HSE Perm Students Take Home the Gold at Mega Hackathon
Mega Hackathon took place in seven cities all over Russia – Moscow, Kazan, Perm, Tomsk, Petrozavodsk, Ivanovo, and Yaroslavl. A five-person team of students from the Faculty of Business Informatics took home the top prize at the event in Perm.
Over the course of two days, the teams developed solutions using the Intel Edison board and Microsoft Azure cloud solutions. Each team received an Intel IoT Developer Kit, which included the Intel Edison board and a set of Grove Starter Kit Plus sensors.
A jury consisting of representatives from the company Prognoz, as well as other leading IT companies, evaluated the teams’ projects. The competition was intense; hackathon saw the participation of not only students from various universities, but also IT professionals who already had experience under their belts. The HSE Perm team included five students from the Business Informatics bachelor's programme: Andrei Luchkin, Anastasia Demicheva, Anton Poluyanov, Denis Pyankov, and Alexei Maltsev.
The team developed a project based on the popular game Twister, which involves players placing their hands and feet on different coloured circles without knocking each other over. The students automated the game into two modes – online and offline. In the online version, the game can be played virtually. To make things more complicated, the team added lasers that deduct points when players come in contact with one another. The Twister 2.0 project was named Mega Hackathon’s best at the event in Perm.
The team’s captain, Andrei Luchkin, had this to say about his experience:
‘All cities began at the same time. It was interesting to watch the other teams online. This was our first time at hackathon, and we weren’t at all expecting to win first place. Over the weekend, we got the table version of Twister and made a website that reflected players’ statistics. We really liked it and will definitely participate in the event again. We’re also planning to develop our project further. A huge thank you to all the event’s organisers. They worked really hard to make everything turn out so well.’
The teams that developed the most interesting projects received a cash prize from Intel and electronics from Microsoft.