Salesforce.com completes hackathon review, awards second $1 million prize

The probe came after complaints of unfairness from participants in the coding contest at last month's Dreamforce conference

By , IDG News Service |  Software

Meanwhile, Salesforce.com found that the Healthcare.love team was also eligible to participate because Salesforce.com's investment in their employer is "immaterial," and therefore Healthcare.love is not a "Salesforce.com-related entity under the rules."

Finally, the probe concluded that "all eligible submissions were reviewed by the judges," the statement adds.

Salesforce.com will hold additional hackathons and is in the planning stages for the next one now, according to Monday's announcement.

The vendor's attempt to quickly appease critics of the hackathon follows past actions in dealing with criticism and reflects its oft-stated emphasis on the impact that social media can have on a company's fortunes.

In early 2012, Salesforce.com found itself besieged by customers who were angered that an upcoming Analytics Edition of its CRM (customer relationship management) software would result in additional fees rather than be rolled into the core product. Within days, it reversed its decision to charge extra for the analytics and publicly apologized to customers.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

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