HackGSU Returns to Campus on October 5–7
Georgia State University will host its biannual hackathon, HackGSU, on October 5-7. The event, which is coordinated by the student organizations of the Department of Computer Science (ACM, IEEE, and Girls++), will start on Friday evening and continue nonstop until Sunday afternoon.
HackGSU is a team-based competition during which students compete to build software projects, including websites and applications. At the end of the event, teams demonstrate what they’ve built and prizes are awarded to the teams with the best projects. HackGSU has been held every spring and fall since March 2016.
This fall’s hackathon, which is expected to draw over 500 students, is completely free of charge and open to the public. Participants will come not just from Georgia State but also from high schools and universities across the United States and abroad. Participants are not required to be computer science majors – everyone is welcome.
Networking is an important aspect of HackGSU, with students having the opportunity to interact with major employers, including General Electric, Honeywell, Anthem, and Coca-Cola. Event sponsors, which include these companies as well as others, may offer internships to members of successful teams.
During the Spring 2018 HackGSU, participants had the opportunity to win such prizes as the Honeywell Live Model Editing prize and an award for the best use of Amazon Web Services. The winners of the Honeywell Live Model Editing prize developed software that focuses on the concept of object classification with augmented reality. (Augmented reality applications are able to digitize human presence in a virtual space and then allow humans to interact and perform actions within that space.) Technology like this could, for example, allow a technician to use a pair of HoloLens glasses to identify damaged or missing parts in an engine in real time, saving both time and money.
During each HackGSU, Computer Science faculty and staff members help new participants enter the world of hackathons by serving as mentors and conducting workshops. The organizers of HackGSU are grateful to the faculty and staff who helped to make the Spring 2018 HackGSU a success. Special thanks go to Dr. Erin-Elizabeth Durham, Dr. Ashwin Ashok, Dr. Juan Banda, Dr. Robert Harrison, Louis Henry, Dr. Yuan Long, Dr. Kebina Manandhar (and her husband Dr. Ayush Shrestha), Dr. Yi Pan, Dr. Michael Weeks, and systems administrator Paul Bryan, as well as student volunteers who assisted with the event.
Story by Elizabeth Hazzard