MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner University’s Computer Science Department recently hosted a hackathon, calling it EagleHack. EagleHack was done in conjunction with a group called Major League Hacking (MLH).
As Faulkner was hosting its EagleHack on October 12, over 150 MLH events were happening on the same day and were designed to be a learning-focused developer conference. Faulkner’s hackathon focused on learning about Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Github.
“Students were able to get hands-on experience with some industry tools,” said Computer Science Chair Susan Hammond. “Because the event was done in conjunction with MLH, there were social media contests that the students could participate in by posting pictures with the appropriate hashtags. That added an extra level of fun to the event.”
Hammond is looking forward to making EagleHack an annual event.
Through Major League Hacking, students were given $100 in credits to use on AWS to learn about cloud computing. Students used the credits to build a simple web application written in python that used an API to pull event information from the Eventbrite website.
Students from Faulkner University and Alabama State University participated in the event as well as a faculty member from ASU and an IT representative from the Montgomery Public Schools.
About Major League Hacking
Major League Hacking (MLH) is the official student hackathon league. Each year, we power over 200 weekend-long invention competitions that inspire innovation, cultivate communities and teach computer science skills to more than 65,000 students around the world. MLH is an engaged and passionate maker community, consisting of the next generation of technology leaders and entrepreneurs. To learn more, visit https://mlh.io/.
Faulkner University is a private, Christian liberal arts university based in Montgomery, Alabama. With a mission to provide an education anchored not only by intellect but also character and service, the Faulkner experience aims to educate the whole person. Serving both traditional and non-traditional students, the university is home to six colleges: the Alabama Christian College of Arts and Sciences, the Harris College of Business and Executive Education, the V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies, the College of Education, Faulkner Law and the College of Health Sciences. In addition to its main campus in Montgomery, Faulkner operates extension campuses in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile along with online degree programs.
For more information, visit www.faulkner.edu.
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