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Second SparkHacks collegiate hackathon a success

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The computer science department held its second university-wide collegiate hackathon, SparkHacks 2024, on Feb. 9-10 at Student Center East.

Two hundred fifty participants competed in different areas, including sustainable innovation, health, empowerment, DiscoverTech, and a no-code track.

The number of submissions this year nearly doubled last year’s total, to 47 projects. These ranged from a UIC carpooling app to various financial literacy apps, mental health apps, and games. In addition to the projects, the event provided students with various technical workshops and a career fair.

A team of 26 participants from various student organizations served as ambassadors for the event, which was hosted by the computer science department. The event had several corporate sponsors, including Abbvie, Blue Cross Blue Shield, CAT Digital, Code Path, the CME Group, Discover, John Deere, and Publicis Sapient.

“Overall, SparkHacks 2024 was a huge success with students having access to different technical workshops, talking to recruiters through the career fair, and competing in Mario Kart, all while building a project to win amazing tech prizes,” said Nandana Sheri, SparkHacks co-chair. “We thank the department, professors, and industry sponsors for all of their support.”

A total of 47 projects were submitted, with 10 winning teams. Details of each project are available on the SparkHacks project gallery page. You can follow SparkHacks on Instagram at @sparkhacksuic