Two hundred students participated in the UI Hackathon event in October 2018.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Lesanne B. Fliehler

Three Tippie teams walked away with “hacking” awards at this year’s UI Hackathon, held over the October 6-7 weekend.

UI Hackathon is a two-day, nonstop invention competition sponsored by Major League Hacking and is for any U.S. university student who wants to use technology. Technology company mentors were available to support the teams—both beginners and expert. Students worked from Saturday morning until Sunday night to successfully develop their projects or “hacks.”

2nd Place Award by 3M: Anqi Guo (business analytics/accounting), Shangguan Wang (business analytics), Yi Wang (business analytics/finance), Stefan Wang (computer science/math)—project created an interactive website to analyze immigrants’ contribution to economic vitality and demographic dynamism in the United States. The team used R, Tableau, and Twitter API software.

4th Place Award: Peter Jefferson (business analytics/finance), Dustin McMains (business analytics/management); project to determine if there is a correlation between U.S. state’s funding of public education system and higher or lower crime rates.

.Tech Domain Award: Qingyang Li (finance/business analytics), Kaiwen Huang, Gong Chen (business analytics/finance); hacked two public APIs from two different platforms (Google Cloud and HERE). Using Google Cloud, the team tested the accuracy of OCR; in HERE, they pulled real-time data from HERE maps to build their own dynamic map service.

Sponsored in part by the Department of Business Analytics, the UI Hackathon also partners with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center to advise students who may be interested in commercializing their projects.