September 23, 2013
By Danielle Abril
After 72 hours working feverishly to create a solution to an age-old problem, a group of developers won $10,000 and will be incorporated into a company for free.
The Southern Methodist University Bobby Lyle School of Engineering team took home the top prize at the 20 Over 20 hackathon for their solution that would help people track their possessions via their phone.
“Everyone was really excited,” said Greg Needel, SMU’s director of the Innovation Gymnasium who served as the team’s adviser. “But I think the vibe afterward was just tired.”
The team of five, comprising two sophomores, one senior and two grad students, worked tirelessly to form the idea, develop a business plan and create the product.
After Dialexa, host of the hackathon, presented participants with 20 problems plaguing society for 20 years, the team chose the problem they thought had the biggest commercialization potential, could be executed in the time frame, and would be fun to solve.
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