Metrohacks II – My First Hackathon!

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This weekend I had the chance to attend my first ever hackathon at MetroHacks II in the Warriors Ice Arena in Boston, Massachusetts! Saying that I have never been to a hackathon before, this was definitely quite an awesome experience to spend all night coding. There were about 265 hackers at Metrohacks this year and many cool projects were created with a Raspberry Pi, Virtual Reality, and so much more! There were also really cool workshops and keynote speeches to attend at MetroHacks, which I enjoyed very much 🙂

I was fortunate enough to form a team with two other passionate girls: Grace Hall, a senior from Massachusetts, and Anastasia Zorlas, a junior from New Jersey.  We created an app called ASDTonization to help kids with Aspergers Syndrome socialize with others. ASD stands for Autism Spectrum Disorder, which Aspergers is a type of. ASDTonization works by allowing users to input text based on what other people might be talking to them about. This text will be analyzed and the detected mood of the text will be output as a result. The five emotions that are detected by the app include Sadness, Fear, Joy, Disgust, and Anger, which were taken from IBM’s Watson’s ToneAnalyzer API.

I really can’t believe it, but ASDTonization managed to pull off a W and win the 3rd place prize out of all the projects in the hackathon! As a third place winner, we got a certificate, some swag from the sponsors of MetroHacks, and we also got to pitch our app to all the other participants, parents, and sponsors at the award ceremony! This has been an incredible experience and I am super inspired to go to other hackathons!

Thank you so much MetroHacks! I had an awesome time an I can’t wait for next year 🙂

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