Several CS Students Competed in Largest Student-Run Hackathon in the World
Four undergraduate computer science students from Johns Hopkins University – Bailey Parker, Eric Bridgeford, Ron Boger, and Kush Gupta – competed from September 4th-6th at the largest student run hackathon in the world: PennApps (http://pennapps.com). Their product, StrollSafe, is an application that is intended to increase the safety of users traveling by foot within large cities. StrollSafe does so by overlaying historical crime data on top of a regular map, allowing its users to visualize the safety of any city-block or region. When a user does feel unsafe in their city, they have the option to call an emergency contact, the police, or an Uber in order to remove themselves from the situation. We are proud to say that our fellow students won at PennApps, taking home an API sponsored prize of Beats Headphones. The sound quality isn’t amazing, but they don’t seem to mind.