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Engineering and computer science students compete in NYC hackathon

NYC Hackathon participants Kirstyn Natavio and Michael Ousseinov
CCNY’s NYC Hackathon participants Kirstyn Natavio [left] and Michael Ousseinov.

Teams Good Bot and SignThis, comprising engineering and computer science students from The City College of New York, collaborated on creative coding challenges in a 24-hour coding sprint in the Spring 2017 hackNY Student Hackathon. Team Good Bot received the Hack Harassment Prize, which is the Major League Hacking’s themed prize against online harassment.

Good Bot’s five members built a social media application called SlackBot to monitor Slack channels looking for inappropriate content or content that may be considered harassment. The bot uses artificial intelligence to identify such content, and when it does, it alerts administrators to shut down or censure of offending accounts.

Team SignThis, designed a web application that translates sign language into English to ease communication between the speaking and non-speaking world. It is able to detect and discern letters and will use the same application to expand into recognition of signs and translate them into text, and ultimately audio feeds.

“The hackathon has boosted our coding skills and introduced us to technologies that I would not have otherwise learned in school,” said Kirstyn Natavio, SignThis member. “The frameworks and APIs we learned are definitely used to solve real-world problems, and learning them in HackNY made the 24-hour all-nighter worthwhile.”

Team Good Bot:

  • Michael Ousseinov (Electrical Engineering)
  • Melvin Cherian (Computer Science)
  • Chieh-Huang Chen (Computer Science)
  • Satyam Sharma (Computer Engineering)
  • Adomas Hassan (Computer Science)

Team SignThis:

  • Kirstyn Natavio (Computer Science)
  • Meghna Pai (Computer Engineering)
  • Tahsin Jahin (Computer Engineering)
  • Yinuo Huang (Computer Science)
  • Tubaa Shahid (Electrical Engineering)

To find out more about the teams and what it takes to compete in a hackathon, click here.

About The City College of New York
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Ashley Arocho

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