KU’s inaugural hackathon, took place February 17-19, 2017 at the engineering complex. A hackathon can be thought of as an invention marathon, where students “hack” together an idea from inception to reality. The event allowed the EECS community to come together for a weekend and do what engineers love to do - make something from nothing.
The event drew students from all over the Midwest. Students with diverse backgrounds and interests came together to solder hardware, develop apps, expand on machine learning concepts, and more.
Full-time engineers also participated in the event. These engineers acted as mentors to encourage and support students as they built their projects. Several of these engineers also presented tech talks and held workshops during the event.
In addition to hacking, the event included a career fair, which gave students an opportunity to network with companies outside of the Engineering Career Fair. Students were able to showcase their passion and drive for building projects outside of the classroom.