Hack@CEWIT 2021: Innovating Through the Pandemic
Hack@CEWIT 2021, the 5th annual 43 hour hackathon, was held virtual on February 26-28, 2021 and was run by the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) at Stony Brook University, with Major League Hacking (MLH). This year’s theme was Innovating Through the Pandemic and it featured projects on education, working from home, healthcare, and pandemic innovations. Normally the building is filled with over 150 students traveling from all over the country. For the first time, the hackathon was held virtually and attracted students that might not have been able to attend if in person. The topics focused on machine learning, blockchain, IoT and other software based technologies. Sponsoring the hackathon was MLH, Softheon, Zebra Technologies, Qosina, echoAR, and The Codex.
"This year 's 5th annual Hack@CEWIT had over 200 registered undergrad and graduate hackers from across the US. And though it was held virtually due to the pandemic, it did not diminish the quality of projects submitted by these bright and motivated students. It's opportunities like this hackathon that builds confidence in their creativity and grows their entrepreneurial spirit. This year's theme, Innovating Through a Pandemic, reminds us that though we have sudden and unknown challenges confront us, we can seize the opportunities those challenges create and harvest ideas never before imagined."
Satya Sharma, Executive Director, CEWIT
Instead of the traditional in-person workshops, most workshops were pre-recorded and
gave students the ability to watch when convenient for them during the weekend. Workshops
were run by WiCS (Women in Computer Science), Stony Brook Developer Student Club,
Stony Brook Game Developers Club, Stony Brook University’s Graduate Program, Softheon,
and echoAR. Virtual games were also held to keep students engaged and interacting
with each other. These games were run by MLH, WiCS, and the Stony Brook Computing
“My team and I came in at knowing almost nothing about building a chrome extension but we came out winning a prize for best education hack and having learned very much!” Farmingdale University Student
Sponsors and mentors were available throughout the whole weekend and were available to assist students with issues that may have occurred during project creation. Mentors were from Zebra Technologies, MLH, Stony Brook University alumni, IPVideo, echoAR, and CEWIT.
Over 5K in CEWIT prizes were up for grabs along with company sponsored prizes. There
were 15 projects submitted and the judges were impressed with the caliber of projects
created within the short period of time.
“This year is a reminder of why innovation is key to our success and our survival
as a region, as a state and as a society,” said Marc Alessi, a judge for the event,
CEO of SynchroPET and executive director of Tesla Science Center. “This weekend’s
hackathon at Stony Brook University’s CEWIT center is an example of bringing together
emerging innovators from very diverse backgrounds for the purpose of celebrating and
practicing innovation in its most raw form. This is essential to foster an environment
Congratulations to the Hack@CEWIT 2021 prize winners!
Best In Show Undergraduate: DarkWebSherlock
Best in Show Graduate: R-AGI
Best Dressed/Ease of Use: CoffeeChat
Most Creative: AirDraw
Best Pandemic Innovation: Vaccine-Finder
Best Online Education Hack: Distract Block
Best Home Office Hack: Pc Optimizer Pro
Best Health Care Innovation: R-AGI
Softheon’s Pick: Most Interesting Use of Data: R-AGI
Softheon’s Pick: Best Healthcare Security Hack: Vaxchain
MLH’s Pick: Best Domain Registered with Domain.com: InternZip
MLH’s Pick: Best Use of Google Cloud: Metasort
Click Here to view all of the projects submitted.
Thank you to all of the sponsors, judges, mentors, staff, and hackers for participating in this event. We hope to see you all next year at Hack@CEWIT 2022, taking place February 18-20, 2022!