I was lucky enough to be asked to be a judge at the 2014 Howard University Hackathon sponsored by Google. It was a blast.
At some point during every 24hr hackathon, energy gets looowww. You have to do so something to pick everyone up! Sometimes this is a run around the building, or group jumping jacks. Howard University and Hampton University set a new bar, with the “2am Turn-Up!” The main Hackathon room had a full AV and sound system, which the kids found and put to good use. One of the Howard students DJ’d from his Macbook.
Here are some Howard University hackers declaring once and for all that Howard University is “The Real HU™.” Of course Hampton University had an equal response.
1st prize went to an iOS app and REST API for aggregating NCAA sailing results and making them available. They quoted Google’s mission to “Organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible.” They then noticed that Google will provide soccer or World series scores, but not college sailing. So they made a scraper/parser/data persistence layer. Then they made a REST API. Then they made an app. The app used some very cool parallax and blur effects.