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Art-themed, 36-hour hackathon will draw hundreds of students to Vanderbilt Nov. 1-3

Oct. 24, 2019—In a twist that turns hacking into art, VandyHacks VI will engage more than 550 students from Vanderbilt and Southern and Midwest schools in its hackathon—a 36-hour invention marathon—beginning Friday evening on Nov. 1 and ending Sunday, Nov. 3. Hacking in this context brings together creative thinkers, programmers, designers, builders and more for an intense...

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Robby Perry, BE’19, packed his four Vanderbilt years with experiences

May. 30, 2019—Once a week since his first year at Vanderbilt, Robby Perry’s alarm clock went off at 4 a.m. so he could show up to work the 4:30 to 7 a.m. breakfast shift at the Nashville Rescue Mission. Perry, a mechanical engineering and economics double major, said his college experience was shaped profoundly by this service...

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Hundreds of students produce tech marvels at VandyHacks IV

Oct. 23, 2017—From a digital walking stick that uses sound and vibrations to a cyber security program dubbed Magnifirewall, from a better bank bot to interactive games, the projects at VandyHacks IV ranged from practical to whimsical to horrifying. The horror was intentional as several teams produced shiver-inducing programs for popular virtual reality and gaming platforms. Seventy...

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VandyHacks draws 450 from across country for 36-hour invention marathon

Nov. 17, 2016—The hundreds of students beckoning passers-by to listen to invention pitches Sunday didn’t look as tired as one might have predicted. After all, they’d survived 36 hours of the VandyHacks invention marathon, teaming up to produce new apps, devices and other tech in a weekend. They grabbed naps on the floor of a quiet room...

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Nearly 300 college students team up for weekend of hacking Oct. 2-4 at Vanderbilt

Oct. 1, 2015—Nearly 300 college students from Vanderbilt and Purdue universities, the Atlanta area and North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park will work around the clock during VandyHacks, a hackathon, or invention marathon, beginning Friday evening on Oct. 2 and ending Sunday, Oct. 4. Students registered to participate in the private event and registration is now closed. Meant...

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EE grad’s cyborg glove wins Y Combinator’s first-ever hardware hackathon in Silicon Valley

Apr. 8, 2013—While the hackathon trend may be aging, Y Combinator – a well-known Silicon Valley incubator – freshened the concept by hosting a 12-hour “hardware” hackathon in late February at its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Jack Minardi, a 2012 electrical engineering graduate, led a six-person team to victory in under 10 hours with a prototype...

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