2014 Hackathon Draws Over 70 to Compete in 24-Hour Event

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Organizes 2014 Hackathon

Front: visiting student Nick Sargente, Gradfly Software engineering Bojan Percevic, Nate Burgers (seated), GradFly CTO Joe Peacock, and UB student Joel Little; Back: Pat Jameson, Facebook software engineer Tom Occhino, and Nick DiRienzo.

Published April 21, 2014

About 70 college students descended on Davis Hall over the weekend of April 5-6, to compete in UB Hacking 2014, a 24-hour competition to see who could complete the best hacks.

Developers, entrepreneurs and designers joined forces to create projects that were judged on their technical difficulty, polish, creativity and usefulness.

First place went to Redtooth, created by Nathan Burgers. The hack is an iPhone/iPad app that combines the computing power of Bluetooth-enabled devices in a room into one “virtual” computer. The prize - $1,000 and two TimBuk2 backpacks.

The hackathon was organized by UB’s chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. Sponsors included Gradfly and Bloomberg, as well as Synacor, InfoTech Niagara, Facebook, Softrek Corp., Advance 2000 and UB’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Nick DiRienzo, Pat Jameson and Isaac Reath, all UB computer science and engineering students, coordinated the event.

Evan Slimak and Ronnie Bar-Kochba developed Monorail Madness, a game where players can follow the Monorail Cat on his epic journey to the end of the line.