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Media Advisory: Hundreds of College Students to Convene at JHU for Weekend of HopHacks

Feb. 14, 2017
CONTACT: Arthur Hirsch
Office: 443-997-9909
Cell: 443-462-8702
ahirsch6@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps

WHAT: Graduate and undergraduate students from around the country will gather at Johns Hopkins University for the latest HopHacks, a marathon session challenging students to realize their best software and hardware ideas and compete for cash and other sponsored prizes. The students will convene Friday evening, split into teams of up to four people and begin a 36-hour effort.

Last semester, HopHacks projects included a real-time conversational translator, a coding tutorial that programmed a remote-control car, and a telemedicine device used to screen for retinal diseases. The students who created the telemedicine device later launched a startup company with the help of a Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures student entrepreneurship program.

Grand prize, runner-up, and third place receive cash prizes up to $1,024, and sponsors – including Bloomberg, Google, Capital One, Accenture, and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory — have the opportunity to offer and judge for their own prizes.

Hosted by the Johns Hopkins Department of Computer Science, this installment of the biannual HopHacks event kicks off National Engineers Week on campus. The event features workshops, tours, guest speakers and networking sessions covering job-hunting, starting a company, engineering in transportation and a glimpse at Google’s technological capabilities.`

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 through 2:45 p.m. Sunday Feb. 19. NOTE: Best times would be 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, when projects will be displayed and awards will be presented. A link to the full schedule of events can be found here.

WHERE: Hodson Hall, Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles Street. A link to a campus map can be found here.

WHO: More than 300 graduate and undergraduate students from around the country have registered to take part. The event will begin with a keynote address on Friday evening by Eric Conn, a Johns Hopkins alumnus who is co-founder and CEO of Leverege. The tech company offers an Internet of Things platform powered by big data, machine learning, and predictive analytics.

WHY: The HopHacks mission is to provide a collaborative environment where students can learn by creating something they have always dreamed about creating.

Sponsors are: Bloomberg, Capital One, Google, Accenture, Semester.ly, the Technology Innovation Center, Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins Alumni Association and Technology Ventures.


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