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Hackathon on Embedded Systems

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My Team's Product Description and Presentation at the Hackathon on Embedded Systems

Name: Hackathon on Embedded Systems
Held By: Drexel University IEEE Student Chapter
Location: ExCITe Center at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA
Date: November 9th, 2013
Placed: Did not place

The IEEE chapter at Drexel University held the one of many hackathons on embedded systems, funded by a $40,000 grant given to Pramod Abichandani and the Drexel IEEE section by IEEE National. The purpose of this event (still ongoing each year) is to encourage undergraduate students in the engineering field to develop a product that will aid society in some manner using a kit given to each group, within 8 hours. This kit included a variety of electrical components and sensors along with an Arduino. Before this competition, a series of workshops were given to those participating in the event in order to introduce them on how to use an Arduino and to work with basic sensors. A total of 20 groups of 3-5 students each participated in this competition including students from Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, Rowan University, and Temple University.

This was the first time I was introduced to microcontrollers, specifically the Arduino. This competition sparked my interest in learning how to code, as well as pushed me to learn and get involved with about robotics. Along with a group of 3 other students, I coded the Arduino and helped with the wiring of the circuit. Since I was only briefly introduced to the Arduino a few days before the competition, the product ended up being very simple, but required a large learning curve since it was the first time I coded a microcontroller. The video above shows the presentation of our project that was done at the end of the competition.