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RPI Hosts First "Hackathon" To Spur Student Innovation

On the weekend of November 15th, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosted its very first Hackathon – a weekend-long design and developer competition drawing over 500 engineering students from around the country.

The idea was to create something from nothing in 24 short hours, using imagination, innovation, and maybe a little bit of caffeine. Hackathon competitions are a growing trend in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have become a very viable way for companies to recruit future employees.

In advance of the Hackathon, WAMC’s Jessica Bloustein Marshall spoke with Sebastian Sarbora, a third-year computer science major at RPI, who was part of the organizing team.

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