The IEEE NUS Student Branch organized the Online Hackathon Fortnight 2020 over two weeks from the 13th of March to the 22nd March during this semester. The Hackathon aims to provide a platform for cross-disciplinary appreciation and project implementation (hardware and software) with an end goal of exposing the varsity landscape to hack culture. What sets this hackathon apart was that the hackathon was conducted almost entirely online and this enabled the smooth proceedings of the event amidst the Covid-19 situation.
The event was well attended and received submissions from 40 students which came from a variety of disciplines from the Faculty of Engineering and the School of Computing. Participating teams had to solve one of two problem statements via hardware and/or software solutions and upload a video of their solution for the first round of shortlisting. Shortlisted teams proceeding to the final judging round and the top three winning teams were selected by our esteemed judges Mr Ying Hao, Cofounder of Aceninja and Mr Eric Zhang, from BestTop Consulting Pte Ltd.
The winning team of students named Pathfinders is made up of Vikash Jeyathevan (EE3), Lim Shi Shuan (ME3), Eng Yujie (ME3), Sutha M. (EE3), Zhang Xiuping (EE3). They proposed the BeachBuddy project to solve the problem of litter and trash along Singapore beaches leveraging on Arduino and Nvidia Jetson platforms, robot operating systems and image recognition technologies. The winning team walked away with a cash prize of $1000 while the first and second runner ups brought home cash prizes of $600 and $400 respectively.
This event would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. The IEEE-NUS Student Branch would like place on record their appreciation to the following sponsors : ExxonMobil Pte Ltd. (Platinum sponsor), BestTop Consulting Pte Ltd and Aceninja (Gold Sponsors) and Singapore Pools (Bronze Sponsor).