Marist Students Win First Place in "Code for Good" Hackathon

JP Morgan Chase's Competition Encourages Software Development for Charities

Marist Students Win First Place in "Code for Good" Hackathon

Marist School of Computer Science and Mathematics students Scott Hansen, Michelle Crawley, and Jimmy Crowley (shown above with Dr. Casimer DeCusatis) traveled to the JP Morgan Chase offices in New York City on October 16th and 17th for the 24-hour "Code for Good" Hackathon, which includes 16 hours of coding in HTML, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL. Each software hacking project developed an application which supported a different charity. The Marist students' software project supports the charity "Feed the Children". The three students created an application that helps stock food banks, reviews donations from different grocery stores, and helps implement healthy eating plans.

Students from across the country competed in the Code for Good Hackathon, including groups from MIT, Georgia Tech, and NYU. Out of 24 teams, the Marist student group was one of the top 4 teams selected as winners of the Hackathon. Each student received a $150 Amazon gift card, and their app will be developed into a version for public release by 2017.

As a result of their outstanding performance in the competition, JP Morgan Chase has expressed interest in speaking with the Marist students about summer internships and employment.

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