PLANTATION, Fla.—June 13, 2014– e-Builder, the leading provider of cloud-based construction program management software, announced that 16-year-old Alejandro Lucena is the winner of their Code-a-Thon. Lucena is a student at Cypress Bay High School in Weston.
e-Builder President and CEO, Ron Antevy, awarded Lucena the grand prize of $2,500.
“Alejandro was the youngest person to enter the code-a-thon and performed 33% better than the other contestants,” Antevy said. “It’s incredible to see such young talent in South Florida. He has a very bright future ahead of him.”
The contest was open to both professional and student programmers and included a number of creative code challenges and programming puzzles. Lucena answered the most problems correctly in the shortest amount of time.
“The challenges were a mix– Some were pretty straightforward and others were really hard. I just did my best and hoped for the best outcome,” Lucena said.
The teenager began learning how to code in sixth grade. He said it began when he started watching coding videos on the computer and taking online tutorials. “I’m completely self-taught,” Lucena said. “I do it because it’s what I’m passionate about and I want to do it forever.”
He is enrolled in AP Computer Science at Cypress Bay High School and plans to get a computer science degree when he heads to college in 2016. Lucena said he has no idea yet what he plans to do with the money.
“We were looking for the best of the best in South Florida when it comes to coding and programming and we found him,” said Antevy. He’s younger than we expected, but in the technology world, age doesn’t matter.”
The Code-a-Thon took place on June 11th at e-Builder Headquarters in Plantation. Participants began the challenge at 1:00 p.m. and had until 6:00 p.m. to finish. The winner was announced at the e-Builder Open House event on Thursday night.
e-Builder created a unique software that streamlines the work of managing large construction projects for facility owners, saving their clients both time and money. The e-Builder technology helps government agencies, healthcare and educational institutions manage billions of dollars in capital improvement.
The company has grown more than 40% each year for the past several years and is looking to hire 20 new employees immediately.
e-Builder is the leading provider of integrated, cloud-based construction program management software for top facility owners and the companies that act on their behalf. The company’s flagship product, e-Builder Enterprise, improves capital project execution, resulting in increased productivity and quality, reduced cost, and faster project delivery. Since 1995, e-Builder’s technology leadership and construction industry focus has provided thousands of global companies, government agencies, and healthcare and educational institutions managing billions of dollars in capital programs with solutions to improve the plan, build, and operate lifecycle. The company is privately held and headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, visit www.e-Builder.net.