Youngstown State University’s annual hackathon, HackYSU, took place February 17-19, 2017. This event, hosted by the Penguin Hackers student organization, allows students to “hack” for 36 hours straight. Projects include apps, websites, games, robots, and everything in between.
Students came from colleges and universities from all over Ohio and even beyond to participate in HackYSU this year in the DeBartolo Stadium Club Room. The attendance this year was incredible, with more than 140 participants, 23 mentors, and 26 total projects submitted for judging.
Judging was based on originality, creativity, technical difficulty, and execution, among other things.
The group that received first place created an app that allows users to turn a smart phone into a computer mouse. One of the students from the University of Akron came up with the idea when he realized he’d forgotten his mouse at home. Rather than go without a mouse, he and his group created one.
Many groups utilized the several 3D printers that were available for the weekend, even with no previous experience in additive manufacturing.
All of the sponsors were critical in the success of the event, especially Major League Hacking, who provided the winners’ prizes, some really cool equipment, and some great advice on projects.
The projects were judged by a diverse group of judges from different businesses and backgrounds, including Dr. Kriss Schueller of YSU’s Department of Computer Science and Information Systems.