March 30, 2018

LAUNCH 2018 – That’s a wrap!

The inaugural Constellation LAUNCH Developers Conference was held March 19 – 21 in Midtown Atlanta. This sold-out event was a resounding success that exceeded all expectations. Over three-quarters of our Credit Union partners and more than one-third of our Fintech partners were present. During this international gathering, participants were able to learn about front-end tile development and back-end data connectors directly from the engineers who built the platform. Attendees were also able to take advantage of two incredible networking events to establish connections and share ideas.

Day one was exciting. Participants were fully immersed into the Constellation Digital platform and received the training and education needed to start creating service tiles. We took deep dives into tile development and connectors, as well as conducted general discussion and Q&A sessions. Later in the evening, the fun continued as we were treated to a behind the scenes tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta’s premier sports and entertainment facility and home of the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta United FC. Following the tour, attendees enjoyed a relaxing dinner at No Mas Cantina.


On day two, developers were able to put their new skills to the test in a Hackathon. In less than one day, participants were able to create brand new tiles that ran on the Constellation Digital Platform and were accessible to both mobile and desktop devices. Several tiles in the Hackathon were even connected to external third-party APIs.

All seven of our development teams turned in great examples of how a credit union or fintech can use the Constellation Digital Platform to quickly create innovative new services for members. After developing their tile, they presented their work to a panel of judges and three teams collected hardware for their extraordinary creations. Winners don’t collect an Oscar or Grammy … at Constellation they collect a Gravity Award!

And the Gravity goes to ….

The LIFT OFF award, is the honorable mention for our Hackathon. It was presented to team Rogue Two.

  • Ryan Daedlow – CO-OP
  • Andy Kim – CO-OP
  • Zac Sanasac – Nusenda
  • Bob Funke – Rate Reset
The ORBIT award, is our 2nd place award for our hackathon. They narrowly missed the top award. It was presented Team [0].

  • Keith Constable – Coastal Credit Union
  • Jeff Bailey – Coastal Credit Union
  • Dustin Lynch – Coastal Credit Union
And our Hackathon Champs received the BEST IN SHOW award. It was presented to team Star Lords.

  • Jim Barnes – Moblico
  • Cameron Knight – Moblico
  • Dustin Montoya – Open Technology Solutions
The Trailblazer Award is the first Gravity Award presented outside of a hackathon. Constellation was very happy to recognize the contributions of Rate Reset’s Robert Funke for being the very first developer to create a tile and submit it to us for testing. In fact, he has already submitted two! Congratulations to Robert and Rate Reset!


The success of our very first LAUNCH Developers Conference was incredible. Thank you to Georgia’s Own Credit Union and Xtensifi for helping play such key roles in the planning and execution of the event. And thanks, as well to the all of the developers AND business folks from our investors and fintech partners for coming together for this great event!

Weren’t able to make it? Check out the fun by searching the hashtag #LaunchCon18