Computer Science Students Display Coding Chops at Innovation Hackathon

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LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Six computer science students from Lincoln University recently joined more than 300 students from secondary and post-secondary institutions throughout the country for the third annual Innovation Hackathon held on the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Innovation Hackathon is a 36-hour-long competition that offers hands-on experience to students interested in cyber security and coding methods. Participants came prepared for the weekend with sleeping bags and overnight items, eager to work in teams to complete several challenges provided by corporate sponsors including General Dynamics Information Technology, Rapid Cycle, Strategy and Management Services, Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association, Rigil Corporation and the AllCyber Association.1


Lincoln University computer science students pose for a group photo at the Innovation Hackathon event at Northern Virginia Community College | Courtesy Photo

Using techniques learned in the classroom, all six of Lincoln’s computer science students sailed through the challenges and were awarded tablets for their problem solving skills. In addition to winning a tablet, Kameron Hayman, a junior computer science student was one of seven students awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

“I couldn’t give enough thanks to the computer science department at Lincoln, especially to Dr. [Haydar Teymourlouei] and professor James Chikwem who prepared me for the competition,” said Hayman.

“The competition was a fantastic opportunity for our computer science students to network with the many organizations that sponsored the event,” said Teymourlouei, department chair of Lincoln’s Department of Computer Science.

Outside of the competition, cyber security experts spoke to participants on topics involving computer science and information technology through “Tech Talks.” Those in attendance included Stephanie Carter, owner of JDC Unleashed; Brian DeMuth, CEO of GRIMM; and Tyrone Guiden, deputy executive director of AllCyber among others.1

 

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Article by Devin Bonner, Office of Communications and Public Relations