A team of Meredith College students had a strong showing in NC State’s Diamond Hacks hackathon, winning first place in the “Best Overall” category.
The Diamond Hacks weekend-long hackathon was open to women interested in computer programming. A hackathon is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects.
Five Meredith students participated in the event. The winning team members were Alicia Wood, Mercedes Gutierrez, Desiree Howell, and Emily Johnson. Allison Arocho-Martinez participated on another team.
With no previous Android development experience, Gutierrez, Howell, Johnson, and Wood created an Android Application called “Midiate” in fewer than 48 hours. The students created Midiate to provide users with an anonymous, third party vote in arguments, polls, and life decisions.
“This application allows users to post their issues at hand along with the two options using the Argue It page. Once the argument is posted, other users can anonymously vote on the issue to decide the winning option using the Decide It page,” described team member Alicia Wood. “A user is able to view all the arguments they’ve created, along with the current amount of votes, on the My Arguments page.”
This project was accomplished using the Android App Developer Studio, Java, and XML, along with the help of several industry professionals who volunteered as mentors at the event.