This is the 7th year we have run this contest and in 2022, its growing popularity is self-evident from the 26 entries received. This is the most we have ever received, smashing our previous best of 18 set in 2021. While this event is a contest and there are winners, it is so much more than that. It is a truly inspiring showcase of the many different types of uses for our platform and a celebration of the contributions made to the HPCC Systems open source project and Machine Learning Library.

The students who entered this contest have been using HPCC Systems alongside their studies in 2022 to put their learning to practical use in preparation for a potential career in a technology-based position such as software development or data analytics. Our HPCC Systems Interns enter this contest alongside many from our Academic Program collaborations. Some students work on excellent use cases and POCs, using HPCC Systems to ingest and analyze data that looks at real world and global problems. Others put their programming skills to the test in other ways, working on projects that directly benefit our platform and open source community.

This contest is run completely remotely. Students submit an abstract, their completed poster and a five minute video. We create a page on our Community Wiki for each student, providing access to all these resources. Initially, these resources are kept under wraps so that our judges have an opportunity to view them in private and make their decisions on the winners. All are available for you to view in our 2022 Poster Contest Wiki.

Our judges score the students based on the resources they have seen for each student. They look at the originality of the project and relevance to the HPCC Systems open source platform and community. They consider the organization and the visual appeal of the poster as well as the relationship with the content. And finally, they score how well the student communicated their ideas, focusing on the flow and clarity of the video presentation.

Meet our 2022 Poster Contest Judges

Learn more about our judges and the virtual judging process

Dawn Riley
Allan Wrobel
James McMullan
Vannel Zeufack
  • Dawn Riley – Manager Software Engineering, LexisNexis Risk Solutions Group
    Dawn leads a team of software engineer an has a good understanding of how the HPCC Systems Platform supports the MVR product suite. She also helps the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children® (NCMEC) locate missing children by volunteering on the ADAM team. Dawn is a Certified Business Analysis ProfessionalTM, Certified ScrumMasterTM and Certified Scrum Product OwnerTM
  • Allan Wrobel – Consulting Software Engineering, LexisNexis Risk Solutions Group
    Allan is a longstanding user of HPCC Systems. As well as providing feature and enhancement ideas using our Community Issue Tracker, he has also helped to locate and diagnose issues, leading to fixes which have benefited many of our users. He has become a regular feature of our community outreach and many users have found his YouTube Channel a valuable resource for practical guidance on using the ECL Language.
  • James McMullan – Senior Software Engineer, LexisNexis Risk Solutions Group
    James has a broad range of Software Engineering experience from developing low level system drivers for X-Ray fluorescence equipment to mobile video games and web applications. He is a member of the HPCC Systems Platform team, working on multiple projects including Spark Benchmarking, integration projects between HPCC Systems and the Spark and Hadoop ecosystems as well as documenting storage systems.
  • Vannel Zeufack – ETL Developer, DataSeers
    Vannel joined the HPCC Systems Intern Program in 2019, completing a project which involved developing and assessing unsupervised anomaly detection methods. He was the 3rd Prize Winner at our 2019 Poster Contest (View Poster). In 2020, he returned to complete another internship he then graduated and joined DataSeers, which is an industry partner and user of HPCC Systems. 

The judges met each student in our virtual Q and A sessions where they asked questions and sought clarity on any points arising from each student’s resources. Once these sessions were done, they submitted their final scorecards and the results were kept under wraps, ready to be announced during our Community Awards Ceremony in the closing plenary session of HPCC Systems Community Day.

Our four judges each brought a unique perspective to the poster contest based on their varied knowledge and experience gained in their professional lives. It can take quite some time to review each poster entry and with 26 to look at, that is a lot of information to take in. They all enjoyed the experience immensely, commenting in particular on how it opened their eyes to possible uses of HPCC Systems they had not considered before and the high level of dedicated work done by the students.

Click on the links below to read the abstracts and view the posters in each of the following four categories:

Data Analytics

Platform Enhancement

Use Case


An additional sixth prize, is awarded to the student whose poster receives the most votes from attendees of our 2022 Community Day Summit and is known as the Community Choice Award.

2022 HPCC Systems Poster Contest Winners

Now you’ve had a chance to look at the entries, see whether you agree with the choices made by our judges and community.

2022 Best Poster – Data Analytics

Congratulations to Ananya Gupta, Clemson University, USA
Nepali NLP Initiative

Ananya Gupta joined the 2022 HPCC Systems Intern Program to work on an NLP project involving the development of an analyzer to look at Nepali text. This analyzer needed to be incorporated into Wiktionary for lookup and additional NLP analysis. Ananya generated additional interest in her project by issuing a press release calling for help in building the Nepali Wiktionary. Her Nepali NLP Forum FaceBook page that is increasing its readership daily, may make her a pioneer for her native language in the world of NLP.

2022 Best Poster – Platform Enhancement

Congratulations to Jack Del Vecchio, Miami of Ohio University, USA
Interfacing MongoDB into ECL

Over the years, we have been adding support for new embedded languages and datastores to be leveraged by developers using the ECL language (find out what we currently support here). Jack joined the 2022 HPCC Systems Intern Program to add MongoDB to this list, which will make HPCC Systems more accessible to community users who choose to use MongoDB for their big data analytics projects.

2022 Best Poster – Use Case

Congratulations to Sarvesh Prabhu, Lambert High School, Georgia, USA
Colorectal Cancer diagnosis: A comparative study between Neural Networks vs. Random Forest Deep learning for business use cases

Sarvesh Prabhu submitted a proposal to complete a project in a specific area of interest to him focusing on a piece of research involving using the HPCC Systems Machine Learning Library to provide a effective diagnosis and prognosis for colorectal cancer using image classification. This ambitious project led to him being accepted on to the 2022 HPCC Systems Intern Program and provides an excellent use case for the HPCC Systems platform and our Machine Learning Library bundles.

2022 Best Poster – Research

Congratulations to Shravya Dasu, RVCE, India
Visualization and Determination of the Potability of Surface Water

This project’s major goal is to develop a visualization tool that will allow the growth of various substances in water over time to be tracked. By comparing the amount of these substances in the water sample with the WHO water potability requirements, the potability of water is determined. This will make it easier to identify potential causes of water contamination and assist governments in the implementation of any necessary steps.

2022 Community Choice Award Winner

Congratulations to Nathalia Ribas, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
HPCC Systems Log Monitoring in the Cloud

This project aims to explore how log analysis can be implemented effectively in a cloud containerized Big Data processing platform. As a result of this study, a series of log analysis dashboards were proposed to be made available to users to facilitate visualization of data such as status of work units and platform components. It is expected that the results of this study may contribute to ECL programmers and HPCC Systems administrators in achieving a better understanding of the behavior of their workunits and the platform components.

One more poster for you to look at…

Elizabeth Lorti, King’s College London
Technology Marketing and Branding

Elizabeth Lorti joined the 2022 HPCC Systems Intern Program to complete a project working with our Director of Marketing. Unfortunately, she was ineligible to enter our 2022 Poster Contest due to administrative difficulties at our end. However, Elizabeth submitted an abstract and poster anyway and deserves her place in the sun for going the extra mile.

She took control of the HPCC Systems social media after presenting her strategy to the team. She measured growth, improvement and expansion on our social media channels, demonstrating how her work contributed significantly to our social media presence.

Thanks and see you next year!

What a great year for our Poster contest!

Thank you so much to all participants for sharing their work and ideas with our open source community. Thanks also to our judges for doing such a wonderful job of reviewing all the poster and taking the decisions culminating in our award winners. I’m sure it was not easy to choose from so many high quality projects Thanks also to all our 2022 Community Day attendees who voted for our 2022 Community Award Winner, Nathalia Ribas.

There are so many takeaways from all these projects, some of which tackle some of the most pressing global issues of our time. Join us at our 2023 HPCC Systems Community Day Summit in the Fall to hear about all the successes achieved by students working on HPCC Systems related projects during the year.