College Park, MD—Altamira Technologies sponsored this year’s Technica hackathon event at the University of Maryland. As the nation’s largest all-women hackathon, Technica supports gender diversification within STEM fields and works to strengthen connections between students and the tech industry. The event brought together over 1,000 students—from elementary school through college—along with a range of sponsors and mentors who supported the participants throughout the 24 hours across multiple technical challenges.
During the event women of all skill levels formed teams to develop and advance innovative hacks. Themes of machine learning emerged across a range of projects as participants explored solutions for home-buyers, entrepreneurs, security professionals and more. At the conclusion of the 24-hour hacking session, innovations were considered for a range of prizes, including Best Cybersecurity Hack, Best Hack for Social Good, and Best Financial Hack.
Altamira judged submissions for the Best Hardware Hack and presented the prize to the MyGraphs project, a virtual reality teaching aid. MyGraph uses virtual reality as a hands-on learning tool to help students visualize 3D graph equations. While designed to support the instruction of calculus, the developer foresees using the technology to teach chemistry and biology in the future.
“The projects presented at this year’s hackathon demonstrate impressive forward thinking around implementation, with many participants designing new ideas for human-machine interfaces,” said Jonathan Moneymaker, EVP & Chief Strategy Officer for Altamira. “Technica directly aligns with Altamira’s core initiative to accelerate the development of women in technology careers, and we look forward to continuing our support in 2018.”
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