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Hackathon Sparks Bright Ideas and Innovation

November 19, 2012 – More than 100 students, alumni, faculty members and staff gathered at Georgetown Nov. 18-19 to design new products, processes or applications to transform how the university community lives and learns.

Students and alumni were divided into 17 teams over two days at the inaugural Hackathon event to develop new ways of  aggregating information and sharing that information across multiple platforms.

Faculty and staff mentors and advisers helped the teams during their development processes before they were judged by senior university leadership and other business leaders for their creations.

The winners, The Gents team, received $5,000 for their idea to make an online library of short video lectures available to Georgetown students. The video lectures would feed a new network – called the Healy Circle – that would allow students to discuss topics of interest, find events and connect with their favorite professors.

Members of The Gents team included Marshall Lifton (B'16), Kevin Tian (B'16), Innocent Ndubuisi-Obi (SFS'16), Robert Pongsajapan (G'09) and Samuel Schneider (C'13). 

Video presentations from the 17 teams will be posted later this month for the university community to vote on their favorite ideas.

Visit Georgetown's h.innovation website for more information.

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