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ECpE students score big in HackISU

Six students from Iowa State University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) department won awards in HackISU, which took place March 23-25 at the Vermeer Applied Technology Hub in Ames, Iowa. This is the ninth hackathon put on by Iowa State University where any undergraduate student who has an interest in technology can build and share their creation over the course of a weekend. Teams demonstrate their projects to a panel of judges who determine the winners.

This year, software engineering students Christian Chiang and Bryan Fung participated in the event with their project, “Tickle My Portfolio.” This project gives real time data about a portfolio’s value. It uses IEX stock price API and CoinMarketCap Crypto API to retrieve different stocks and cryptocurrency prices. Using voice commands with Amazon Echo, users can interact with the application. Both Chiang and Fung said they plan to participate next semester because of their positive experience.

“I would encourage my friends and anyone to go there since it is really worth it,” Fung said. “You get to have a great experience, trying new things while learning new languages and having free food.”

Below are the winning ECpE students and the projects they worked on for HackISU 2018. To see a complete list, click here.

1st Place Software: Adventurer’s Conquest

Maxwell DeVos (Software Engineering freshman)

Mason Timmerman (SE freshman)

1st Place Hardware: B-Reader: The Braille Kindle

Jakub Hladik (Computer Engineering senior)

2nd Place Overall: MelodyMagic

Eric Middleton (ECpE graduate student)

3rd Place Overall: VR Body Motion Soccer

Isaac Tegeler (CE senior)

Granular – Best Use of the AWS Platform: Tickle My Portfolio

Bryan Fung (SE junior)

Christian Chiang (SE senior)

Vermeer – Best Use of AR:  SoccAR StARs

Kellen O’Connor (Electrical Engineering senior)