Student-Run Hackathon Draws Over 550 Participants, Generates 127 Projects
Photos: Joseph Xu, College of Engineering
February 1st came, and the busses began arriving at U-M's Palmer Commons. Over the course of the weekend, more than 550 students from across the country participated in the first-ever MHacks Hackathon, creating a total of 127 projects, the most ever at a student-run event of this kind.
A team of judges from industry, including lead sponsor Facebook, joined judges from the University in narrowing the field of contestants and choosing final winners (video). Top prizes were as follows and included 5 teams from Michigan:
1. SpeakEasy (UIUC)
2. Chaos Pad (Michigan: Billy Irwin, Joseph Constan, Christopher O-Neil)
3. Snow_Code (UIUC)
4. PayUpBitch.es (Michigan: Prateek Sachdeva, Nicholas Ruff)
5. Nowcation (Michigan: Jesse Daugherty, Raj Vir, Jamie Sookprasong)
6. Gather Magic (Purdue)
7. WPass (Michigan: Matthew Schulte, Mark Schulte)
8. Moments (Purdue)
9. Mustard (Michigan: Matthew Kneiser, Otto Sipe)
10. Moon.Chase.Start (Cranbrook HS)
CSE sponsored the prize for the "Most Technically Impressive" hack; that prize went to the Snow_Code team.