Fall 2014 Student Hackathon Recap

The Fall 2014 hackNY Student Hackathon was a blast! We celebrated our 10th student hackathon at NYU’s Courant Institute, with students from around the country hacking on projects from games to trains to drones. Check out all the photos from the hackathon on the hackNY Flickr.

Signed posters presented to hackNY co-organizers Evan Korth and Chris Wiggins by the Fall 2014 hackNY hackers
Signed posters presented to hackNY co-organizers Evan Korth and Chris Wiggins by the Fall 2014 hackNY hackers

WINNERS

First Place
Calclash by Dan Cadden
Calclash is a compilation of calculation and clash; it’s a multiplication battle game to sharpen user’s arithmetic skills using an 8bit inspired versus mode. Players face off for a set amount of time gaining points for each correct answer. When the timer expires, whoever has the most points wins! The webapp supports up to 25 simultaneous games; it is hosted using Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing and implemented using Node JS and Firebase.

 

Second Place
Tortoise by Steven Hines, Frances Chen, Raymond Zeng, and Ping Hu
For when you really don’t want anyone knowing with whom and what you are talking about. Messages are encrypted with elliptical curve cryptography. Public keys (contact data) are exchanged through NFC to prevent potential eavesdropping. All TCP traffic is routed through Tor, masking the IP of the real source and destination.

 

Third Place
NodeFlow by Thomas Caputi and Sandile Keswa
NodeFlow creates an illusion of threading in Javascript, allowing for syncronis writing style and eliminating callback hell.

 

Most APIs
AlfredBot by Brian Zeng,  Niger Little-Poole, and Siddharth Ramakrishnan
Alfred is an Android personal chat assistant that performs various functions for you. To use Alfred, you need to switch your input method to the Alfred keyboard.

 

Funniest Hack
NSAWatch.me by Michael Garate
A Lorem ipsum generator using NSA keywords. Generate filler text based on top NSA keywords guaranteed to increase the visibility of your brand.

 

Best User Interface
EventFra.me by Zahir Ramos and Kyle Johnson
Text event photos to a realtime collaborative gallery with @Nameofevent

 

Best Pitch
Calclash by Dan Cadden
Calclash is a compilation of calculation and clash; it’s a multiplication battle game to sharpen user’s arithmetic skills using an 8bit inspired versus mode. Players face off for a set amount of time gaining points for each correct answer. When the timer expires, whoever has the most points wins! The webapp supports up to 25 simultaneous games; it is hosted using Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing and implemented using Node JS and Firebase.

 

Best Hardware Hack
MindF*ck by Adrian Soghoian, Adrian Vatchinsky, Ben Flask, Brandon Plaster, and Lucas Deny
An emotion-driven art experience.

 

8Breaker
Express on Rails by Matt Condon, Faiq Raza, Michelle Chen, and Emily Orr
A model train outfitted with sensors and an Intel Edison travels from room to room collecting data and shooting lasers. Get real time big (model) train data with our minimalistic and modern web interface!

 

Most Improved
News Feel by Emily Pries
Analyze the New York Times’ sentiment about any topic or person and see it how it changes. Learn more about particular points in time by jumping directly to the news article.

 

 

 

Hacking New York

The following is a guest blog post by Matt Condon about his summer as a member of the class of 2014 hackNY fellows. The original article can be found at Matt’s blog. Want to become a hackNY fellow this summer? Checkout apply.hackny.org.

The presentation was under 3 minutes. Reading this blog post will probably take longer. I’m sorry I got your hopes up.

At Magnetic I built SmartTags with Patrick. If you want to learn more about what Magnetic does, check out this blog post!

We also worked on some data science related tasks where we found the most popular categories that Magnetic served ads for.

This blog also happened. I went from about 200 words at the beginning of the summer to almost 40,000. In single-spaced, 12pt Helvetica, that’s 80 pages.

I released FiveStar in late May. This happened during my daily blogging phase, so there’s a wealth of talk about it:

Relevant blog post.

Humans and Places of New York (Flickr)

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Twitch Plays Typing Tutor

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The FindTheBest Saga:

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Thank you to Chris, Evan, and Whitney for making HackNY a thing.

And thanks to the Fellows for doing the thing.

 

A Summary:

All of the HackNY Speaker Series notes:

All of the New York Daily Posts