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Hack for Humanity, March 2017



Our 4th hackathon, Hack for Humanity 2017 was an amazing event!
105 students started Saturday morning
65 students finished Sunday morning
14 projects were submitted!

Congrats to all the participants! Great job everybody!!

Special congrats to the winners!
1st: Symtome: Quintin Wilde, Glen Chandler, Dante Dalla Gasperina, Alex Seto
2nd: Trees GO: Eugene Chiang, Ankita Upadhyay, Yueqi Su, Guoze (Zack) Zhuang, Sneha Ramesh
3rd: Helping Hands: Aram Nazarian, Andrew Michelmore, and Alton Chau, Jimmy Patel, Nick Rinaldi, Fred Freyzi

Thanks to our ACM and ACM-W chapters for an awesome and well-organized event!
ACM: Alex Choulos, Taylor Mau, Kevin Qian, Thomas Chung, Thomas Nguyen, Julian Callin, Paul Ahrens, Angela Shao
ACM-W: Muna Sinada, Malika Mission, Lauryn Gayhardt, Isabela Figueira, Neesha Godbole, Angelina Poole, Story DeWeese, Christina Farran

Thanks to the mentors:
Blake Tsuzaki (CSE/EE 17)
Gus Beyer (CSE 16)
Erik Chang (CSE 16)

Thanks to the pitch speakers:
Sachin Jain, SJ Mayor's Office
Daniel Lottis, IEEE SIGHT

Thanks to the judges:
Vincente Ciancio (CSE 16), Entefy
Jordan Buschman, (CSE 16) CourseHero
Aarun Chung (CSE/EE 15), Cisco

Thanks to our sponsors:
IEEE SIGHT
SCU Frugal Innovation Hub
SCU School of Engineering
SCU Computer Engineering Department
SCU Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Redbull, thanks Kellen Bryan (CSE 18)!

Hack for Humanity, February 2016



Hack for Humanity 2016 was a tremendous success!
66 students started Saturday morning
37 students finished Sunday morning
11 projects were submitted!

Congrats to all the participants! Great job everybody!!

Special congrats to the winners!
1st: BetterMe, by Nathan Kerr (CSE 18), Gurneev Sareen (CSE 18), Vishanth Iyer (CSE 18)
2nd: DropZone, by Deion Graham-Long (CSE 18), Sanjay Tamizharasu (CSE 17)
3rd: DonateMe, by Abhishek Birjepatil (MS CSE), Nathan Gaini (MS CSE)

Thanks to our partners!
VillageTech Solutions
Catholic Charities

Thanks to our ACM chapter for an awesome and well-organized event!
Robert Aldrich (CS 16)
Roshan Ramankutty (CSE 16)
Adithya Prabhakaran (CSE 16)
Alex Choulos (CSE 17)
Taylor Mau (CSE/EE 18)

Thanks to the volunteers:
Blake Tsuzaki (CSE/EE 17) and Danny Hernandez (CSE 16)

Thanks to the pitch speakers:
Gregory Kepferle, Catholic Charities
Skip Stritter, VillageTech Solutions

Thanks to the judges:
Michael Weber, IEEE SIGHT
Tracey Acosta (CSE 15), Accenture
Aarun Chung (CSE/EE 15), Cisco

Thanks to our sponsors:
Accenture
IEEE SIGHT
VillageTech Solutions
Catholic Charities
Frugal Innovation Lab
School of Engineering

On the news:
Campus Technology
BusinessWire


ACM DEV, December 2015

In December, our group presented a poster at ACM DEV, in London, England.

PARC Forum: Frugal Innovation, September 2015

Our projects were presented at the PARC Forum on Frugal Innovation. Check it out!.

Projects featured:
  • Bioe, EE, CSE: AquaSift
  • Mobile: Wakabi in Uganda
  • Latimer/EE: Cool Stove
  • Civil: Fight the Flood in Ghana

NBC Bay Area Proud, July 2015

NBC Bay Area Proud featured our lab and projects. Check it out!

Thank you all for showing up and sharing your projects:
  • Nagasushma Devarapalli
  • Pratyusha Joginipally
  • Rahul Ramachandra
  • Sharadha Ramaswamy
  • Sambhavi Raghuraman
  • Rachana Deolikar
  • Zian Huang
  • Swathi Prasad
  • Vishvesh Shah
  • Prameya Kirtikar
  • Pranay Bhandarkar
  • Xiao Xiao
  • Harshini chandrashekar
  • Jaelin McCreary

Frugal Innovation Showcase, May 2015

In May 2015, our group presented over 10 posters at the Frugal Innovation Showcase. Way to go guys! What a presence!

Congrats to all on amazing projects and posters:

  • Weihan Li and Ann Parden
  • Francis Cuenca and Amy Truong
  • Michael Brew and Bryant Larsen
  • Astha Singh, Mason Maeshiro, and Daniel Mendoza
  • Aidan Barbari, James Terry, and James Mack
  • Danny Beyers, Jasper Tan, and Brandon Young
  • Nagasushma Deverapali
  • Nagasushma Deverapali, Ajay Panda, Swathi Prasad, Shilpi Singh, Soomal Choudhary
  • Nagasushma Deverapali, Arjun Ramesh, Apurva Thomas, Angela Laar, Sowmya Chandrashekarappa, Rachana Deolikar
  • Abhishek Birjepatil and Vijay Jatti
  • Darshan Shah
  • Alex Choulos, Alex Seto, Kelly Wesley, Nathan Kerr
  • Sarek Sotelo
  • Roshan Ramankutty

3WDroid, April 2015

Congratulations to Peter Emanuel and the 3WDroid team on being a finalist at the Vodafone Wireless Competition. Way to go!!

Hack for the Homeless II, February 2015

Hack for the Homeless 2015 was a tremendous success!
70 students started Saturday morning, 40 students finished Sunday morning, and 18 apps were submitted!

Congrats to all the participants! What an awesome crowd!!

Special congrats to the winners!
1st: OpenDoor - Nathan Kerr (CSE 18), Alex Seto (EE/CSE 18), Kelly Wesley (CSE 18), and Kunal Dhillon (CS at UCSC 18)
2nd: H4H: Home for the Homeless - Venkata S K Modalavalasa (MS CSE)
3rd: DataTrac - Alex McAfee (CSE 16), Pranav Bheda (CSE 17), Arman Elahi (CSE 17), Malika Mission (CSE 17)

Thanks to CTA for an amazing partnership!
CTA's Blog

Thanks to ACM and ACM-W for an amazing event!
Robert Aldrich (CS 16), Vincente Ciancio (CSE 16), Paige Rogalski (CSE 15), Roshan Ramankutty (CSE 16), Adithya Prabhakaran (CSE 17), and Blake Tsuzaki (CSE 17)

Thanks to the pitch speakers:
Jen Padgett, CTA
Chuck Jagoda, CTA
Seth Marbin, Google
Daniel Lottis, WD

Thanks to the judges:
Jen Padgett, CTA
Michael Weber, IEEE SIGHT
Tharun Kumar, Dew Mobility
Chuck Jagoda, CTA, DST
Cheriece Williams, WD
Parth Vasavada, WD
Shweta Panditrao, CSE 14, Yahoo!
Zuhayr Elahi, MS 14, HP

Thanks to our sponsors:
Western Digital, IEEE SIGHT, Adobe, RedBull, Frugal Innovation Lab, School of Engineering

Special thanks to:
Natalie Linnell, Math/CS for all her help and support.
Allan Baez, CTA, for helping with the organization and during the event.
Alec Go, Google, for stopping by on Saturday to help the students.

On the news:
KTVU news
NY Times
Voice of America
Yahoo! Finance
Campus Technology
Business Wire
American Entrepreneurship Today
Reuters



ACM DEV, December 2014

In December, our group presented a poster at ACM DEV, in San Jose, California:


Thanks to all the students who contributed to the paper and poster:

  • Nick Fong and Darshan Shah -- StreetConnect
  • Kelsey Dedoshka, Katie Le, Kaitlin Kirasich - Youth StreetConnect
  • Apurva Thomas and Jay Sheth -- Salauno
  • Guilherme Carvalho and Arjun Ramesh -- Clinicas del Azucar
  • Kevin Nguyen and Shweta Panditrao -- HearThat?
  • Prashanthan Surendran -- Hearing Aid for Everyone
  • Sushma Devarapalli and Isabela Figueira -- poster design

GHTC, October 2014

In October, our group presented 3 papers at GHTC 2014 in San Jose, California. Great job!
  • Youth StreetConnect -- Helping Homeless Young Women,
    Silvia Figueira, Kelsey Dedoshka, Katie Le, Kaitlin Kirasich, and Deb Levine,
    IEEE GHTC - Global Humanitarian Technical Conference,
    October 2014.

  • HearThat? -- Mobile Audiometric Test,
    Silvia Figueira, Kevin Nguyen, and Shweta Panditrao,
    IEEE GHTC - Global Humanitarian Technical Conference,
    October 2014.

  • Hack for the Homeless: A Humanitarian Technology Hackathon,
    Natalie Linnell, Silvia Figueira, Neil Chintala, Lauren Falzarano, and Vincente Ciancio,
    IEEE GHTC - Global Humanitarian Technical Conference,
    October 2014.

Frugal Innovation Lab -- Open House, May 2014

In May 2014, our group presented 15 posters at the Frugal Innovation Lab Open House. Way to go guys! What a presence!

Congrats to all on amazing projects and posters:

  • Aaraadhya Narra
  • Kelsey Dedoshka, Katie Le, Kaitlin Kiracish
  • Kevin Nguyen and Shweta Panditrao
  • Melissa Bica and Lizzy Donahue
  • Daniel Marks and Sean Kinzer
  • Anthony Clemetson
  • Nicholas Fong
  • Aidan Barbari, James Terry, Thomas Martin, Bryant Larsen, Jimmy Mack
  • Astha Singh
  • Rashmi Nagaraju and Jonathan Ahumada
  • Rohit Kalindini, Anusha Kasum, Urja Patel, Jay Sheth
  • Prashanthan Surendran
  • Nishant Bisen
  • Guilherme Carvalho and Tian Zhang
  • Vincente Ciancio, Lauren Falzarano, and the Hack for the Homeless winners

Empowering the underserved, one app @ a time... April 2014

In April 2014, we offered the 1st Social Innovation Workshop at The Tech Museum of Innovation for high school students.
Thanks to MS students Anusha Kusam, Jay Sheth, Rohit Kalindini, and Urja Patel, for developing the coolest educational apps.
Thanks to our CTA collaborators, Allan Baez and Marianna Moles. You guys are awesome!!

More information on these sites:

Hack for the Homeless, February 2014

Our first Hackathon was a great success!
Thanks to our ACM and ACM-W chapters for organizing it, particulalry Vincente Ciancio and Lauren Falzarano. You guys rock!!
Thanks to Natalie Linnell, SCU Math/SCU, Elizabeth Sweeny, SCU Frugal Innovation Lab, and Allan Baez, CTA, for helping with logistics.
Thanks to our sponsors! Congratulations to all the participants!! Special congratulations to the winners!!
We plan to do it all over again next year!

More information on these sites:


StreetConnect

StreetConnect is a tool to enable service providers to send announcements to homeless people. It has been deployed at CTA, and is not available at the CTA's site.

This project was a collaboration with Prof. Natalie Linnell, SCU Math/CS, Allan Baez, CTA, and Nicholas Fong, SCU Computer Engineering, who developed and deployed the tool.

This is how it all started: CTA blog.