Drexel University IEEE (the local branch of the international Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) held their annual 24-hour hardware-focused hackathon event, DragonHacks, starting on Saturday, February 22nd at 2:00PM in the Bossone Research Enterprise Center. The goal of DragonHacks is to bring together “the brightest minds of the world’s best schools to spend 24 hours [creating] ground-breaking new products from scratch!” The theme of the 2020 competition was “Login with Love.”
There were over $5000 in prizes awarded, with over 200 students from over 50 colleges and universities and four countries represented. Schools with the most representation include Drexel, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Maryland, New York University and Delaware State University.
Grand Prize and winner of the Lockheed Martin – Best Hack for Data Analysis & Visualization went to the project DirExit, a real-time responding signage system which can detect andegous paths, efficiently route occupants, and real-time track human traffic via Google Cloud. More detailed information about the DirExit project can be found here.
Second Place went to the Smart Kitchen Smoke Detection team, which also won the sponsored MLH – Best Use of Google Cloud and Best Hardware Hack.
Third Place was awarded to the team SexI, inspired by the hackathon’s 2020 theme of “Login With Love.” The team describes their project as “Sexual Insurance – Consent With Confidence on the Blockchain.”
Beyond the Top 3 prizes, there were twelve categorical and sponsor-challenges prizes awarded. For a complete list, check out the DragonHacks website.