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23 December 2011
Talented students from the Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics displayed their knowledge and skills at a recent Hack Day event by scooping all prizes on offer in every category.Organised by Box UK, the event was held in Cardiff's Student Union and attracted coders, developers, designers and others with an interest in creating all kinds of software. The theme of the day was 'For the Social Good' with the aim of giving something back to the community by creating social interest apps which could benefit a local area.
Participants were split into teams and encouraged to be as creative possible using whatever data and tools they had at their disposal.Judges Carey Hikes of Box UK, John Greenaway from Cardiff University's Information Services Division, and Jenni Taylor, Web Content Editor from the University of Bath all had a tough time deciding upon winners with every team producing interesting and innovative apps.Three of the School's PhD students - Matt Williams, Mark Greenwood and Martin Chorley, scooped first prize with their app entitled 'Gritly', which mashes up historical road traffic accident data and real-time twitter feeds to provide a local map that shows the roads to avoid in icy/wintery weather.
A team of first year undergrads - Henry Hoggard, Joseph Redfern and Geraint Harries - showcased the extra techniques they are learning at the School’s Computing Club, as they finished runners up working with local web developer Warren Seymour to create 'NoteSlide', an online noticeboard system for universities and social clubs. The Best Individual Developer prize also went to the School with third year student Tom Hancocks being awarded for his contribution to a local knowledge Q&A web app.
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