Over 400 students from colleges across the country came together at Northwestern for the university’s first ever intercollegiate hackathon, Wildhacks, on Saturday, November 22nd. The event was hosted by student groups EPIC and HackNorthwestern, and presented by Major League Hacking and Dell and went for 24 hours straight. The 87 student teams hacked around the clock to create new web, desktop, and mobile computer projects. At the end of the event, judges scored the submitted projects based on originality, technicality, design, and usefulness.
The first place winner was Northwestern’s own Michael Wang. Wang’s app “BikeSight” helps improve visibility and safety using hand gestures via a Myo arm band. The second place team of Nathan Yeazel, Daniel Rasmuson, and Alex Kowalczuk was also from Northwestern. Their program “Regex Adventures” was designed to teach the user computer language via an online interactive game. Marty Kausas of Purdue came in third with “WaveWatcher,” a Pebble watchface that displays information about the tides at local beaches.
Thanks go out to everyone who helped to make this event such a success!