A Hackathon Breakthrough at Mellanox


Dean Kamen said, “Every once in a while a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation!”

The June 2018 Mellanox Software Open Hackathon is our 12th  Software Hackathon. Eager competitors from Software, Firmware, Chip Design, Architecture and Software Architecture had the amazing opportunity to implement and present their innovative ideas, overcoming many challenges along the way. The hackathon was open to any subject and resulted in the generation of great concepts for artificial intelligence, performance, security, power optimizations, tools, debugability and application offload across all of our products.

To those who haven’t heard yet, A hackathon is a software writing competition. “Hacking” means writing code, a lot of code, doing it in a Marathon fashion. Talented engineers get together. They come in with a concept and code it to a working prototype within just 48 hours. Then they demonstrate it to the senior management. Hackathon is the place where code wins – Code wins every argument and Code demonstrates feasibility and value of an invention.

This is great accomplishment to see 5 years of awesome hackathons in Mellanox, which have advanced continually, bringing in amazing innovations to our products and work environment! Mellanox Software Hackathons have resulted in 37 project deployments, 13 patent inventions and initiated 9 joint ventures with our partners. We are also seeing Hackathon trending in many other departments in Mellanox spreading the spirit of continuous innovation of our employees.

We would like to commend our winning teams:

1st  place: Amir Ancel, Yuval Atias, Peter Paneah

2nd place: Boris Pismenny, Yossi Kuperman, Roee Moyal

3rd place: Yaniv Blumenfeld, Alex Margolin, Ido Shamay

3rd place: Rani Sharoni, Yohad Tor, Alexander Gurevich


As hackathons are integral to Mellanox’s continual quest for innovation, we are already looking forward for the next successful hackathon!


About Dror Goldenberg

Dror Goldenberg has served as Mellanox’s Vice President of Software Architecture since October 2013. Previously, he served as Vice President of Architecture from March 2010 to October 2013, where he was responsible for software, firmware and system architecture. Mr. Goldenberg joined Mellanox in 2000 as an architect, serving in numerous architecture and design positions. Prior to Mellanox, Mr. Goldenberg held various software development positions on an elite R&D team in the Israeli Defense Force. Mr. Goldenberg was a member of the Pentium MMX and Pentium 4 architecture validation teams at Intel. He contributed to the PCI and InfiniBand specifications and holds several patents in the field of high speed networking. Mr. Goldenberg graduated Cum Laude with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and holds an MBA from the Technion Institute of Technology Israel.

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