AT&T and Franklin University Announce the CbusStudentHack Coding for Community Contest Winners

AT&T, Franklin University and central Ohio area high school students have concluded CBusStudentHack Coding for Community: The Discovery District — a 7-week programming contest.

The CBusStudentHack provides Columbus-area high school students with 21st century skills via computer science education. Students develop creative solutions for real world problems. Their work helps prepare them for college and careers. Students used MIT App Inventor and Meteor to code and develop their own apps. The students were required to focus their apps on helping local residents get connected with the Columbus Downtown Discovery District.

Students met at the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) Main Library to present their project ideas and hear from a panel of community judges. The students’ work was judged on software quality, the potential impact on the central Ohio region, execution and creativity.

The winning apps were:

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First place: Team Whooping Cranes from Thomas Worthington High School. They developed “Discovery On The Go,” a photo scavenger hunt app.

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Second place: Team Drop Tables — from Dublin Jerome High School. They developed “Discovery District: Connect,” an app to connect citizens, members of the public sector and service workers to more efficiently manage a neighborhood.

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Third place: Team Kale from Upper Arlington High School. They developed “CBus Live!,” an app to connect visitors with the Discovery District through user-submitted events.

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Best Project Idea: Team Dvorak from Dublin Scioto High School. They developed “The Discovery District Discoverer,” an app to allow visitors to more easily get involved in the community.

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Best Presentation: Team Rocket from Upper Arlington High School. They developed “Columbus Eats,” an app to allow visitors to share and like photos of food from Discovery District restaurants, incorporating promotions from the restaurants.

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Team Rocket also received the Hackers’ Choice award from their peers in the competition.

Rocket Hackers' Choice award winners

Caption: First place winners, Team “Whooping Cranes” from Thomas Worthington High School

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