Data, technology, creativity and coffee — it’s all there at Steacie Hackfest


For the third year, students will come together for two full days at York University’s Steacie Science and Engineering Library to collaborate on innovative ideas using data, technology, creativity – and possibly a lot of coffee.

The third annual Steacie Library Dungeon Hackfest runs from Feb. 21 at 9am until Feb. 22 at 5pm. It presents an opportunity for students to work in groups on a concept, and then bring that concept to life.

hackfestStudents from disciplines such as computer science and engineering, fine arts, business, digital media and health will work together to share ideas and create solutions, while showing their strengths and interest in crunching data, business development and visualization.

Breakfast, lunch and caffeine will be provided.

Over the two days, students will follow an agenda to help guide them through the process, which will include a mentor drop-in, final presentations and a reception.

Students who are participating and are interested in learning more skills and tools for the hackfest are encouraged to attend the pre-hackfest workshops running on Feb. 20.

Some of the workshops are:

• Android Mobile App Development by Abdullah Sawas;
• How to Pitch Ideas for the Hackfest by Nilay Goyal;
• Getting Started with Git by Ali Sadaqain;
• York Course Schedule Data: How to Use It For Your Hackfest Idea by Neal Stephenson; and
• Amazon Echo Development by Jim Freemantle.

For more information, visit the Steacie Library Dungeon Hackfest 2018 website.