Link Conference Center. We were excited to get to utilize the space for this event. Another awesome addition to this quarter’s ShipIt Day was our new game rooms. We hosted a Donkey Kong challenge and the winner (@russ_starr) received a five-pound gummy bear!


The start of a long day for participants!

Donkey Kong.

Participants were given loads of snacks, the most important being Monster Energy Drinks!

After a long day of hard work, everyone was ready to eat extra big pizzas from Pizza 51. Eleven big pizza’s and one hundred and ninety-six breadsticks were surprisingly enough to feed the hard working brains.

After dinner, it was back to work for the teams. Later on in the evening, we played movies including Rogue One and MST3K. Participants also battled for the top Donkey Kong score.


Watching movies while working on projects.

Friday, April 21st rolled around and by 9:00am the teams were getting antsy to present their projects. Since this was our first ShipIt Day at the new Innovations Campus, we were able to utilize the Assembly space.


Old school advertising for ShipIt Day Demo’s- chalk!

Prize table

ShipIt Day VIII brought to life some incredible projects. Team Freudian Ship, made up of Kate Young, Erin Dorpinghaus, Courtney Ground, Chris Farr and Sean Albery, took first place (and the golden keyboard!) with their project.

The Intellectual Property (IP) Analytics team is tasked with managing a data warehouse. This includes ensuring that data updates take place in “jobs.” When a job fails it results in stale data and this can impact thousands of associates. This project took advantage of Amazon Web Services by connecting tasks associated with managing the database to a voice command Alexa skill which results in the ability to manage the database from anywhere the user has an internet connection. To put it in perspective, the database admin will now be able to ensure that the database is up to date without even getting out of bed in the morning. A simple voice command to an Amazon Echo Dot (which each of us won as a prize) will result in the restarting of failed jobs and even logging JIRA tickets to begin the troubleshooting process if needed.

ShipIt Judge Dan Stocksick was impressed with the project, “Great use of consumer products into our ecosystem.”


Team Freudian Ship with the coveted Gold Keyboard!

Second place went to team Flowalva (Wuchen Wang and Dhruv Patel).

Our ShipIt project was a traffic visualization system for web services supporting Millennium. In this project we used Splunk API to collect the data from services and visualize the traffic between nodes in using Netflix’s vizceral project.

Judge Jason Heiting was impressed. “Very neat visualizations. Intuitive UI for navigation.”

Last but not least, was third place winners, Flying Mongoose (Cihan Kaynak, Matt Stramel, Mahesh Acharya, Taylor Clay).

We created a cross platform mobile app which can be used by a pharmacy technician while picking up and scanning medications at the pharmacy to refill Cerner’s RxStation cabinets. Prior to this project, an RCP based desktop app was running in a PC mounted on a cart with an attached barcode scanner and label printer. This type of bulky setup was reducing the mobility of the technician.


The Assembly was crowded with associates watching presentations.

Part of the ShipIt Day fun is livestreaming the presentations and allowing our associates from all over to participate by voting for their favorite team name, favorite presentation and favorite project. The winners of the categories are as followed:

  • Favorite Presentation: Sip It – Patrick Gross, Adam Tibbs, Mario Perez, Robert Cornett, Trey Peek

  • Favorite Team Name: CHAPPiE – Karthik Nimmagadda, Manidee Gattamaneni, Venkatesh Sridharan, Prasanth Chakka, Wendell Wolfe

  • Favorite Project: Freudian Ship – Kate Young, Erin Dorpinghaus, Courtney Ground, Chris Farr, Sean Albery


People’s Choice Winners with the coveted cheeseballs!

ShipIt continues to be a great way for associates to work on something they haven’t had a chance to work on, build relationships within different organizations and most importantly, enjoy themselves. Ian Kottman, an engineer on the Population Health Genomics team, has participated in multiple ShipIt Days. The reason: “I enjoy getting the time to create something that will make someone’s life easier.” Carlo Filipelli, system engineer, also agrees, adding on, “ShipIt is great because it allows associates to work on interesting projects that they might not be able to get to during normal work hours. It fosters innovation and new ideas that would typically get overlooked in our busy day to day jobs. It is also a conducive environment for learning, collaboration, and having some fun!”

Thank you to all our participants and a special thank you to judges Jason Heiting, Justin Morrison, Dwight Sloan and Dan Stocksick.

Mark your calendars: ShipIt Day IX will be held in July 2017. If you are interested in learning more about other ShipIt Days, see these earlier posts: