Success at Hackathon
Three Northwood students participated in the 10th annual AngelHack Global Hackathon competition held in Los Angeles on May 13 and 14.
Junior Matthew Tang and seniors Thomas Lai and Karene Kwok participated in the 36-hour long competition with a project they called Lumisense, a phone app which aimed to mitigate the discrepancy between the true color of an object and how it appeared in pictures or different computer screens.
The competition offered the grand prize of an opportunity to participate in the Hackcelerator, which connects hackers to experienced entrepreneurs in order to become more versatile and receive better funding. The team of Northwood students earned $200 in Amazon Web Services credits.
The students said that participating in this type of event taught them new skills and important lessons.
“I learned a lot through my experiences here, both in terms of teamwork and technical skills,” Lai said. “My favorite part of the hackathon was that they gave us freedom to create whatever we wanted instead of constraining us to a given set of criteria.”
The competition aimed to help coders gain more experience and confidence in their ability to code. It was held in over 100 cities around the world. Participants were required to demo their product for 30 seconds and were judged based on the impact of their product, the originality of their idea, and their product’s potential for a good business model.
After participating in this event, Tang says he looks forward to going to more hackathons and further developing his skills.
“Although we didn’t win anything big, it was still a great experience,” Tang said. “I got to meet other programmers and see the apps they created, and my coding skills have improved through this project. I would definitely attend more hackathons in the future.”
AngelHack encourages everyone, from junior developers and coders looking to develop their skills to serious entrepreneurs, to participate in the hackathons. The next competition in California will be held over the summer in Silicon Valley from July 29-30.