As one of the few college hackathons that provides an emphasis in hardware, we encourage interdisciplinary teams to integrate hands-on components with software applications, contrary to a traditional hackathon.
Throughout the years we’ve increased the breadth of our event, and at our last hackathon almost 300 hackers participated. Our goals are to benefit the engineering community and the community as a whole by promoting innovation in areas that matter. Featured projects include an ASL Recognition Platform, a Light-Up Frisbee, and many more! Take a look at past winners, sponsors, and themes to see where we've come from!
PRIZE: Bose Headphones
TEAM: Caleb Terrill, Fred Chu, Caitlyn Chau, Lucas Wolter, Bryan Wong
PROJECT: Napkn is a convenient and intuitive tabletop IoT table reservation device. With a simple tap of a RFID-enabled card, users can check in to a table, reserving it for a predefined duration. Once the user is finished using their reserved dining hall table, library table, etc., all it takes is another tap of their RFID card to free the table for use.
PRIZE: Echo Show 5
TEAM: Max Gong, Aidan Cookson, Calvin Chang, Daniel Truong, Krish Kabra
PROJECT: Penley makes note taking easier by transcribing your notes directly to your computer. Powered by an Arduino Nano and a TensorFlow neural network, Penley works on any surface.
PRIZE: Nimble Wireless Charging Pad
TEAM: Bradley Schulz, Aditya Mishra, Tyler Price, James Tseng
PROJECT: Designed to limit energy use and maximize convienence, the RetroSwitch is an automatic light switch upgrade. The Retroswitch combines WiFi control and intelligent motion detection to automate turning lights on and off. It is super easy to install; the Retroswitch comes in a package that can be magnetically mounted over any existing light switch.
PRIZE: Microduino mCookie Kit
TEAM: Matthew Wang, Ashvin Nagarajan, Jeff Anderson, Allison Chen, Juan Banchs
PROJECT: Our project was a Smart Lock that uses an industry standard ball-bearing lock design and arduino powered RFID sensor so that consumers can lock and unlock the lock using a BruinCard. We presented it as a improvement upon existing smart locks that are susceptible to malware.
PRIZE: Amazon Echo
TEAM: Garo Mazmanian, Tanmaya Hada, Pranav Balgi, Peter Oh, Hersh Joshi
PROJECT: The braille reader reads braille of one script, translates it, and then speaks it out in the listener's native tongue. This aims to make travel more accessible to the blind population by allowing the blind to understand braille in a different language.
PRIZE: Eraseable notebook
TEAM: Shriniket Buche, Bochi Lin, Jae Hyeong Park, Richard DeAmicis, Wei Dong
PROJECT: 3feet is a hardware and software bicycle and electric scooter protection system. The system utilizes a number of sensors on the bicycle to record when automobiles are approaching and notifies riders or city officials appropiately.
PRIZE: Monoprice 3-D printer
TEAM: Julian Mendel, Mark Nasielski, Serene Kamal, Michelle Du, Eric Sarnoff Espinosa
PROJECT: With a special glove, users can use sign language to change the color of an LED.
PRIZE: Amazon Echo
TEAM: Jimmy Byrne, Josh Ren, Anshul Aggarwal, Nina Chikanov, Allison Doami
PROJECT: Aimed at visually impaired people, this project takes current weather information around the world to choose the perfect outfit for the user.
PRIZE: Quadcopter drone
TEAM: Chris Hailey, Ishan Shah, Joel Joseph, Adithya Bellathur, Janeline Wong
PROJECT: Using ultrasonic sensors, capacitive touch and facial recognition to reduce the likelihood of cooking fires.
PRIZE: New Matter 3-D printer
TEAM: Andrew Chen, Matthew Wong, Robert Zalog, and Christine Chen (not pictured)
PROJECT: A ‘smart’ Frisbee that measures angular velocity while it is being thrown and gives feedback to the user once it is caught. Uses an Arduino that signals to the user through RGB LEDs.
PRIZE: Amazon Echo
TEAM: Tim Ling, Shuang Feng, Jingxian Xu, and Tianyu Deng
PROJECT: Device changes the tempo of the music based on the heart rate of the runner.
PRIZE: Mechanical keyboard
TEAM: Andrew Arifin, Sean Oh, Jonathan Hurwitz, and Robert Devlin
PROJECT: Spiro is a device designed to help people better manage anxiety. Using an elastic chestband to alert you to irregular breathing potentially, the paired app and smartwatch guides the user through a self-regulation breathing exercise. Using customizable colors and soft lighting, the device helps a user take a step back from their situation and just breathe.