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Ursuline Hosts Hackathon

Engineering Week was full of exciting activities.

Ursuline hosted a Hackathon with judges from the technology industry including Microsoft and Pepsico as well as Christian Genco, Founder of Fileinbox and author of the Microconf Recap.

19 teams were asked to develop a software product that addresses a specific problem related to Disaster Relief. They "hacked"/programmed a solution in three hours using any programming language, such as Java, Java Script, HTML, and Python.

Other Engineering Week activities included math games, straw rockets, racing remote control cars, and an Engineering Panel featuring alumnae Cristin Beach ‘13, Katie Thompson Hambric ‘11, and Kelly Sullivan ‘00. They discussed challenges in the engineering field, what a typical work day was like, and gave advice to those interested in pursuing a career in engineering.

Engineering Club President Marissa Ovenshire ’20 loved working behind the scenes on the week and seeing everything come together. Her favorite parts of the week were the panel and Hackathon.

“I believe that engineering really gives a basis of problem-solving and collaboration that can be applied to anything a person may want to pursue,” Marissa said. She plans to study Computer Engineering next year.

Hackathon Results

First Place: Aidan McLachlan '21 and Grace Olden '21

Project Name: Drone Delivery Service

Aidan and Grace took inspiration from families being trapped in their homes as a result of flooding to develop a model for disaster delivery drones to deliver essential resources such as food, water, or medicine to those who are stuck. The drones would provide a safe and easy way to deliver necessities. They coded a 3D model of these drones and the durable, waterproof delivery containers they would carry.

Second Place: Christian Knight '20 and Paloma Resendiz '20

Project Name: The Bear Mobile Disaster Relief Hotline App

Christian and Paloma’s app was designed to assist natural disaster survivors as well as allow civilians to donate to current natural disasters around the world. The app would allow users to input whether they wanted to donate to a range of different disaster areas, or they could choose to receive assistance if they were in the midst of a natural disaster. Tips and links would then be provided to help them stay safe.

Third Place: Lauren Montigue '20, Sarah Pumphrey '20, and Grayson Arcemont '20

Project Name: Waterwheel Innovation

Lauren, Sarah, and Grayson decided to find a solution to power outages caused by the most common natural disaster in the U.S.: flooding. In cities that are prone to flooding, there would be reservoirs under the city connected to a draining system. When the reservoirs filled up, as they would during a flood, the water would flow through flumes onto waterwheels and generate hydroelectric for people’s basic electrical needs like A/C and preservation of food. This sustainable solution would curb millions of dollars in economic and opportunity costs caused by power outages during floods.