FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Woof, a mobile app that would assist people looking for rescue dogs at locations near their home, took home top honors at the 4th annual BC Hackathon at Broward College Oct. 26-27. The team was comprised of five students from Florida International University, including Angelo Saraceno, Carlos Lahrsen, David Castaneda, Maria-Jose Ramos and Andres Valdez.
Overall, 96 students participated in the event from Broward College, Dillard High School, Florida International University, Miami-Dade College and one homeschooled student.
The students worked in teams and were tasked with developing a range of applications and software that benefit the community. Participants were judged in five categories, including: best overall, most innovative idea, best presentation, crowd favorite and code for a cause, which is awarded to a project addressing a social or civic need related to sustainability, education, public health or transportation.
Following is a list of the winning teams:
Best overall: Woof
Code for a cause: FaceDetect
Most innovative idea: Peer-to-Peer Connect
Best presentation: LOCOL
Crowd favorite: Woof
Broward College Student Life and Marketing, Cengage, CSPi Technology Solutions and Ultimate Software sponsored the BC Hackathon. It featured a number of workshops to help the students develop their projects, while technology experts were on hand to provide mentorship and guidance on the use of different programming platforms and presentation tips.
The event was hosted by the Broward College Computer Science Department and coordinated by Annie Myers, Associate Dean. As part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Pathway at Broward College, the Computer Science Department offers a wide range of associate's degrees and two bachelor's degrees in technology management and information technology.
About Broward College: Serving more than 63,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit www.broward.edu.