LiveRamp and The Harvard Crimson partnered to host the inaugural Harvard Hackfest last week, held at Harvard’s i-Lab. Fueled by the finest cuisine from Harvard Square, ranging from Pinocchio’s Pizza to Chipotle, students had 24 hours — from 11 am on October 18 to 11 am the following day — to build a new, interesting product in one of two categories: “Media and Advertising” and “General.”
A panel of judges — including Harvard CTO Jim Waldo — named the winning teams from each of the two categories. Each member of a winning team received $500 and a tech giveaway of their choice, such as a Raspberry Pi or a Leap Motion device. Judges also recognized a top underclassmen team, which received $250 per person.
Throughout the day, mentors from Harvard’s teaching staff and from local Boston companies came to the i-Lab to help answer questions for hackers.
The projects created ranged from an app that analyzed text messages to grade the strength of your personal relationships to websites that provided visualizations of various census statistics. The winning team in “General” category developed a website that increased governmental transparency by aggregating congressional press releases in a user friendly way. In the “Media and Advertising” category, the winners created a mobile app that took images of posters advertising events on campus, and automatically imported them directly into your calendar.