Rutgers Hosts HackRU April 12 & 13

Nearly 600 tech enthusiasts from across the country cram into the Louis Brown Athletic Center on Livingston campus for Rutgers’ largest hackathon event, HackRU. Photo: Tyler Gold, Daily Targum

Rutgers hosted its fifth HackRU, which is the University’s largest hackathon event. It features tech designers, computer junkies and app developers dedicating 24 hours to creating a wholly new project, such as Party Photobot, which tracks and photographs partygoers. This semester’s incarnation was a milestone before it even began. It was held in the Louis Brown Athletic Center on Livingston campus — a venue that dwarfed the various student centers where HackRU has been held in in the past. Nearly 600 tech enthusiasts — including students from universities around the country — attended, said Amy Chen, a HackRU organizer. More than 350 Rutgers students worked or volunteered on various projects. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cornell University and the University of Maryland were also large contributors, with about 60 students between them in attendance. In total, teams of one to four people made 82 hacks, said Chen, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. The organization also received assistance from 66 mentors and 42 volunteers. HackRU had a large team of judges who chose the top-ten projects and gave awards to the top three.

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