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Information Technology Group from South Hills Participates in HackPSU

Information Technology instructor, Guido Santella (far left), is shown at HackPSU with IT students (L-R) Joshua Allison, Matthew Duman, Omar Brown, Dylan Gressick, Cody Virgillo, and Cameron Buynack.

by Joan Andrews
South Hills Public Relations Specialist

with Jodie LeMaster
South Hills Webmaster

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Information Technology (IT) students from South Hills School of Business & Technology's Altoona campus participated in a creative 24-hour learning experience at HackPSU, a “hackathon” event hosted by Penn State University where students can learn to code or experienced programmers can compete to build something from scratch. South Hills instructor, Guido Santella, 6 current IT students, and 1 IT alumnus joined the collaborative venture with 600 other participants from across the nation for HackPSU on November 4 at the University Park campus in downtown State College.

Teams comprised of programmers ranging from seasoned coding veterans to first-time hackers were challenged to use their training in languages and technologies such as HTML, CSS, Javascript, C#, ASP.NET with Entity Framework, NodeJS, VueJS, and Asterisk (VOIP), to design new software solutions to solve real-world problems. The South Hills group formed into two teams to compete from 2:00pm Saturday straight through until 10:00am Sunday for a total of 21 hours including Saturday's time change. At the end of the event, each team had created a software solution that didn't exist before they had arrived.

Throughout the hackathon, participants were mentored by leading software developers from IBM, Raytheon, Blackboard, AccuWeather, GM, The Vanguard Group, Google, and other nationally recognized corporations, and they were given the opportunity to test out some of the latest virtual reality (VR) gear and IoT (internet of things) devices.

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