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HackBU 2023: Post-hackathon updates

Hi all! I have some updates to share about HackBU 2023 pertaining to winners, reimbursements, and plans for next year.


I would like to start off with an important announcement about our hackathon winners: After our event ended, we found that one of our selected winning projects violated our rules by reusing a significant amount of code created before the hackathon. Having clarified this with the original authors, we would like to congratulate a couple of new winners!

Firstly, our new winner for Best Newbie Hack is DineTunes! by Nicholas Solar, Bryan Perez, Luke Sypniewski, and David Lovejoy! DineTunes! is a website designed to make dining halls more engaging for students by providing an interface for users to like and dislike songs.

DineTunes! screenshot

Next, our new winner for Best Design (UI) is Valenteer by Vivian Huynh, Winnie Yong, Haohua Zeng, and Sara Wu! Valenteer is a service for discovering local volunteer opportunities, and matching you up with like-minded individuals to build connections with. It supports finding other users who go to the same events as you, and inputting your interests to get better matches.

Valenteer screenshot 1 Valenteer screenshot 2

With this finalized, we will now be able to distribute our prizes; winners can expect to hear from us some time in the next week.

Reimbursement info

You can now finally apply for travel reimbursements using this Google Form. The fund is primarily intended for teams who used Uber or Lyft to get to the ITC from off-campus, but we will accept also requests for travelling non-BU teams and see what we can do.

Once you fill out the form, we will get back to you within the next couple of weeks. We intend to close the form on Monday, March 27th, but you should get your request in ASAP, especially since they are first-come-first-serve.

Reflections and plans

With those announcements out of the way, let’s talk about the hackathon some more :)

We have published photos from the event at https://hackbu.org/photos/hackbu2023/, both including photos from the University Photographer, as well as from our own team.

That’s not all, though! In addition to our Twitter and Instagram accounts, we now have a TikTok at @hackbinghamton! We have some great short-form content from the hackathon in the works; you will want to follow us so you don’t miss it! https://www.tiktok.com/@hackbinghamton

Myself, I am over the moon with how the event itself went. It took a lot of work to get this event running in-person again, and there were certainly a lot of time crunches. We’ve been putting a lot of time and effort into one-time investments which will serve us will in the future, such as:

We also tried some new things this year, during the hackathon:

But, you likely already know about those. Let’s talk improvement!

As you can see, we have a lot of work ahead of us! Thanks to all of you who attend our events, though, it is whole-heartedly worth it. If you appreciate what we do and are interested in joining our team, stay tuned for organizer applications later this semester :)