Contestia ( is a general-purpose Applicant Tracking System (ATS) platform following a Software as a Service (SaaS) business model. It has been developed by

Our first MVP (Contestia Darwin) is aimed to help hosting startup contests and hackathons. You start defining the input form. Once you start receiving applications, you invite evaluators to work on them. Finally, you choose the criteria to determine which applications pass to the next round(s) (or win the contest). You get immediate visibility of how the contest is progressing, identifying any hotspots you need to pay attention to.

Currently, one of our key customers, BBVA's Innovation Center, is using Contestia to manage all the workflow details for the BBVA Open Talent 2017 (

The world’s biggest fintech challenge for startups, which this year has grown significantly. A truly global hunt for the best of the best in the world of fintech and digital banking

Contestia is based on an event-based microservices architecture. The core and other services are running Pharo 6 and are integrated with other microservices based on different stacks through asynchronous messaging using RabbitMQ and REST APIs.

Pharo has been a key piece to successfully apply our Domain-Driven Design (DDD) approach for Contestia development. We have developed a service following an hexagonal architecture and based on event sourcing and CQRS. Pharo provides an agile live development environment that allows us a very fast development pace and building a reliable and maintainable software system said R. Luque from

9 September 2017