On March 26, the University Hack team UK (Chris Heilmann, Steve Marshall, and Ian Pouncey) went to Dundee, Scotland, to crown the winners of this year's Uni Hack Challenge.
In contrast to the 24-hour hack events we do in the United States, the Dundee hack is part of the students' course deliveries. It will be marked by the professors as much as honoured by us. This makes it easier for us as we do an introductory session, some feedback sessions, and then go up to pick the winners. It also means that students are asked to work together in groups rather than do a 24-hour, one-man-army marathon.
The yield of hacks this year was pretty impressive. What stood out especially for us was the range they covered:
- A system that automatically closes all your browsing tabs and replaces them with the Yahoo! homepage when someone opens the door
- Software that allows you to use an android phone as a game controller
- A visualization of all the APIs and their overlap in usage on programmableweb.com