On the weekend of July 18-19, roughly 200 FIU college students from the School of Engineering & Computing and past gathered on-line to take part in PantherHacks, a model new hackathon centered on fixing COVID-19 associated issues.
Organized by the Workplace of the President and Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), this digital occasion featured talks, workshops, mentors, actions and prizes.
UPE is the biggest expertise group at FIU. UPE hosts an annual fall semester hackathon, ShellHacks, the biggest hackathon within the state of Florida. A hackathon is a weekend-long occasion the place college students come collectively to be taught the most recent applied sciences and construct modern tasks. This yr, President Mark B. Rosenberg and members of UPE met to debate a summer time hackathon, aimed toward bringing folks collectively and combating the challenges confronted by the neighborhood on account of COVID-19.
“The main focus was to search out real-world options to points introduced forth by this pandemic,” says Yasmine Abdrabo, co-director of PantherHacks alongside co-director Kevin Losada.
In groups of not more than 4, college students developed concepts that included supply providers for the homebound aged, inventory-tracking apps for frontline employees and contact-tracing packages for FIU college students and academics.
At the beginning of the weekend-long occasion, college students participated in a team-building train by way of Zoom that allowed college students with out teams to kind their very own – though some college students nonetheless selected to work alone.
Initiatives addressed challenges in 4 classes: well being, neighborhood, training and productiveness. Along with the project-development facets, PantherHacks featured workshops on net growth, design and undertaking administration, cell growth, and information analytics. College students realized issues like graphic design, the best way to construct an internet site from scratch, and the best way to pull and show information on-line. Additionally they labored on pitching their tasks.
“Within the growth world, tasks have a lifecycle,” Abdrabo says. “College students realized the best way to navigate this cycle from begin to end.”
The crew DataDogs gained first place with an online software that recognized high-risk professors on campus and aided with contact-tracing by displaying college students’ zip codes and the variety of circumstances in every zip code.
ABF gained second place with an internet site that reported data on COVID-19 generated by testing websites, FAQs, statistics and job postings for many who are unemployed as a result of virus.
The Adazas crew gained the well being class by making a cell app for frontline employees to test stock provides at their hospitals and for stock managers to replace the inventory quantities reside. This allowed for frontline employees to remain up to date on Private Protecting Gear (PPE) stock numbers, which allowed them to higher handle shortages.
Different tasks included HomBound, a cell app that facilitated the supply of groceries and different necessities to the aged, sick and different at-risk teams, and printMD, an online software that immediately linked well being care employees with PPE producers. The app helped to streamline the emergency request and achievement course of associated to PPEs.
PantherHacks was sponsored by Google Cloud and the FIU Pupil Authorities Affiliation. Prizes included a scholarship from the Workplace of the President, a parking cross, a assured school room throughout finals, and devices from each UPE and Google Cloud.
For many who missed out on PantherHacks, ShellHacks is true across the nook. Happening Sept. 25-27, there will likely be greater than 1,000 college students from across the state and the world in attendance. Like PantherHacks, ShellHacks is now fully digital.
“This will likely be one other alternative for college kids to come back collectively and create modern merchandise to unravel issues in our neighborhood. We’ve had greater than 50 sponsors attend ShellHacks in earlier years, together with tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Fb, Amazon and extra,” Abdrabo says.