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Halloween Hack-A-Thon Puts Student Tech Skills Center Stage


Last week, Hofstra University’s second Make-A-Thon/Hack-A-Thon event at Calkins Lab gave students the opportunity to explore and create Halloween-themed digital projects. The Make-A-Thon featured special hands-on activities, including 3D printing, basic electronics, and robotics.

The Hack-A-Thon was an all-night computer coding competition that challenged teams of students to create programming to benefit the Hofstra community.

Team .Pride: Christopher Davie, Denson George, Mazharul Onim, John Xue

This year’s judges were: Xiang Fu, associate professor of computer science; John Vaccaro, assistant professor of engineering; and Mike Devlin, coordinator of information systems.

Hack-A-Thon Winners:

First Place
Team .Pride –  Christopher Davie, Denson George, Mazharul Onim, John Xue
Developed a program that will let students create a petition/sign a petition for events/items they want on campus

Second Place:
Team rottersquare.dmx – Tyler Barragan, Kirt Gittens, Ryan Henning
Created a program that would allow students to find other interested students for collaboration on projects (ie.: film majors who need actors, students interested in getting a team together for the Hack-A-Thon)

Third Place:
Team Sheawne – Alex Cain, Diana Gonzalez, Sean Ladendecker, Thuraia White
They created a program that would let students input various fields of information to generate an online resume/website

Fourth Place
Team – The Under Achievers – Zachary Vampola, Matt Enea, James Ray
Created a program that would find open food establishments on campus

Prizes included  Nexus 7 tablets, SONY headphones, and veho camcorder bundles.

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