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Media Advisory: Hundreds of College Students to Gather at Johns Hopkins for Weekend of HopHacks

Sept. 12, 2017
CONTACT: Arthur Hirsch
Office: 443-997-9909
Cell: 443-462-8702
ahirsch6@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps

WHAT: More than 300 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 and begin a 36-hour effort.

Grand prize, runner-up, and third place receive cash prizes up to $1,024, and sponsors have the opportunity to judge and offer their own prizes.

Last semester, HopHacks projects included an app designed to help the user remember information by associating the material with a visual image of a place. Other teams created an app that can be used to reveal webs of association among people using a database of news stories, and a tool designed to spot emerging cybersecurity threats.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 through 2:45 p.m. Sunday Sept. 17. NOTE: Best media times would be 8-10 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 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.

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, Imprivata, Siemens Healthineers, Booz Allen Hamilton, Facebook, Accenture, Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, Capital One, Google, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Deloitte, JP Morgan Chase & Co. Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures and Google.

Members of the media who expect to cover this event should RSVP to Arthur Hirsch at 443-997-9909 or ahirsch6@jhu.edu

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