T.L. Saaty Decision Making Hackathon

T.L. Saaty Decision Making Hackathon

Thomas L. Saaty Decision Making for Leaders Hackathon

Do you want to see how you can change the way we measure things? Do you want to see how you can tackle the toughest decisions with confidence? Join the T.L. Saaty Decision Making for Leaders Hackathon to learn how to solve complex practical business problems using both hard data and your personal perspective and experiences. Experience new ways to provide custom solutions that reflect the way that the company you work for operates and sees the world. During this event, you will learn decision-making techniques that will help you to stand out by teaching you how to avoid cookie-cutter solutions and easily explainable your solution processes.

Register for the TL Saaty Hackathon to learn how to do the above and then compete along with your team to define and solve a problem that the business partner working with us for this year’s Hackathon, has encountered in the past, is currently analyzing or may be facing in the future.

To honor the legacy of Distinguished University Professor Thomas L. Saaty (1926-2017), best known as the creator of the decision-making methods Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Analytic Network Process (ANP) for resolving complex problems, we are launching the first TL Saaty Decision Making for Leaders Hackathon in March 2022. This is a community-based initiative, bringing together academia with businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations. We will show you what the AHP/ANP process is so you will be ready to use it in the competition. Working with a selected business partner, to be announced soon, you will analyze real-world use-cases and propose solutions. A panel of judges with expertise in AHP/ANP and the challenge topics will select the winning solution.  The winning team will receive a $3,000 award.

This year’s competition will be held from March 18, 2022, to March 20,2022

Registrations closed on March 7, 2022.

Questions or concerns? Contact us at saatyhackathon@katz.pitt.edu.


Based on current federal, state, and local guidance, the 2022 T.L. Saaty Decision Making Hackathon is being planned in a face-to-face format. Information and updates will be sent to the registered users as it becomes available. The University of Pittsburgh and School of Business are not responsible for any fees or expenses related to travel changes resulting from a potential shift to a virtual format.

For more information about the University of Pittsburgh’s approach to COVID-19 safety, please visit https://www.coronavirus.pitt.edu/.


This competition is for teams of 2-3 students. If you have not formed a team, you can still register, and we will help your team up by the competition day.

The competition lasts 3 days, from March 18 to March 20. You don’t need any prior knowledge of the AHP/ANP methods. In the morning of the first day, you will receive intensive training in AHP and ANP methods, while the afternoon will be split between hands-on practice with the decision-making software tools to be used the next day. In the evening of the first day, you will get to know the representative(s) of the business partner company. The company representative(s) will introduce the aims and strategic objectives of the company and describe some of the issues they are facing or faced in the past. The teams will then begin discussing the decision problems of the company and deciding on the approach they will take. The first day’s training will lead to a Decision Making for Leaders certification.

On the second day of the competition, the teams will assembly and work on structuring their ideas. They will define the decision-making problem that they are going to solve, describe the framework, identify the decision factors, and model the problem using the appropriate decision-making methods and software tools. In the afternoon the teams will focus on finalizing their case and setting up their presentation for the next day.

On the third day, all teams will participate in a preliminary round, where they will present their case analysis and recommendations. Teams will be allotted 15 minutes to present. Following each presentation, the judges will conduct a question and answer (Q&A) session for a max of 10 minutes. Once Q&A has concluded, the judges may offer some feedback.

After presentations have concluded for all groups, the top 3-5 finalist teams will be announced. All finalist teams will compete in the final round later that afternoon. Like the first round, teams will present strictly within the 15-minutes guideline and be provided 10 minutes for Q&A with the judges. The final presentations are open to public viewing and non-finalist teams are encouraged to watch the final round of the competition. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winning teams that will be recognized on Sunday evening at an award reception. Only the 1st team will receive the monetary award of $3,000.


Jaimie Fox
Senior Account Technology Strategist at Microsoft

Jaimie Fox is currently a Senior Account Technology Strategist at Microsoft covering the Healthcare industry.  He has helped several customers by aligning various technical solutions to their priorities and initiatives.  Jaimie has over 24 years of experience in various pre-sales and consulting roles with various organizations including Tableau, Deloitte, CSC and mostly with Microsoft.  Jaimie was named a Top 50 Technical Visionary at the Intercon Conference in 2021.  He is on the Advisory Board of Divurgent, a healthcare focused technical consultancy and also is on the Advisory Board of the security start-up, Cognni, as well has sat on Advisory Board of Rutgers’ Disruptive Innovation program at the Center for Innovation Education.  He is also the co-founder and co-lead of the New Jersey Microsoft Data Platform User Group. Jaimie formerly served on the Board of Directors of the NJ HIMSS Chapter. Jaimie is an investor and advisor for iSportistics, which is a Smart Sports Video Platform that brings AI to sports video content.

Dan Menicucci
Chief Security Advisor | Architect | Strategist | Thought Leader

Dan Menicucci is a Chief Security Officer at Microsoft.  He is part of a group of cybersecurity experts, former CISOs, and former regulators who provide advice and guidance on cybersecurity strategy and architecture.

Dan has over 20 years of IT and Security experience, helping to bridge business, technical and security requirements to develop strategy and architecture for projects both on premises and in the cloud.  He brings this experience and expertise to his customers to help them develop and validate roadmaps, to aid in their digital transformations, where there is increased emphasis on securing organizational users, devices, and information.

Dan earned his BSE from the University of Pittsburgh.

Chris Jones
General Manager, Business Applications at Microsoft – Midwest

Chris Jones is an experienced enterprise sales leader with 20+ years of solution selling experience, including 18+ years at Microsoft. Currently Chris is the lead for Business Applications Business (Dynamics, PowerPlatform, LInkedin, etc) for Microsoft’s Midwest Enterprise business. Chris earned his MBA at the Joseph Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

John Yokim
WW Global Black Belt Leader – Digital & Application Innovation at Microsoft

John is a Technical Sales Leader in the Enterprise Segment with over 20 years at Microsoft.  During this time, he has held multiple positions including Technical Account Manager, Technology Strategist, Azure Solution Specialist, and Director of Azure Black Belts.  Prior to Microsoft, John held positions at Sun International and Eaton.  He has also recently joined the National Ski Patrol organization as a Patroller at Hidden Valley in Somerset, PA.

John earned his BS in Math at the University of Pittsburgh.


The T.L. Saaty Decision Making for Leaders Hackathon would not be possible without the hard work of a select group of dedicated individuals from the Pitt School of Business and Creative Decisions Foundation. They are all working together to ensure the high quality and success of this event.


Rozann Saaty
Elena Rokou
Laura Oknefski
Michael Chott
Michael Taljan
Sam Musselman


The panel of judges will be composed of professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences related to the topic at hand and the decision-making methods. Judges will include members from the international AHP/ANP community of academics and practitioners and professionals/executives that work with the business partner. The panel of judges for the preliminary and final rounds will differ.

Presentations will be judged based on the team’s ability to analyze the information presented by the business partner, clearly define the problem to be solved, effectively use the decision-making methods, be creative in their proposed solution, and communicate a recommended course of action. Importance will be placed on the creativity of the proposed alternatives and the feasibility of the team’s solution.

Judges will complete a feedback form for each team; general feedback will be given at the end of the presentation.


Jennifer ShangProfessor of Business Administration
Area Director for Business Analytics and Operations
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
University of Pittsburgh
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Mujgan Sagir OzdemirProfessor
Eskisehir Osmangazi University
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Shashi BhattaraiCo-founder and Director
Knowledge Holding International
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Claudio GarutiGeneral Manager
Decision Making Engineering Consultant
Fulcrum Ingenieria
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Rafikul IslamProfessor
Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences
International Islamic University Malaysia
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Antonella PetrilloProfessor
University of Napoli Parthenope
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Marcel MinutoloProfessor of ManagementMore Info
Saji BabyFounder and Managing Director
Institute for Delve and Evolution for Excellence
Meg Streiff


Rozann W. SaatyPresident and Executive Director
Creative Decisions Foundation
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Dan MeniccuciChief Security Advisor
Luis VargasProfessor of Operations, Decision Science, and Artificial Intelligence
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
University of Pittsburgh
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Enrique MuProfessor, MBA
IJAHP Editor-in-Chief
Carlow University
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Iwan AzisProfessor
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
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Birsen KarpakDistinguished Professor
Youngstown State University
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William WedleyProfessor
Simon Fraser University
Daniel SaatyChief Customer Success Officer and Co-founderMore Info


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