CodeLinc: A hackathon for good

Code for a good cause — and make connections for a lifetime — through codeLinc.

Lincoln Financial is pleased to announce the winners of our 2020 virtual hackathon. To stay informed about our 2021 event, email

In 2020, participants were challenged to create an app that addressed a significant challenge of our nonprofit partner, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America: Keeping mentors and mentees, known as “Bigs” and “Littles,” connected during COVID-19. Their solutions were judged on criteria such as usability, relevance to the challenge, and innovation.

Winners’ Roster

First place:

Courvoisier Hopkins of University of California, Irvine, Olufemi Adefila of Georgia Institute of Technology and Alyssa Tan of University of California, Irvine, for Cresh, an app designed to let Bigs and Littles connect through fitness.

Second place:

Jesel Reyes of El Centro College, Eric Sanchez of University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Rahul Athreya of Arizona State University, for EduAR, an educational app designed to let Littles use augmented reality to learn with customized plans from their Bigs.

Third place:

Arnav Aggarwal of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Kinllen Peng of Cornell University, Pavan Pandurangi of William Fremd High School, Harmon Bhasin of University of Madison Wisconsin, Pranay Prabhakar of Union College, and Arnav Batta of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for Project Protect and Equip, which is designed to use machine learning to pinpoint which learning resources Littles need across the country.

Technical Innovation Award:

Stella Wang, Tuan Lam, and Tyrell Robbins, all of Temple University, for Hobby Bloc, which is designed to match Littles with physical activity boxes to do with their Bigs over Zoom.

“I’m thrilled we could make this event happen in a virtual environment. Many thanks to all who participated, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America,” said Scott Roth, senior vice president of IT Enterprise Solutions. “And a special thanks to the many Lincoln employees who volunteered their time and knowledge to bring this event to life.”

Why participate in codeLinc?

  • Test your technology know-how against real-world challenges
  • Gain hands-on mentoring and coaching from the industry’s top IT professionals
  • Connect with peers from across the country
  • Find summer internship opportunities
  • Compete for cash awards totaling $15,000

Get an inside look at codeLinc

Watch this short video featuring Blair Collins, past codeLinc participant and current Lincoln employee.

A tradition of coding for the community

Lincoln Financial knows that good corporate citizenship is intrinsic to our success. We are committed to improving the quality of life in our communities, and we’re proud to use our technological know-how in these efforts.

Every year, codeLinc focuses on a different charitable organization or cause. Past nonprofits Lincoln has helped through its codelinc challenge include The Servant Center, Guilford Food Network, Junior Achievement, Out of the Garden Project, and Teacher Supply Warehouse.

Learn more about Lincoln's commitment to social responsibility.