Illinois Tech Students win First and Fourth place in Hackathons


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Two teams from Illinois Tech participated in VandyHack and DemonHack Hackathons. Congratulations to Zeshan Sayed (ITM), Ahmed Sayed (CS), Akshatha Kadri (CS), and Abhishek Kumer (CS) participated in the VandyHack at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Their Project, called Intellectual Credit Repository ICR, won overall 4thplace among 71 teams.

(Picture Description - Several Illinois Tech participated in VandyHacks at Vanderbilt University. Congratulations to the fourth place team (of 77) which consists of Ahmed Sayed (CS) (3rd from Left), Zeshan Sayed (ITM) (4th from Left), Akshatha Kadri (CS) (5th from Left), and Abhishek Kumar (CS) (7th from Left).)

As a prize, they each received their very own Raspberry Pi 3. The team also won 1st place for best use of Micro Strategy API, winning the opportunity of an on-site interview with MicroStrategy and tickets to an event in the Capital One Arena with access to MicroStrategy’s suite. The suite features unlimited food and drinks for each participant. The Intellectual Credit Repository ICR is designed to predict a bank’s decision on customer credibility for a loan, using real time FICO scores. This decreases banks response times to their customers.

(Picture Description - Illinois Tech students receive their first place award at DemonHack at DePaul University. Pictured from left to right are Poonam Johl (CS), Zeshan Sayed (ITM), Syed Hamdan Sher (CS), and Ahmed Sayed (CS))

Zeshan Sayed (ITM) and Ahmed Sayed (CS) were then joined by Syed Hamdan Sher (CS) and Poonam Johl (CS) the following week to compete in the DemonHack on October 27-29 located at DePaul University. They worked on a project called SafeTrack which allows a user using a pebble watch to send via voice command their location to dispatch services and emergency contacts when in danger.

SafeHack won 1st place in the overall hackathon and $100 per team member. The group also won 1st place for best IoT hardware hack and for best idea for Public Safety for Motorola Solutions, Inc., winning each member a 410C Dragonboard, $100, and the opportunity to present their project to Motorola Solutions, Inc. next month.