A team of students and alumni from Missouri University of Science and Technology spent two days pitting their skills against programmers from across the country at the GlobalHack competition. The event was held at Union Station in St. Louis Jan. 31 through Feb. 2.
The team took second place, winning $10,000. The first place team won $50,000. Jim Eberlin, CEO of software company TopOPPS, sponsored the prize money.
“We never had plans for a second place, but Jim Eberlin was so impressed by the caliber of the competition he felt like there had to be another prize,” said GlobalHack cofounder Gabe Lozano on Techli.com.
In the “hackathon,” teams of 10 or less worked on-site to solve a real technology problem for TopOPPS, coming up with a working prototype over the course of two days. The project specifications and scope were revealed one hour before the clock started on Jan. 31.
Team members are:
- Chase Holland, a senior in computer science from Hannibal, Mo.
- Nathan Eloe, a PhD student in computer science from Xenia, Ohio
- Andrew Brown, a senior in computer science from Joplin, Mo.
- Nathan Jarus, a PhD student in computer science from Rolla
- Puja Shah, a senior in biological sciences from Ballwin, Mo.
- Wendy King, a 2010 history graduate
- James Marlowe, former S&T student
- Brett Lord-Castillo of the St. Louis County Police Department.