NYIT Hosts 24-Hour Hackathon

On Memorial Day weekend, the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) hosted a 24-hour hackathon that welcomed nearly 200 high school students from around the Northeast and beyond.

The event was organized by TeenHacks LI, a nonprofit founded by entrepreneurial students Wesley Pergament and Jeffrey Yu of Jericho and Roslyn high schools, respectively.

The hackathon challenged participants to work together in teams and develop solutions for problems they identified using a variety of software and hardware tools.

Projects developed during the hackathon included an app that facilitated group meals, another that streamlined charitable giving, a website that raised awareness of homeless youth, a smart wheelchair prototype, and a spell-casting video game that incorporated real-time hand movements using a Leap Motion sensor device. Prizes ranged from Bose wireless speakers to laptop cases and Bluetooth keyboards to $500 scholarships to New York Institute of Technology.

To read more about the hackathon, click here.

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