Collaborative Team of University and Macalester College Students Win at MinneHack 2019

University of Minnesota students Anushree Ramanath (ECE), Kate Kuehl (CFANS), and Jacob Lindahl (CS&E), and Jacob Weightman from Macalester College formed a winning team and placed first overall at MinneHack 2019. Based on the problem statement, the team designed and implemented a website called FishInA.net—a site that helps fish farmers correctly estimate the optimum amount of feed for fish.

The project comprised an Internet of Things-based (IoT) Arduino water temperature sensor to help fish farmers make better decisions about what to feed their fish, how much, and at what time.  The hardware to measure temperature was developed using a temperature sensor, and Arduino kit with Bluetooth functionality to facilitate dynamic updates. The Node server was hosted on Google Cloud with an SQL database.

During the first round of the hackathon,  judges circulated listening to each team’s description of their project, and of the work they had completed over the previous twenty odd hours. Out of 80 participating teams, 6 teams were short-listed for the next round, where participants presented their work. The Unicersity-Macalester collaborative team’s presentation of the  implementation was well received. Following the presentation round, the team were were declared among the winners of the hackathon and each member was awarded a medal along with a Google Pixelbook as the prize. Their choice of domain name was also recognized with a special award
— Best Domain, sponsored by Domain.com, and each team member received a Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit.

In the photograph, place left to right: Jacob Weightman, Anushree Ramanath, Kate Kuehl, and Jacob Lindahl

MinneHack is a 24 hour hackathon that welcomes hackers from across the country to “create, collaborate, and compete to make something amazing!” The event is hosted by the University’s chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. This year’s event was held on February 2-3, 2019. The largest hackathon in the Twin Cities, the event drew more than 300 students from 14 institutions across 5 states. The hackathon problems for 2019 centered on farming practices: agricultural data that could increase yield, and promote sustainable agricultural practices, and disease prediction and preventative measures that support shrimp farming.