On Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, three Norwich students won a prize for best student team at a 24-hour Vermont programming competition.
Two computer science students, Saul Costa and Lauren Wyatt, and electrical engineering major Ryan Knight competed in HackVT, a contest to build an application using open data from the state of Vermont during a marathon coding session that tested their endurance. While enjoying free food, raffle prizes and the general atmosphere, the students built a Ruby on Rails (an open source web framework) application called “VT Watchdog” that visualizes Vermont Department of Public Safety crime data by county.
Their application won a $2,000 prize for “Best Student Team” out of nine teams, some of which included graduate students. Learn more about the competition.
Costa and Wyatt are also working on a social media startup of their own called Vybe project.