GlobalHack, an upcoming computer programming competition, is aimed at attracting some top coding talent to St. Louis for a weekend. It also will be helping a local company get off the ground.
GlobalHack's organizers are announcing today that TopOpps, a new company founded by Jim Eberlin, will sponsor the competition's $50,000 grand prize. Eberlin is also the founder of two other software companies, Gainsight and Host Analytics.
TopOpps plans to use big-data analytics to help companies improve their sales processes. It will present a problem to GlobalHack teams an hour before the competition starts at Union Station on Jan. 31, and will buy the winning team's intellectual property in exchange for the $50,000.
The GlobalHack organizers said they expect to attract 50 teams made up of 250 programmers from around the country. GlobalHack founder Gabe Lozano has said he wants to make the competition a regular event and eventually give away $1 million a year in prizes.