CS-GSO 2k18 Weekend Hackathon

A weekend-long hackathon will be organized at Iowa State University. This hackathon is specially planned to include graduate students and aim to provide a platform for them to showcase their skills. This is a unique opportunity as most hackathons allow only undergraduate students whereas this hackathon will allow graduate and undergraduate students to compete and collaborate without barriers.

CS-GSO 2k18 Weekend Hackathon

By: Admin Setwise

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OpenHAB Alarm Retrofit


Summary: Develop a home automation retrofit system which can integrate standard home alarm systems with open-source home automation software though a hardware and software solution. Experience: Some example projects I have made thus far around these platforms have been a remote-controlled, drivable flamethrower, an automated gardening watering system, and a home automation system in which I can control a garage door and lights, among other various other devices. Origin of Idea: The first piece of equipment I wanted to hook up to OpenHAB was my family’s alarm system which my Dad installed during the construction of our home. I struggled to find a module online in which could be used to connect the alarm controller to OpenHAB since my Dad installed the system himself. Most of what I found were designed to integrated systems that were installed and monitored by a security company. I left the idea to rest as it became apparent that such a module didn’t exist and continued on integrating the modules which I described above. As I’ve become more confident in my ability to design my own modules, I realized that I could, in fact, integrate our alarm system by putting in some time researching, testing, and developing my own custom module. This idea didn’t occur to me until recently since I was so intimidated by the bundle of wires contained inside the alarm controller when I opened its enclosure.

Women techmakers global event


It will be a one-day event at Google Belo Horizonte, aimed at increasing the visibility, community and resources for women in technology. The event will feature panel discussions with technology leaders, hands-on workshops, networking opportunities and more. The theme this year is Building a New Horizon. International Women's Day is an important moment to recognize how women have influenced the tech industry and beyond. Each of its summits and meetups will be tailored to local communities of women in technology. Summits and meetups around the world may feature hands-on coding workshops, inspiring speakers, and networking opportunities. In conjunction with International Women’s Day, Google is hosting a series of global Women Techmakers summits geared towards increasing visibility, community and resources for women in technology. These summits will be hosted at Google offices and locations around the world, and will feature panel discussions, technical talks with technology leaders, career-planning discussions, networking opportunities and more. Particularly for me, this event represents an unforgettable opportunity. I am finishing my MSc in Computer Science and would love to extend my network. Considering my academic background, I never considered that I would be selected to attend such an event. My life story is a struggle for women in technology, and this year I can go to this Google event that celebrates International Women's Day. I would very much like to have this opportunity to learn more about technology and share my knowledge and personal history. For these reasons, I am asking for financial help for the costs listed below.

Introduce a Girl To STEM Day


This will be a 3.5 hour workshop to introduce young women in the La Grange, Illinois area to the opportunities in STEM. Student attendees will have two separate STEM sessions involving fun and collaborative challenges in the subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Along with the group challenges, the student attendees will learn how what they're being introduced to is relevant in today's workforce and career paths that may involve their interests. With STEM careers on the rise, our focus is to make a connection with the students and how they can plan ahead through interest and skill seeking and relating it to occupations that utilize those same skills. At the end of the day we will be having a women electrical engineer from Walgreens speak to the students and give insight into her own experiences that the student attendees can relate to and take some of her advice and apply it in their own lives.