Students Create 20 Projects in 24 Hours at Hack U

On October 27 – 30, Yahoo! held its second Hack U at U-M, a series of workshops culminating in a 24-hour programming contest. Turnout for the event was high, and student teams created a total of 20 projects at the event.

Graduate student Avishay Livne received first prize for his project, "Crowd Wisdom for Crosswords," a crossword puzzle for which the solver can send queries on the Web to get answers. He received an iPad and will travel to Sunnyvale, Calif., to compete at Yahoo! headquarters in the next round of Hack U.

Two freshmen, Jason Berlinsky and Jack Wink, won second prize with their creation "Where’s Da Party At?," which brings participative social networking to the local party scene.

In third place was CSE graduate student Ricardo Rodriguez with "YouTrivia," a video trivia game engine which he was inspired to create by his favorite television show, "How I Met Your Mother." YouTrivia plays video clips from the show, and then asks a question with multiple choices for answers.

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Hack U was covered by AnnArbor.com in the story, "Student Programmers Excel at Hack U"

Pictures from Hack U

Below are photos from the end of the event, during which teams presented to the group. To view or download larger photos, just click on the thumbnail image of interest.

Posted: November 3, 2010