By: Ashley Duvelius
UPDATE: UC’s first Hackathon, RevolutionUC, was a great success with over 150 participants from across the country working tirelessly around-the-clock to spur the best hack.
“RevolutionUC was a major success! The competition was primarily about experiential learning—making it fun to experiment with novel technologies. We achieved that goal, and all of our participants greatly enjoyed the event,” reflects event co-organizer and CEAS computer science student, Jonah Back.
First place was awarded to Matthew Corbett, Nathan Triplett, Aaron Triplett, and Anthony Vella for creating the “Campus Alert System,” a cross-platform mobile and web based application to increase the safety of UC's campus acting as, essentially, a mobile version of the blue help phones that have been around campus for years.
Second place went to Madhavun Candadai, Sameeha Jahangir, Baargav Raghavan, and Haritha Kalyanaraman for their “QuickPick” app. QuickPick is a recommender system for users to quickly pick restaurants, simply by making binary choices from a set of random food images.
Third place was awarded to Mike Perry for his “TourUC” app. The app, using a Bluetooth low energy transmitter (iBeacon) and a client application that responds to notifications from the iBeacon, receives a welcome notification when a user is in range and shows him/her an introductory video about the UC building and the departments within it. The client app also sends out a tweet to Twitter.
Congratulations to all of the RevolutionUC winners and participants!
The University of Cincinnati Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) student chapter and the College of Engineering and Applied Science are hosting UC’s first hackathon, “Revolution UC,” on April 5 and April 6, 2014.