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Hampton University CS Students Compete And Win In Hackathon

After developing an app to solve a real-world problem in 36-hours, four Hampton University students won first place in the Tech Challenge and third place overall at the Black Enterprise Smart Hackathon. Ernest “Xavier” Horton, Coleman Scott IV, Tauren Bass, and Jeffrey Grant, were the computer science students who participated in the hackathon at the TechConneXt—an annual tech summit in Silicon Valley — competing against 15 other HBCU teams to create a unique app designed to address real business needs. “The hackathon itself was exhausting, but we learned a lot of new technologies that we had not used before,” said Horton, college junior and two-time Google intern, in a news release . “We were able to utilize our skills and knowledge acquired at Hampton in different ways to meet the challenges that were presented to us.” The final product was judged on viability, user-friendliness, and platform effectiveness. Each team member was awarded 25,000 American Airlines miles for travel, a...

Oct 25, 2018

This Developer Launched a Kickstarter for a Children's Coding Book

Coding classes are becoming more popular as organizations like Girls Who Code and Black Girls Code gain traction and more major tech companies offer programs to encourage computer science involvement. Cabral Clements wants to start teaching foundational concepts of coding through his children’s book ABCode. Clements teamed up with artist Alannah Vincent to create a character called “Brainy” and other illustrations featured throughout ABCode. Photo: ABCode Clements was inspired to write ABCode after thinking that the children’s books he often read to his niece and nephew were not substantial enough. “I hope the book will spark something in [kids’] imaginations to discover more as they grow,” Clements said. “There is an apparent disconnect between access to technology and technology courses in communities of color. This is why it’s my mission to get this ABCode book funded.” In 2015, Clements was named as one of HBCU Buzz’s Top 30 Under 30 for creating Campus Bubble, a social media...

Oct 18, 2018

HBCU Alum Launches App To Help Families Find Black Santas

Finding the perfect Christmas gift during the holiday season can be difficult, but it can be comparably easier than finding a Black Santa. That’s why Hampton University alum Jihan Woods is launching an app to help families locate Black Santas in their areas. A medical doctor by trade, Woods got the idea for the company in 2017 after trying to find a Black Santa for her twin boy near her home in Dallas. ” I got tired of spending hours online finding a Santa that looks like me and my sons,” Woods said. Find Black Santa works like a directory and lets users find and contact Black Santas for-hire in their areas. The app also lets users find and route to community events, mall and Santa photo- opps. Users can submit the names of Black Santas and related events to Woods via email or social media to have them added to the app. Find Black Santa users can also write event reviews within the app. Woods created a KickStarter campaign to help fund Find Black Santa, which needs $4,750 to...

Oct 11, 2018