Students from all over the world take part in a digital model of HackPSU | Penn State University

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t cease 644 college students from all over the world from taking part in a digital model of HackPSU. The 48-hour hackathon was held solely on-line for 45 groups of scholars, some as shut as University Park and others so far as West Bengal, India. The college students had been required to finish a number of challenges over the course of the weekend to compete for prizes and the chance to bolster their coding expertise.

Students additionally had the chance to compete in sponsor challenges, alongside the bigger competitors. One of the successful groups of a sponsor problem competed within the Nittany AI Mini Challenge, facilitated by the Nittany AI Alliance — a service of Penn State Outreach — the place they had been charged with creating an answer utilizing synthetic intelligence for good within the areas of training, atmosphere, well being and/or humanitarianism.

Kareem Jelks, a senior majoring in cybersecurity analytics and operations, and John Keeling, a sophomore majoring in laptop science — each within the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State — created Vigilant, an app designed to offer the person with predictive analytics on intercourse crime knowledge tendencies. Jelks mentioned the objective is to lift consciousness in regards to the influence these crimes have on society at giant.

“We, as Penn State students, receive timely warnings from the University about sex crimes on campus and students should know that sex crime is an issue as early as their first semester on campus,” Jelks mentioned. “We aim to create a tool that will assist the administration at Penn State with the implementation of necessary initiatives to reduce the likelihood and impact of sex crimes on campus. Sex crimes are underreported across the nation, so we want all victims to know that their voices will be heard and that we will provide them with a platform to speak their truth.”

Jelks and Keeling are additionally competing within the 2021 Nittany AI Challenge. While they’re creating a special answer utilizing AI for Good for the bigger competitors, Jelks mentioned the abilities they realized through the Mini Challenge at HackPSU will help them.

“The technical details we explored while developing Vigilant will help us in the development of our 2021 Nittany AI Challenge project, Reach.AI, which analyzes public data in rural Pennsylvania to bridge racial and ethnic health inequity and disparity,” Jelks mentioned. “Our team has worked together on many projects before, and our organizational skills have translated well.”

HackPSU is Penn State’s largest student-run hackathon and attracts individuals with all talent ranges to create change by growing expertise to resolve real-world issues. Students 18 years of age or older from any college had been invited to enter the free occasion. Anastasia Vopelius, co-executive director of HackPSU, is a junior majoring in knowledge science within the College of Engineering at Penn State. She mentioned she is most happy with the extent of engagement college students had been in a position to have through the digital occasion.

“There are inevitably a lot of challenges with trying to keep participants engaged in a virtual setting, but our workshops and entertainment events saw a lot of engagement and that’s really what it is all about,” Vopelius mentioned. “In addition, we had a large number of beginner hackers and hackers with no experience, so it was really great to see them being active and displaying interest in hackathons and the tech world.”

Three scholar groups had been chosen as the general winners of HackPSU:

  • First place went to Styra, a group from Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in New Delhi, India, that created an app to assist customers enhance private productiveness on-line.
  • Second place went to Tutrolink, a group from Penn State and Northeastern University in Boston, that created an app that may permit instructing assistants to create an area that has on-line ready rooms that they will management.
  • Third place went to Bump AI, a group from Mizoram University, in Aizawl, India, that created an automatic pace controlling system that enables drivers to decelerate through monitoring their pace and elevating visible pace bumps out of the bottom if they’re driving over the restrict of the realm.

HackPSU was a part of Penn State Startup Week. Along with the Nittany AI Alliance, different collaborators embody the Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences; College of Engineering: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Smeal College of Business: Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship; College of Information Sciences and Technology; Lion Launchpad: Special Living Option; Happy Valley Communications and EchoAR.

For extra details about the Nittany AI Challenge, go to the Nittany AI Alliance.

Visit HackPSU for extra particulars in regards to the hack and plans for the autumn 2021 occasion.

Startup Week is an Invent Penn State initiative.

  • Kareem Jelks is competing within the Nittany AI Challenge and is a part of a group that gained the Nittany AI Mini Challenge throughout HackPSU. 

  • John Keeling

    John Keeling is competing within the Nittany AI Challenge and is a part of a group that gained the Nittany AI Mini Challenge throughout HackPSU. 

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