HISTORY

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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!

2020 - College Lifestyle

FIRST PLACE

Napkn

2020 first place

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.

SECOND PLACE

Penley

2020 second place

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.

THIRD PLACE

Retro Switch

2020 third place

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.

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2019 - Travel Upgrade

FIRST PLACE

Pop 'n Lock

2019 first place

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.

SECOND PLACE

Braille Translator

2019 second place

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.

THIRD PLACE

3feet

2019 third place

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.

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2018 - Home Automation

FIRST PLACE

ASL Recognition Platform

2018 first place

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.

SECOND PLACE

Less Stress Dress

2018 second place

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.

THIRD PLACE

Safe Stove

2018 third place

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.

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2017 - Sports Technology

FIRST PLACE

Light-Up Frisbee

2017 first place

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.

SECOND PLACE

Rundora

2017 second place

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.

THIRD PLACE

Spiro

2017 third place

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.

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