Some of the students who took part in the Hackathon competition.
DOHA: Led by students, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) held the second edition of Hackathon competition during the weekend.
Sponsored by Vodafone, the Carnegie Apps Hackathon brought together students from across Qatar to build cool mobile applications and games that can make a difference in the way we use technology.
More than 40 students from CMU-Q, Qatar University, Al Jazeera Academy, and Newton International School took part and were mentored by Carnegie Mellon alumni and representatives from industry giants, including Vodafone, Microsoft and Williams F1.
Students also had the opportunity to network with peers and professionals.
They demonstrated their innovative technologies to a panel of judges from Microsoft and Vodafone, who selected the winning applications based on design, idea and creativity.
Prizes included BlackBerry Q10’s and iPads.
This year’s winning team for the best overall app, “V-Hack,” created “Tweetmotions” that extracts emotions from live tweets, enabling the user to characterise emotions associated with certain terms, names and brands.
“We can’t believe what we achieved in 24 hours and are excited about perfecting the application we have created. Hackathon puts the fun back into coding!” said Hira Yasin Dhamyal, a freshman in computer science at CMU-Q and a V-Hack team member.
Participants had the opportunity to better understand computer science through talks and interactive workshops on topics such as application design and entrepreneurship, which taught them how to think about solving computational problems and moving tech ideas from concept to reality.
“Yet again, CMU-Q students have delivered a great event, participants came with ideas and transformed these into a working application and demonstration in 24 hours.
“Everyone showcased excellent ideas that simplify the concept of computer programming,” said Thierry Sans, Assistant Teaching Professor at CMU-Q.
“The Hackathon not only attracts students majoring in computer science, it also appeals to students from other disciplines,” Sans said.
The competition has helped them relate to and better understand key components of solving computational problems and find appealing solutions,” Sans added.
CMU-Q students are keen to build on the success of Hackathon and encourage the wider community to get involved next year.