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Large Enterprises Harness the Power of Appirio and the Topcoder Crowdsourcing Community to Develop Enterprise Apps Based on Apple's Swift Programming Language

"GetSwifter" Challenge Series Includes $500,000 in Prizes From Appirio, BMC Software, Booz Allen Hamilton, Brivo Labs, HARMAN, and NTT I3

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/19/14 -- Appirio, a global cloud consultancy, today announced that BMC Software, Booz Allen Hamilton, Brivo Labs, HARMAN and NTT Innovation Institute, Inc. (NTT I3), have partnered with Appirio and its 660,000 topcoder member community of data scientists, developers and designers to create enterprise iOS and OS X applications based on Apple's new Swift programming language. As part of the "GetSwifter" Challenge Series, these organizations have partnered with the fast-growing topcoder community to help build mobile and enterprise Web applications and designs from the Internet of Things to physical building security to event applications.

Over the course of the challenge series, topcoder members will be competing for $500,000 in prizes, with challenges beginning on September 3, 2014. Appirio believes Swift will have a significant impact on the speed and agility of its community and is aiming to migrate members from other mobile development platforms to Swift.

In addition, the topcoder community has helped innovative organizations like Comcast, IBM, BMC Software and Brivo Labs create mobile applications that push the envelope with enterprise-grade mobile technologies. All GetSwifter enterprise partners will have a unique opportunity to tap into this community -- building next generation apps for iPhones, iPads, and Macs using Apple's new Swift programming language.

  • "Business transformation is always at the forefront of our strategy when connecting with our customers, partners and employees," said, Karen Bintz, Senior Director, Customer Experience, BMC Software, Inc. "Creating enterprise applications on Swift will continue to help us create the most compelling iOS applications and deliver on our promise to drive change and keep up with the demands of the market. Appirio and the topcoder community aligns perfectly with our agile, cost-effective model of delivering the best offerings in the industry. Being able to utilize the world's best developer talent in a single community will help us not only deliver the most compelling application designs, but also do it more quickly and efficiently."

  • "Booz Allen is committed to ensuring our clients have the tools to succeed in today's rapid, varied and ever-changing technology landscape," said Booz Allen Hamilton Vice President, Ashley Skyrme. "As Apple increases its role in the enterprise IT space, tapping into Appirio's collaborative community will further enable us to understand how this platform can best be used as well as how coding languages, such as Swift, will allow us to build upon iOS 8 moving forward."

  • "Brivo Labs has a long history of working with the topcoder community to bring innovative applications to our customers that have helped us outpace our competitors," said Lee Odess, General Manager, Brivo Labs. "It's important for us to continue to push the envelope as the Internet of Things industry grows at a rapid pace. We see developing iOS and OS X enterprise-focused applications on Swift as another way for us to expand our business. From past experience, we already know the crowdsourcing model using the topcoder community has proven to be the fastest and most cost-effective way to create and launch applications on this new platform."

  • "We see an enormous opportunity with the new Swift programming language to build compelling mobile and web applications that enhance the enjoyment of our consumer and professional audio products and seamlessly connect them to our digital lives," said I.P. Park, HARMAN's Chief Technology Officer. "Appirio and the community gives us access to incredibly skilled developers and designers that instantly provide a wealth of experience building and launching applications on the Apple platform."

To learn more about the GetSwifter Challenge Series and sign up to participate, visit http://swift.topcoder.com.

About Appirio
Appirio is a global cloud consultancy that helps customers achieve results in weeks, not years by harnessing the power of the world's top talent. Appirio's 660,000 member topcoder community and crowdsourcing platform, combined with the company's business and technical expertise, have helped 800+ enterprises confidently use technology to increase innovation and transform business. Founded in 2006, Appirio is a trusted partner to companies such as Apria, Coca-Cola, eBay, Facebook, Japan Post Network, L'Oreal, NetApp, The Four Seasons and Virgin America.

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