Purdue Hackers off to a strong start

11-06-2013

Purdue Hackers

(From left) Michael Clayton, Niraj Venkat and Sam Dickson, members of team Deal Radar, show off their prizes.


In September, Purdue Hackers sent 72 Purdue students to MHacks to compete in the largest collegiate hackathon in the world.

The students spent 36 hours programming, learning new skills and listening to tech talks.

Several teams from Purdue won awards for their hacks. Most winners and members of Purdue Hackers are Computer Science majors.

  • Mu Meter – Van Wittekind, Mu Meter is an IOS application to measure the coefficient of friction of a surface using only an iPhone. Wittekind won an iPad mini.
  • Deal Radar – Sam Dickson, Niraj Venkat and Michael Clayton, Deal Radar is a mobile application designed to let companies broadcast deals to anyone who comes in range of their Wi-Fi. They won $500 for the Algorithm Efficiency/Speed and Implementation prize as well as a 4 Mindwaves for creating the Best Financial App.
  • Jarvis – Scott Opell and Rick Button, Jarvis is a personal assistant capable of processing auditory commands relating to a host of different subjects and responding with pertinent information. They won the Sendgrid API prize garnering them each a Leap Motion.

Formed as an official club at Purdue in August, Purdue Hackers strives to provide a community for playful and clever students to explore the limits of their abilities by constantly pushing themselves to do more.

Purdue Hackers hosts several events a month to teach programming techniques and allow for collaboration among its members. Purdue Hackers is strongly involved in Boilermake, a hackathon that will take place at Purdue in the spring.

Purdue Hackers

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