MTSU ‘HackMT’ reveals ‘brilliant’ tech...

MTSU ‘HackMT’ reveals ‘brilliant’ tech projects, student talent [+VIDEO]

College and university students from across the region and South wrapped up the fourth annual MTSU Computer Science HackMT 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.

MTSU senior Thomas Sctt demonstrates his group's app at Hack MT.

MTSU senior Thomas Scott, right, demonstrates his group’s application during the fourth annual HackMT Jan. 27 in the Science Building. (MTSU photo by Kimi Conro)

One 10-member team spent $3.50 for the domain name in creating the 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.

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2019 Hack MT crowd

Judges and visitors review the teams’ projects during the “science fair” portion of the fourth annual HackMT Jan. 27 in the MTSU Science Building. The three-day, 36-hour hackathon drew a record 200-plus students. (MTSU photo by Kimi Conro)

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee participants in Hack MT "Breakdown Game" challenge.

MTSU alumnus Steven Sheffey, left, MTSU challenges MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee to a dance-off in his group’s “Breakdown” game Jan. 27 during the grand finale to the fourth annual HackMT in the Science Building. (MTSU photo by Kimi Conro)