University of New Hampshire Hosts Liberty Mutual’s 24-hour Student Hackathon

Durham, N.H., February 19, 2018 – University of New Hampshire held the first UNH 24 hour Liberty Mutual Hackathon on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), right off the UNH Durham, NH campus. The 24-hour hackathon event brought together UNH students, faculty, staff, and industry to create an innovative tech solution designed to help Liberty Mutual achieve their goal of being there when their policyholders need them most.

UNH-IOL partnered with Liberty Mutual to create an event where undergraduate students worked in teams to develop a solution that puts humans at the center of the design. Teams had the option of using Liberty Mutual's Shine API, which incorporates Liberty Mutual data, insurance core competencies, and city infrastructure data to help customers live a life without worry.

“Liberty Mutual was proud to sponsor this event in partnership with the IOL and the University of New Hampshire,” said Natalie Landry, Senior Campus Recruiter at Liberty Mutual Insurance. “Hackathons offer a great opportunity for students to learn more about the insurance industry, and gain relevant experience outside of the constraints of the classroom environment that will help them in their future careers. UNH has been a great source of talent for Liberty, and we are excited to be able to support events like this. As a UNH alum I always enjoy coming back to campus and I am excited to see what the students will come up with!”

The Liberty Mutual Hackathon is designed to allow UNH students of all majors and skill levels to create and code a custom solution. Participants collaborated with Liberty Mutual staff and other computer engineers for input and suggestions as well as overall support throughout the event. All participants were judged on problem intensity, use of API services, technical robustness and usability, and pitch and demo. Each member of the top three teams received prizes ranging from $50 to $100.

“Participating at the Hackathon allowed me to work in a different team environment while giving me access to large data sets,” said Eric Smath, Computer Science at UNH and UNH-IOL employee. “I wouldn't have gotten this type of exposure in a typical classroom setting. It's exciting that Liberty Mutual and the IOL were able to give me an experience like this.”

About the UNH-IOL
The UNH-IOL is dedicated to being the world's premier data networking resource. Beginning in 1988, the UNH-IOL has built a multimillion dollar testbed and developed testing solutions to help companies efficiently and cost effectively deliver products to market. UNH-IOL’s services fit the needs of the market, while maintaining broad, comprehensive interoperability and conformance testing of networking, data, telecommunications, and storage products. The industry relies on UNH-IOL’s extensive staff experience, standards-bodies participation, 28,000+ square foot facility, and 100+ students who represent the future of interoperability testing and verification.

About Liberty Mutual Insurance
Liberty Mutual’s purpose is to help people embrace today and confidently pursue tomorrow.  Keeping this promise means we are there when our policyholders throughout the world need us most.

In business since 1912, and headquartered in Boston, Mass., today we are a leading global insurer with operations in 30 countries and economies around the world.  We are the fourth largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2016 direct written premium data as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.  We also rank 75th on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2016 revenue.  As of December 31, 2016, we had $38.3 billion in annual consolidated revenue.

We employ more than 50,000 people in over 800 offices throughout the world.  We offer a wide range of insurance products and services, including personal automobile, homeowners, commercial automobile, general liability, property, surety, workers compensation, specialty lines, and reinsurance. You can learn more about us by visiting www.libertymutualinsurance.com.