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HopHacks participants are "people who make a difference"

Students from Hopkins and elsewhere tackle 36-hour engineering challenge
Posted February 23, 2017
  • Keynote speaker, alumnus, and former faculty member Eric Conn shares his industry insight with students.

  • Students from all over the country congregated in Hodson Hall for the weekend.

  • Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures and the Alumni Association, among others, provided support for the semiannual event.

  • Broken into four-person teams, students worked late into the night developing their projects.

What happens when you mix 320 students, dozens of pizzas, several gallons of coffee, and 36 hours to imagine? HopHacks, a semiannual two-day hackathon designed to help students bring their best ideas to fruition.

Sponsored by Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures and the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association among others, the event kicked off National Engineers Week on the Homewood campus. Attendees heard from Hopkins alumnus and former faculty member Eric Conn, CEO of Leverage, a Baltimore startup that helps companies manage large groups of internet-connected devices, and an active member of Baltimore Angels, a local angel investing group.

A University of Maryland team took first prize for developing an app that helps users remember information by tying it to a physical location through virtual reality and speech recognition tools. Hopkins students took second and third place with an app that uses a database of news stories to reveal connections between people and a tool that helps spot cybersecurity threats, respectively. 

This year's HopHacks lineup impressed Tech Ventures Mentor-in-Residence and alumnus Dan Roche with the number of strong projects that emerged. "Those are the kind of people who make a difference," Roche says. 

Read more about HopHacks on The Hub.