Department of Computer Science

Computer Science students win national hackathon challenge

Fri Oct 28 13:22:00 BST 2016

Cisco-grou-photo-Oct16(2)A team of computer science students are winners of the Cisco University Challenge 2016

The annual event challenges teams of students to work alongside Cisco’s thought leaders to build next-generation technology solutions that tackle real-world business challenges.

Over 80 students from 18 top universities across the UK and Ireland competed against each other at the two day hackathon on 20 and 21 October.

The winning team included Ruari Bush as project manager, with Patrick Millais, Dan Savage and Gregory Thornton as software engineers and Ed Barber as the business analyst. Their winning concept was a chatbot classroom assistant, which was built using Node.js on the Cisco Spark platform.

The overall prize for Cisco University Challenge Hackathon 2016 was a fitness tracker and camera drone each, and they also won the prize for best social media interaction at the event.

Computer Science student Ruari Bush, who was project manager for the team said: "The event was a fantastic experience, it really helped us develop our technical and team skills. We are very proud of this achievement and how well the team performed together.”