The event brought in more than 500 attendees and involved local technology high school and college students, as well as professionals. There were some 11 workshops, with specialists from Amazon Web Services and other tech leaders.
The Halloween Hackathon was aligned with Hacktoberfest – an annual month-long celebration of open-source software. It incorporated computer-programming and problem-solving challenges, educational workshops for students and professionals alike and thought leadership from industry innovators.
The Halloween Hackathon started at 7 a.m. ended at 11 p.m., with more than 50 submissions and 14 winners. The overall first place winner was a team of three graduate students from Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken). They took home a cash prize of $3,000 for using Google Cloud AutoML to build an “Eye Health Predictor,” which uses images from your camera to identify potential risks for eye disease.
Other prize categories included Best 1st-Timers Hack (for students), Most Innovative Hack, Best Use of AI/ML (artificial intelligence/machine learning), Most Potential for a Startup, Best Halloween Hack and more. An iCIMS spokesperson commented, “As a pioneering technology company located in central New Jersey, iCIMS is fully committed to driving awareness for tech innovation in its home state.”