Jayhawks were large and in charge at the first ever Code-A-Thon hosted by the Kansas City Federal Reserve. There were 15 students – the most of any of the four area participating universities – representing KU’s technology-focused degrees at the competition. In addition, one of KU’s teams took home first-place honors. Participating EECS students were from the Lawrence and Edwards Campus and are pursuing degrees in information technology, computer science or interdisciplinary computing.
All students were challenged with developing a cause-related app within 48 hours. The winning team created ElectionIQ. The prototype app targets unregistered voters who are typically in the 18 to 24-age range. The app helped users register to vote, find their polling location and preview an election ballot with national, state and local candidates and issues.
“It was a great real-word experience for the students to ‘virtually’ work in teams, create something from scratch, learn new software and problem solve under a tight deadline,” said Annette Tetmeyer, associate professor of practice and academic program director for KU’s information technology program in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
The video link for the winning team is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib4b6R5b0oQ&feature=youtu.be