Students tackle ambitious inventions in 24-hour hackathon

AUSTIN, (KXAN)-- A weekend-long Hackathon brought together over 400 students from different schools and universities at the Travis County Exposition Center.

The Southwest Regional Hackathon was hosted by Major League Hacking, Dell and Windows. It kicked off Saturday shortly after noon and continued on until 4:00 p.m. Sunday when the winners were announced. This event will host students from Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico.

The teams consist of programmers, designers and makers that work to collaborate and compete with each other in an effort to build completely new technology projects using cutting edge technology.

Hackathon is a competition, but also an opportunity for students to come together during a 24-hour period to learn skills on some of the world's most advanced technologies while working alongside expert mentors who have created many of the latest trends and techniques.

The technology offered at the event includes Dell and Alienware Windows-powered laptops and desktops, Amazon Web Services cloud hosting, domain names, Oculus Rift, and Intel Edison microcontrollers.

Teams had only 24 hours to take ideas from a rough concept and turn it into an actual project that they presented at the end of the competition to a panel of judges. Judges included Global Marketing Director of Alienware at Dell, Chris Sutphen and Jeff Lindsay, aka progrium, a renowned hacker.

There were no limits on what the teams could create, which gave an opportunity for students to hone in on their creativity and self-expression.

According to their website, Major League Hacking is the official student hackathon league. Each year they organize over 200 weekend-long invention competitions.

This page will be updated once we are notified on who the winners of the competition were.  

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