For 36 hours, 479 undergraduates from around the world gathered to develop groundbreaking products from scratch. The forum was Harvard’s first collegiate hackathon, aptly named HackHarvard.The participants, who were selected from a pool of more than 3,700 applicants, came from not only top universities across the United States (including nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale), but seven countries as well.At the Nov. 13-15 competition, teams vied for prizes that totaled more than $12,500. Designated a Major League Hacking hackathon, HackHarvard sponsors included Microsoft, Facebook, Capital One, Twitter, and Google.For Ajay Nathan ’18, the experience was rewarding because it allowed him to travel “from idea formation to completion in a short amount of time.” Nathan competed on a winning team with three other Harvard undergraduates.Some competitors found it valuable to work with teams from different universities, a unique aspect of the Harvard-based event. HackHarvard also distinguished itself from other hackathons at peer universities by allowing students to compete in multidisciplinary categories, including international development, government, and finance.Cameron Akker ’18, one of the organizers, noted that the diversity of participants reflected the diversity of these categories: Hackers ranged from freshmen still in their first computer science class to seniors with years of experience. By working with people passionate about fields other than pure computer science, hackers were able to apply technology to real-life problems in hospitals, banks, and government.According to Akker, the main takeaway was not only coding, but also creating a community and experiencing “something greater that just makes you hungry for more” in the world of multidisciplinary technology.Thirteen winning teams emerged from the scrum. Nathan’s group created an app, Prophit, that can make recommendations to customers about stores they might like to try based on their banking history, like “Netflix makes recommendations about movies you would like to watch.” The education category winner, Insight, used a virtual-reality viewer to simulate different types of vision, including color blindness. During the two-hour project fair on Nov. 15, the Insight team unintentionally helped someone discover that they were color-blind when they realized that the “normal” and “simulated” views looked the same.The grand prize winner, Myo Explorer, showcased a robot explorer that can be manipulated by a gesture-controlled armband and streamed video footage in order to record its journey.Kevin Leung of Rutgers University, a firefighter and EMT of six years, said that he and his teammates built their app, FireFighter_Monitoring, to combine his passions of technology and first response. The app, which won grand prize runner-up, uses a smart watch to send firefighter vitals to the chief, who can then send an evacuation signal to firefighters in danger.“Firefighters are so focused on getting their task[s] done and rescuing victims that they sometimes do not remember to check their own well-being … [FireFighter_Monitoring helps] officers on the outside know how their crews are doing on the inside,” Leung said. In future implementations, his team hopes to integrate firefighter position tracking, which would enable rescue missions that could potentially save the lives of many first responders.Waverley He ’18 was one of the organizers of HackHarvard.
Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down John · 238 weeks ago Is the son going to be charged. I would think its a no brainer to charge the attacker Report Reply 0 replies · active 238 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down Austin · 237 weeks ago I have not even made a police report and most of that statement is a lie, Report Reply 2 replies · active 237 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down john · 237 weeks ago If your Austin as in the son who beat your father to the point he had to use a knife to stop you. Your word don’t carry much credibility and there are other police reports on the issue to support not charging your dad so I’m saying you should be charged with at the least domestic battery Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Always 2 sides · 237 weeks ago So so sad! Don’t be so quick to judge no one will ever know exactly what happened you weren’t there! There was alcohol involved and what’s sad is this boy was injured bad enough they had to open his chest! Report Reply +6 Vote up Vote down notlla · 237 weeks ago What happened to domestic valance Some one has to be charged.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 237 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down turkeyleg jones · 237 weeks ago Sad that the father had to spend time in jail while the DA looked into the incident. The man shouldn’t of been charged let alone been thrown in jail until all the facts were known. The father should get a lawyer and sue the city and county. Report Reply 0 replies · active 237 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer will not be charging Jason Schoemann, 44, of Wellington in what was initially called a stabbing of his son at his home early Sunday morning.Jason SchoemannSchoemann was released from Sumner County jail this afternoon and is absolved of any wrongdoing or court obligations. He was originally held in custody on suspicion of aggravated battery against his 22-year-old son Austin, but in a memo addressed to the District Court Clerk, Sumner County Sheriffâ€™s Office and the Wellington Police Department, Spencer stated:â€œNotice is hearby given that after reviewing the original police report and a supplemental report from (Wellington Police) Detective (Bobby) Wilson, I have determined that Jason Schoemann was acting in reasonable self-defense under the circumstances. He was enduring a physical attack from another individual (his son Austin Schoemann) and Jason was not the initial aggressor in the situation. It appears at the time that it was reasonable for him to use a weapon to defend himself and that he quit using force when force was no longer necessary.â€In an interview in his office this afternoon, Spencer said that Austin had been staying temporarily at Jason and his mother Jenniferâ€™s home.Spencer said Jason and Jennifer were talking in another room when Austin overheard the conversation about him.â€œHe took offense to what was being said, and he burst into the room, and immediately started hitting Jason,â€ Spencer said. â€œHe had hit him with his fist two or three times and from all indications appeared as if he was not going to stop.â€Spencer said Jason grabbed a three-inch blade knife that was in his bedroom he had for self defense and sliced Austin. The knife slice glanced initially off the shoulder of Austin and into his chest and by his heart which resulted in him being sent to Via Christi-Saint Francis in Wichita.â€œJennifer described it as a slice instead of a stabbing,â€ Spencer said.Spencer said that both Jason and Austin appeared to have been drinking at the time of the incident.He would not elaborate on what the dispute was about, but it had been ongoing dispute that eventually resulted in fisticuffs.â€œIt seemed to be a dispute that shouldnâ€™t have warranted this kind of reaction,â€ Spencer said. â€œIf either person was sober, Iâ€™m sure it wouldnâ€™t have happened.â€ The Wellington Police were called to the S. Washington residence at 3:18 a.m. Sunday morning and learned that two adult males â€“ 43 and 22 years old and identified as a father and son â€“ were involved in a physical altercation where the son was stabbed in the upper chest, according to initial reports.Â Wellington EMS transported the Austin Schoemann from the scene and subsequently to Wichita for treatment. The 43-year-old male was transported and treated at SRMC and subsequently booked into Sumner County jail on the suspicion of aggravated and domestic battery.Follow us on Twitter.