Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

HackPrinceton draws over 500 students

April 7, 2014

HackPrinceton, a weekend-long event held on March 28-30, brought some 500 college students to campus to build hardware and software tools and toys. The event was organized by Princeton undergraduates Hansen Qian  and Adam Yabroudi with a committee of student volunteers.  A panel of judges including experienced technologists in business and academia decided on the best projects. The winners were awarded prizes from sponsors such as Google and Facebook.
 
EE undergraduate student Derrick Dominic won first prize in the software category with his project, named Echocast. Using high-frequency sound that the human ear cannot detect, Dominic demonstrated how he could transmit data to his phone, which was on airplane mode, meaning it could not receive the data through WiFi, Bluetooth or other conventional wireless technologies.  Brown University's freshman Chen Ye's team won first place in the hardware category.  Ye and classmate Nate Parrott created AirBike, an innovative system of bike sharing based on a mixture of software and hardware that allows bikes to be locked and unlocked via mobile devices.  More details can be found here