Computing and Data Analytics students win prizes, internships at Hackathon


Students in the M.Sc. in Computing and Data Analytics program at Saint Mary’s University won top prizes and internships at last weekend's Hackathon.

The top two teams comprised students from the M.Sc. program at Saint Mary’s, while a group from Acadia University won third place. The cash prizes totalled $5000, with $10,000 also available in potential internship opportunities.

The event, hosted by SMU and sponsored by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, IBM, and the David Sobey Centre for Innovation in Retailing and Services, was open to current students and new professionals who graduated after January 2015. It took place over three days.

From Atlantic Lottery: “We believe that delving into data can unleash many new opportunities for our customers and our retailers. The goal of this hackathon is to help us identify areas where we can improve, innovate, and implement the latest technologies and service design to make positive impacts in the retail experience.”

The winning team of Reshma Gopinathan, Shahriar Mullick Swapnil, Akhilesh Kotiya, and Ross MacDonald won prizes totaling $2400.

Judges were from T4G, IBM, CGI, Government of Canada, SimplyCast, Affinio, Venor, Living Loyalty, Gartner, and Leadsift.