About 250 university students from Johns Hopkins and other schools such as MIT, University of Maryland and Princeton are expected to participate. Roughly half will be Johns Hopkins students. The entrants will work individually or in teams of up to four people. Each single entrant or team must come up with a proposed computer application or tool. Working through the 36-hour time limit, often without a sleeping break, the students must write computer code to turn their idea into reality.
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MEDIA ADVISORY FOR SUNDAY, SEPT. 7: During ‘HopHacks’ at Johns Hopkins, College Students Must Program Under Pressure
In this competition involving freshman engineers’ inventions, batteries are NOT required – or even allowed. For a class assignment, 67 students from an introductory mechanical engineering course have built aerial vehicles that must move across elevated cables and drop a “payload” onto a bull’s-eye target five feet below. The challenge: these cable cars can possess no motors or batteries. All movement must come from mousetraps and rubber bands.
For devising a disposable suturing tool to guide the placement of stitches and guard against the accidental puncture of internal organs, an undergraduate biomedical engineering team from Johns Hopkins won the $12,500 first-prize Tuesday in the 2012 Collegiate Inventors Competition.