Cookies and Code creates sweet new software


Sweet coding occurred March 1 in Lawson Computer Science Building thanks to Cookies & Code, a unique event hosted by Purdue Hackers.

Dozens of Computer Science students brought their laptops and ideas to the informal evening gathering where they worked on new software, apps and websites. Milk and Insomnia cookies fueled the young coders.

Similar events have popped up in peer institutions. The hacker vibe of sharing ideas and working on the fly can build up an appetite.

“It’s pretty relaxed,” said Ben Alderfer, a Computer Science junior and veteran Purdue Hacker. “It’s much more intimate at these type of events. You can yell across the room to someone and ask for help.”

BoilerMake is Purdue’s largest hackathon, which draws hundreds of coders from across North America. Many Computer Science students attend and organize the 36-hour competition. But with events like Cookies & Code, the students can collaborate and try new things without the pressure of hackathons, which offer cash and prizes for the best work in 24 or 36 hours.

CS freshman Dhruv Upadhyay signed out departmental equipment to assist student projects. He said programmers were mostly interested in Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets, Arduino boards, Raspberry Pi minicomputers and mono bands, wearable armbands that control movement on a computer.

Cookies & Code fit in the hacker mindset of creativity, collaboration and innovation. It also gives young coders a sense of camaraderie and support.

“Being a part of BoilerMake and Purdue Hackers is an awesome experience,” said CS freshman Shriyash Jalukar.

Cookies and Code

Students use a monoband at the Cookies & Code event.

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