DCU students from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds came together in DCU’s Innovation Campus over the weekend for #HackDCU, an ideas marathon encouraging students to create innovative products or services which could improve the lives of DCU students, academically or in terms of student experience.
All DCU students were invited to participate and seven teams were formed to work on innovative ‘hacks’ with full support from a group of 12 mentors.
The winning team was Ceol, who made wireless headphones with inbuilt music streaming capability, enabling the user to listen to music on the move without using their phone. They impressed judges by building a working prototype during the weekend long hackathon. Team members included Eoin Ó’hÓbáin, Kevin Harrington and Cian Butler.
The team won €1,000 sponsored by DCU’s UStart, a place on the shortlist for UStart 2015 and a trip to Milan to attend a major Codemotion conference in November, sponsored by Codemotion.
The runner-up team was Cyclelogical, who provided ready-to-use bikes for DCU students and staff. The team consisted of Emmanuel Odereye, Alix Frank, Opeidlh Elsheikh, Chigozie Anyanwu, Mikey Kinsella, and they won €750 sponsored by Richard Stokes of DCU Invent.
As part of the Hackathon, DCU Ryan Academy and StartUp Europe’s Welcome Project organised a talk from Bart Lehane, founder of KillBiller, who shared his experience with students.
For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/hackdcu-2015-tickets-16313847156