Fourteen Australian National University (ANU) students had a chance to showcase their skills, talents and knowledge while experiencing the thrill of intense pressure at the Sydney Unearthed Hackathon.
The two and a half day event was held from the 25 – 27 August bringing together software developers, data scientists, entrepreneurs and engineers to develop prototype solutions to big data and operational challenges from supporting global leading resource companies such as Amazon Web Services, SAP, Aimex, Department of Industry and Boart Longyear.
ANU Student, Syed Sheece Raza Gardez commented, "I enjoyed the thrill of developing a project from the initial idea phase all the way through to the prototype in fast-paced environment, going in one direction figuring that it would not work then, changing scope of project to fit in the tight time frame. It was a very valuable experience."
Two ANU students, Prithvi Reddy and Mahasen Sooriyabandaara were part of a team who were awarded second place for their development of a 3D visualisation tool to locate mine bolts from 3D data of a mineshaft. The solution provided industry experts with an opportunity to determine mine compliance and stability without the use of personnel while also decreasing the risk of catastrophic mine disasters.
The College of Engineering and Computer Science supported the students' attendance by way of a student experience grant. The funding was provided to encourage students from different majors to build a diverse and vibrant student experience and for students to network and collaborate in an environment outside of their current study.