Posted on February 13, 2016

This year’s CarnegieApps Hackathon saw record participation, with 20 teams competing in the 24-hour regional programming competition held at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q).

Organized by CarnegieApps, a student-led club, and sponsored by Ooredoo, the Hackathon required participants to work around the clock to develop software for an innovative game, mobile application or web application. The best overall app prize went to CMU-Q team The Walking Coders, which included Rachel Marella, Sungho Park, Eishaank Gakhar and Shaden Shaar. The team created an application that searches through video content using keywords, directing users to the exact mention in the video.

Talking about the event Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari, Director of Community and Public Relations said: “The students all showed impressive dedication and problem-solving capabilities, and I think the winning team had a great idea. Competitions such as the Hackathon prepare students for real-life scenarios in the working world where they will be expected to solve a problem in a short amount of time, and create something new from scratch.” As well as supporting the event, Ooredoo’s Assistant Director in the Programme Management Office - Munera Fahad Al Dosari, represented the company on the judges' panel, announced the awards, and delivered the closing remarks. 

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The best rookie team award was awarded to CMU-Q Team Hack4: Deeksha Singh, Dhrishika Megchiani,Sabrina Akhter and Shobiitaa Krishna. Team Whatever from Qatar University received the award for best design: Azharul Islam, Naheel Kamal, Ahammed and Waseem Palliyali. The best technical challenge award was won by Team Three and a Half Men from CMU-Q: Mohammed Fituri, Yasser El-Sayed, Musab Popatia and Ahmed Shah.

The winning team’s Rachel Marella, an information systems freshman, said, “Hackathon encourages collaboration across all programs and allows us to bring our expertise and apply it to real-world situations. As my first Hackathon, the rewards and experience has been invaluable.” In addition to Ooredoo’s Al Dosari, the competition was judged by Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon, founder of I Love Qatar and chief executive officer of Haroon United Group, Ahmed Elmagarmid, executive director of Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), Indica Amarasinghe, head of the Digital Incubation Centre, and Francisco Guzman, a QCRI computer scientist.

CarnegieApps Hackathon is part of Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s contribution to the computer science industry in Qatar and the region, an effort that promotes an interdisciplinary approach to developing innovative technological applications.

For more information about Hackathon, visit www.carnegieapps.com. For more information about upcoming events at Carnegie Mellon Qatar, please visit: https://www.qatar.cmu.edu/calendar/month_view/

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