William & Mary students win hackathon

Posted at 12:13 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 12:15:12-05

Williamsburg, Va. – Teams of William & Mary computer science students took both first and second place at HackU 4, a hackathon sponsored by Dominion Enterprises.

The coding and app-creation marathon was held February 4 and 5 in  Norfolk.

The theme of the hackathon was “Coding Student Life” and the winning team created an app called AstÜte that helps students form study groups.

Senior Ulises Giacoman and juniors Kelvin Abrawka, Ben Dykstra and Nathan Owen on the winning team took home $20,000 in scholarships.

Second prize went to HapU, an app created by Michelle Chen, Zhaoliang Duan, Dara Kharabi, Alton Kim and Divya Bathey. They were each rewarded with an Apple TV for their app that gives students ideas of what to do with periods of free time throughout the day.

A total of 10 teams from six universities competed in the event.

Both apps require more work and testing before they are released.