College and university students from across the region and South wrapped up the fourth annual MTSU Computer Science Hack MT Sunday, Jan. 27, in the Science Building.
Twenty teams and more than 200 students that MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee called “really brilliant kids” completed projects in the 36-hour hackathon, which gathers software developers, visual designers, programmers and computer science/computer information systems students from universities to form teams to invent new web platforms, mobile apps and electronic gadgets.
One 10-member team spent $3.50 for the domain name in creating the travelcast.me website. A 25-member team, spanning several colleges and cross-disciplines, collaborated with Nashville-based Second Harvest Food Bank to help the nonprofit vastly improve its warehouse efficiency — and the students will assist in the project beyond Sunday’s event wrap-up.
Other institutions represented at the event included Belmont University; Austin Peay; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; UT-Chattanooga; Motlow State Community College; the Tennessee College of Applied Technology; Western Governors University; and the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
A team named CDUD, with two MTSU students and two UT-Knoxville students, earned first place in the judges’ Professional Choice Awards. They created an augmented reality sandbox that changed colors based on the terrain when items in the sandbox moved.
The Second Harvest team earned the Hackers Choice Award and placed second in the Professional Choice Awards.
L3 ForceX and Asurion led the group of sponsors supporting the event.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)