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Techie college students creatively collaborate at MTSU’s Hack MT [+VIDEO]

One of the winning MTSU “Hack MT” teams created an online app that can provide free food for the needy and help feed the homeless. Another would work in tandem with Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program at Christmas.

Joined by industry mentors and alumni, imaginative college students from across the region collaborated for 36 hours during the fifth annual Hack MT, which wrapped up Jan. 26 in the MTSU Science Building.

MTSU computer science Chair Medha Sarkar, left, and graduate student Steven Sheffey enjoy competing in one of the Infinity team’s games they created during the 36-hour HackMT in the Science Building’s first-floor atrium. MTSU sophomore team member Myles Chisholm, right, assists. More than a dozen teams and 150 students competed at the fifth annual event Sunday, Jan. 26.(MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)

Medha Sarkar, left, chair of MTSU’s Department of Computer Science, and graduate student Steven Sheffey, center, compete in one of the Infinity team’s games they created during the 36-hour Hack MT in the Science Building’s first-floor atrium while MTSU sophomore team member Myles Chisholm assists. More than a dozen teams and 150 students competed at the fifth annual event Sunday, Jan. 26.(MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)

The “hackathon” gathers software developers, visual designers, programmers and computer science/computer information systems students from area universities to form teams to invent new web platforms, games, mobile apps and electronic gadgets.

Students from Belmont, Vanderbilt, Motlow and elsewhere joined dozens from MTSU at the hackathon.

Aziza Mirsaidova, 21, an MTSU junior finance major from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, said her 10-member team, named Nom/Nom, created an app that was essentially a free-food finder.

“It actually is not only for giving away food, but helping people who need food,” she said.

MTSU alumnus Kenny Pyatt with Technology/Advice in Nashville mentored an 18-member team, made up mostly MTSU of freshmen and sophomores and named Charity Toy Tracker, to help make children happier at Christmas.

“I love the event. It’s fun to mentor,” said Pyatt, who added that the team worked on the project until 4 a.m. Sunday and returned later.

“Selfishly, I recruit people from the event to be hired at our company,” he said, adding that about 12 Hack MT participants have landed jobs.

Heena Khan, 28, an MTSU computer science graduate student from Mumbai, explains her Nom/Nom team’s online free food-finding app to a judge during the fifth annual HackMT at MTSU in the Science Building Liz and Creighton Rhea Atrium Sunday, Jan. 26. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)

Heena Khan, 28, an MTSU computer science graduate student from Mumbai, explains her Nom/Nom team’s online free food-finding app to a judge during the fifth annual Hack MT at MTSU in the Science Building Sunday, Jan. 26. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)

Murfreesboro Discovery School third-grader Alex Otter, 9, son of MTSU biology professor and Data Science Institute co-director Ryan Otter, said he enjoyed the “Crazy Connect” team’s augmented reality mini-games. He and Maxwell Wovchko, 12, a Brentwood (Tennessee) Middle School sixth-grader, also had a blast playing the popular Infinity team’s five games.

IHack MT logonfinity team member Daniel Cox, 31, an MTSU junior computer science major from Memphis, Tennessee, called it a “very positive and supportive experience. We pushed ourselves. I was motivated by (Hack MT veteran and MTSU graduate student) Steven Sheffey. … It was a nice, diverse level of academia around the team.”

“They had what I was looking for,” MTSU graduate student Kevin Barrett, 23, said of his involvement with the data science project led by professor Charlie Apigian. “I felt like I learned a lot more in this 36-hour event than you can in an entire class. It’s much more focused.”

Apigian is co-director of the MTSU Data Science Institute.

Nom/Nom and L3Harris Technologies tied for first place in a judges’ vote. Charity Toy Tracker finished second. Car Hackers, which included four Belmont University students and a Motlow State student who plans to transfer to MTSU in the fall, placed third.

Nom/Nom also earned the event’s Hacker’s Choice Award.

HackMT judges chose the Nom/Nom team recipient of the fifth annual Hacker’s Choice Award Sunday, Jan. 26, at the conclusion of the 36-hour hackathon event in the MTSU Science Building. The team created an online app for people to obtain free food and to help feed the homeless. The team also earned co-first place honors, overall, along with the L3Harris Technologies team. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)

Members of the Nom/Nom team at the fifth annual Hack MT event at MTSU celebrate their win of the Hacker’s Choice Award Sunday, Jan. 26, at the conclusion of the 36-hour hackathon event in the MTSU Science Building. The team created an online app for people to obtain free food and to help feed the homeless. The team also shared co-first place honors with the L3Harris Technologies team. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)

“All of the teams and students worked really hard,” said MTSU computer science assistant professor Josh Phillips.

Asurion, a title sponsor along with L3Harris, presented a Raspberry Pi to Rafal Sobachi, 23, an MTSU senior information systems major from Jaddah, Saudia Arabia, in a door prize drawing.

To learn more about Hack MT and the 2021 hackathon, which will be held Jan. 29-31, call 615-898-2397. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, call development officer Paul Wydra at 615-898-5329.

Including computer science, computer information systems and data science, MTSU has more than 300 combined undergraduate and graduate programs.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

One of the teams in the fifth annual HackMT at MTSU collaborates to apply the finishing touches to its project just before the judged science fair portion of the event Sunday, Jan. 26, in the Science Building’s second-floor atrium. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)

Participants at the fifth annual Hack MT at MTSU collaborate to apply the finishing touches to their team project just before the judged science fair portion of the event Sunday, Jan. 26, in the Science Building’s second-floor atrium. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)

MTSU computer science assistant professor Josh Phillips, left, listens as Jessica Wijaya, a junior computer science major, explains her team’s project during the science fair portion of the fifth annual HackMT at MTSU, which concluded Sunday, Jan. 26, in the Science Building’s Liz and Creighton Rhea Atrium. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)

MTSU computer science assistant professor Josh Phillips, left, listens as Jessica Wijaya, a junior computer science major, explains her team’s project at the science fair portion of the fifth annual Hack MT at MTSU. The event  concluded Sunday, Jan. 26, in the Science Building’s Liz and Creighton Rhea Atrium. (MTSU photo by Cat Curtis Murphy)


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