Introducing the Rutgers Hackathon Club
TLDR; With the second iteration of HackRU coming up this weekend, I figured that now would be as good a time as any to talk about hacking culture at my alma mater.
Where winners are forged
There are a lot of things that Rutgers University is known for. Hosting and winning the first college football match, our recently discontinued school holiday, sandwiches with literally everything on them. But one of the things we don’t get enough recognition for is our strong hacking culture. Rutgers students have been building awesome stuff for a long time and we’ve made bettering the hackathon community a priority. In preparation for the second annual HackRU (which is coming up this weekend and you should register now if you haven’t already), here’s a brief overview of some of our hacking accomplishments at Rutgers.
A growing force
I founded the Rutgers Hackathon Club back in 2010 after I’d attended my first few events. At that point, there was a pretty strong representation in the community from the local New York universities, but I really wanted to see Rutgers emerge as one of the top contributors. We’ve since grown from 3 members to 45 and attended at least as many events together:
|Some of the hackathons we've attended|
That’s a pretty good sized list, and even if we only produced one entry per event, that would mean there are at least 40 projects we’ve hacked into existence over a span of two years. Realistically, the Rutgers hackers usually average about 3-4 projects per event, which would put that number somewhere in the hundreds.
The Sampler Platter
Of course not every project was a winner, but thanks to a combination of the Hacker League listings, some old tweets, and a few quick Google searches, I’ve managed to compile a list of some of the award winning hacks that Rutgers students have produced over the years. It’s a shame that it’s not more complete, but regardless I think you’ll find what’s here entertaining, impressive, and definitely worth a read.
- Foursquare Candidates by Ian Jennings, Hrishikesh Bakshi
- Rooster.am by Ian Jennings
- Come @ me Bro by Abe Stanway
- AdRunner by Joey Dong
- cLoudspeaker by Kaushal Parikh
- SlamWhale by Devon Peticolas, Andrew Jaeger, Bilal Quadri
- Commit Logs from Last Night by Abe Stanway
- GarageSlam by Andrew Jaeger
- Easy Mood by Jesse Huang, John Maltz, Koushik Dasika, Lara Martin
- Cheatrr by Abe Stanway
Photo Hack Day
- HoneyBadger by Abe Stanway
P.S. My name is Swift. I'm a former developer evangelist at SendGrid and one of the founders of Hacker League. I also tweet as @SwiftAlphaOne. Follow me there for more of my thoughts and maybe a laugh or two.
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