Nearly 350 students packed into the Quad at the University of Pennsylvania in Phildelphia two weekends ago to participate in the largest student run hackathon in the country, PennApps. The hackathon brought together over 90 exclusively student teams from all across the US. Teams worked hard for 48 hours with a few twists and turns along the way, including a massive pirates vs. ninjas nerf gun fight at 2AM (which I tragically missed!). Despite that disappointment, PennApps massive scale brought out some great talent and resulted in some amazing hacks!
The top three teams at the event took home over $7,000 in prizes and there was another $5,000 in other prizes that was divided up amongst the other teams. You can find the full list of hacks from PennApps on Hacker League, but here are just the top three:
There were also several awesome hacks powered by Sendgrid. Here are a couple of my favorites:
The prize for best app powered by Sendgrid went to Josh Wilson, Jason Mow, and Stefan Zhelyazkov with their hack Emailr. Emailr gives users the best of both worlds combining email and social networking into one app. Users can share stories, photos, news, and much more just like they could on any social networking site. Their team won a year of free hosting with Linode for their app!
Overall, the 6th PennApps was a big success (in more ways than one). It brought out a huge crowd, great wifi coverage, plenty of food and drinks, and even a whole lot of nerf. The student organizers really outdid themselves and I’m certainly very impressed by the way things came together. Really looking forward to what these hackers will have in store for the the Spring Semester!