College students are preparing for the seventh annual HackMT at Middle Tennessee State University later this week — and a return to an in-person event where gadgets, gizmos and creativity abound.
HackMT will be held from 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, through noon Sunday, Jan. 30, in the MTSU Science Building on Friendship Street, with the public invited to the grand finale starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. To find nearby parking, go here.
The hack-a-thon and project expo, hosted by the Department of Computer Science, brings software developers and visual designers together with computer science, computer information systems and other students from regional universities. They form teams to try to invent new web platforms, mobile apps and electronic gadgets during more than 36 intense, uninterrupted hours.
“The interaction between industry partners and MTSU students as well as other university students during HackMT offer business and industry the opportunity to observe the knowledge and skill sets of the students (future employees),” said Joshua Phillips, associate professor and event director.
“Additionally, the interaction between industry and students also facilitates networking between students and business partners, while also supporting the business goal of attracting and retaining new talent to our region,” Phillips said.
Judges will select the top three teams, which will be announced Sunday.
Primary sponsors include Asurion, Bondware, CAT Financial and L3 Harris. Last year, sponsors awarded scholarships to two students.
Other sponsors include Antage, Genesco, MTSU Data Science and UBS.
The 2021 event was held virtually because of the pandemic. For health and safety protocols for this year’s HackMT, Phillips said he planned to email those registered, “recommending vaccination and masks and simply not attending if not feeling well or having symptoms.”
About MTSU Computer Science
MTSU boasts the largest computer science department in Tennessee, with 500 majors and an outstanding graduate program. The department works closely with the Computational and Data Sciences doctoral program and Data Scienceundergraduate program.
The bachelor’s in computer science/professional computer science concentration is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org).
The department, one of 11 in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, has an exceptional career placement rate, especially with business and industry in the Midstate. Medha Sarkar is the department chair.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)