HackDuke: Code for Good

Hack Duke 2014HackDuke brought over 400 students from dozens of schools across the country to Duke University November 15-16.
These engineering and computer science students were competing to see who could code, build and otherwise hack the best project to have a positive social impact in a 48 hour period.

There were four topics students competed in were inequality, energy and the environment, education, and health and wellness. Industry mentors from eBay, Citrix, Facebook, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, Google, Paypal, and Coursera, among others, provided guidance throughout the weekend for the student teams. I was very happy to be able to play a part in the opening ceremony by speaking on behalf of the energy and the environment track to help get students excited about ways they can help improve U.S. energy efficiency (slides from this talk are available here).