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Salesforce.com hackathon do-over nets basically the same results

on December 3, 2013

Gigaom

In the face of controversy over its $1 million hackathon contest, Salesforce.com(s crm) went back to the drawing board and came back with two million-dollar winners, including the disputed first-round winner and the disputed first-round runner up.

Salesforce.com admitted that it did not communicate contest eligibility requirements very well and that it will do better, likely with some outside help, for the next hackathon contest. And there will be a next hackathon contest, Burke Norton, chief legal officer for the San Francisco-based SaaS giant, said in an interview.

He also said it is likely the company will change the rules around former Salesforce.com employee participation in the event. For this round, former employees could participate if they left Salesforce prior to August 31, 2013. That time window will likely be lengthened, Norton said.

To recap, at its big Dreamforce event on November 21, judges awarded the team from Upshot…

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