ATLANTA, April 3, 2014 - Cardlytics, an Atlanta-based advertising and technology company and the pioneer in Card-Linked Marketing, tapped into Atlanta’s high tech talent pool in a new, innovative way this past weekend. The fast-growing company held the second annual Cardlytics Software Engineering Competition at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Albert Shaw, a Georgia Tech freshman from Johns Creek, won the competition and was named IronCoder 2014, taking home a cash prize of $2,000 and, more importantly, securing an interview with the company. The competition is designed to reward technology students and help identify talent for open technology and engineering positions with Cardlytics in Atlanta. This is Shaw’s second visit to the winner’s circle in the IronCoder competition. He came in second in the inaugural IronCoder event in 2013. Graduate student Kaeser Sabrin, of Dhaka, Bangladesh, took home second prize ($1000) and Surenkumar Nihalani, a graduate student from Mumbai, India, came in third place ($500 prize). Both Sabrin and Nihalani will also get interviews with the Cardlytics engineering team. The three-hour competition took place March 29th on the Georgia Tech campus, with about 25 participants. The challenge was a closely guarded secret until the competition began. Competitors were asked to complete 10 highly complex math problems. The winners were chosen based on how accurately they answered the question, with speed of completion breaking any ties. “As Cardlytics grows, we are looking for great technologists to fuel that expansion. We created the IronCoder challenge to introduce Cardlytics to the fantastic technical talent at Georgia Tech,” said Andrew Hamilton, Chief Technology Officer, Cardlytics. “In our second year, we had even more students participate, and they all turned in very high quality work. Our sincere congratulations go to Albert, Kaeser and Surenkumar and we look forward to meeting all of them in the weeks ahead,” Hamilton added. Cardlytics is always on the look out for high–level technology professionals, including software engineers, project managers, analysts and developers. A full list of current openings is available at Cardlytics Careers.
Cardlytics is a leading advertising & technology company and the pioneer in Card-Linked Marketing. Through partnerships with nearly 400 financial institutions, including Bank of America, Lloyds Banking Group and others, the company has insight into consumer purchase behavior for ~70% of U.S. households and ~30% of U.K. households, capturing spending across all stores and categories. Cardlytics’ patented technology allows advertisers to make a direct connection to millions of active buyers, through their online banking and mobile banking applications. Cardlytics is headquartered in Atlanta, with offices in London, New York and San Francisco. The company is funded by leading investors in Boston and Silicon Valley, as well as a strategic investment from the world’s leading loyalty company, Aimia.