Here are highlights from previous hackathons, including winning projects, speakers, and events.
Tyle (Spring 2018)
Audience Choice, Best Design
Tyle used paper, cardboard, and a little bit of computer vision to create a physical dashboard for their computer. Using paper cutouts of logos for different computer apps, the user can select apps and issue commands by placing them on a piece of paper.
GoWithTheFlow (Fall 2017)
Best Overall, Best Machine Learning Hack, Best Use of AWS
Given a video, GoWithTheFlow uses machine learning and computer vision to analyze the flow of cars, people, or any other moving objects. The open-source app provides useful information for crowd control and urban planning.
TrackTive (Spring 2017)
Best Overall (sponsored by Vitech)
TrackTive is a DJ controller that allows the user to wirelessly control a virtual turntable. You no longer need to drop hundreds of dollars on DJ equipment to make sweet mashups!
FiB (Fall 2016)
Best Moonshot (sponsored by Google)
This Chrome extension generated a wave of media attention as a solution to fake news. The FiB team met at HackPrinceton and immediately created a product with real social impact. FiB analyzes the authenticity of posts on your Facebook news feed, enabling you to weed out the fake news.
CEO and Co-Founder of The Meet Group
Geoffrey Cook is a serial entrepreneur and CEO. The Meet Group started out as a single brand, which Geoff grew to over $30 million in revenue before merging with a public company in a $100 million deal. Since then, Geoff has led the company to acquire three additional social apps -- Andreessen Horowitz backed Skout for $55 million, Tagged or $60 million, and LOVOO for $70 million.
Senior Data Scientist at Two Sigma
Claudia served as Chief Scientist at Dstillery (the former Media6Degrees) designing, developing, analyzing and optimizing the machine learning that drives digital advertising to prospective customers of brands. She started her career in Data Science at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, concentrating on research in data analytics and machine learning for complex real-world domains and applications. She continues to actively publish and has over 50 scientific publications to her as well as a few patents in the area of machine learning, and currently works at Two Sigma.
President and COO Emeritus of Box
We had the privilege of welcoming Dan Levin to HackPrinceton Fall 2017. Dan served as the President and COO of Box for seven years and continues to serve as an active board member. He helped lead the cloud management and file-sharing service from startup to enterprise level. Dan offered some sage advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. He encouraged attendees to just "go for it" while keeping the big picture in mind.
Co-Founder of StdLib
Jacob Lee is an example of someone who just "went for it." After graduating with a Computer Science degree from Princeton, Jacob co-founded StdLib, which organizes the world's APIs into the "standard library of the internet." StdLib has already raised $2 million in first-round seed funding. At HackPrinceton Fall 2017, Jacob shared his inspiring path to entrepreneurship. Although he initially knew nothing about computer science, he immersed himself in tech, working at Google and then co-founding StdLib.
The Princeton Tigerlilies
On the first day of HackPrinceton Fall 2017, hackers were treated to quite the serenade. Princeton's own a cappella group, the Tigerlilies, treated everyone to a live performance!
On the second day of hacking, attendees took a break from work and released their pent-up energy on soccer darts!
Some cuddly friends made their way to the Friend Center on Sunday. It's safe to say they were the MVPs of HackPrinceton Fall 2017!