Hackathon 2018 a success!Posted: August 7, 2018
Last weekend, 4 – 5 August, we held our annual Hackathon.
Students arrived at 9 am and settled in to design, develop and showcase a mobile app.
Working in groups, our students hacked away for 30 hours. Some went home for a quick nap and shower, some rested on beanbags, others grew massive wings from copious amounts of Red Bull.
We had IT Architects on hand, to provide guidance and help with any curly questions. And food, of course, to keep their brains fuelled.
By Sunday afternoon, our student groups had come up with some stellar ideas with options that could be implemented into the Griffith University app or future app design, and showcased these to the crowd.
Our winners were the GPAMATE team: Codie Little, Rusty Blewitt, Ryan Taylor and Shayne Poole.
The GPAMATE team began as two separate groups, but when some members didn’t show they combined their forces together to create a power group.
Their app idea was based on eliminating the anxiety that comes with uncertainty over subject grades, while giving students a direction with goals to be achieved.
The app they developed allows students to monitor their GPA throughout the trimester in two key ways:
- 1. Entering results from assessments will update a student’s GPA score in real time.
- 2. Based on the weight of an assessment item within a course, the app will predict the marks a student needs in order to maintain a certain GPA score.
The consensus around the room proved this idea is much needed and desired by the students. Who else loves this app idea and can’t wait to use it?
Second place went to Group #5: Samuel Bruhn, Joshua Nicholl, Carl Humphries and Harrison Croakes. Best User Interface (UI) went to Group #1 – Uni Connect: Hannah Bryce, Michelle Beattie and Zihao Huang.
Head to our Library Facebook album for more photos from the event.
We’d like to thank our sponsors Red Bull, Microsoft, Grove Juice and Home Fresh Organics, for helping keep our students fed, hydrated, awake and engaged during the event!