Union students place second at HackRPI

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Four Union students were second place at “HackRPI” this year.

The hackathon-style competition has teams working over 24 hours to create different web products, including mobile apps, video games and websites. The Union team was runners up in the “Web” category. The competition had about 500 participants from about 60 colleges nationwide, including Purdue University, Columbia University and Penn State University.

The team of students included: Akshay Kashyap ’18, a computer science major; Joshua Chin ’18, computer science; Richard Ward ’18, computer science and economics; and Matthew Goff ’17, computer engineering.

The students built a web-app for listing and discovery of events on college campuses. The program allowed students and faculty to enter data on campus events, and it would then build a map, showing the events with a name and description. Even though the web-app was built for HackRPI, the students will continue developing it for use at Union.