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Hesburgh Libraries Virtual Hackathon 2021

Hackathon Teams & Projects

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Scholar

Scholar aims to revolutionize note-taking by creating mindmap inspired links between related concepts. This will make it easier to jump between related concepts-even concepts you didn't realize were related-that you've taken notes on for students, scientists, engineers, or anyone in an academic setting. Our simple, easy to use interface makes note taking and creating connections less tedious and fun, giving the user a way to explore their own notes rapidly and learn from previously created concepts.

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Tether

Tether aims to offer a personal relationship management system by helping its users organize their contacts, store the important information about them, and remember to reach out to them. This will improve the quality of its users connections, both new and old, and decrease the percentage of people they lose touch with over time. As everyone has personal relationships, Tether has the power to impact anyone and can be used as both a social personal tool or more of a professional business tool.

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Bia

Bia aims to create connections over food by linking strangers from Notre Dame up to grab meals at the dining halls. This will help alleviate loneliness during this uncertain time and help build connections between Notre Dame students. This product innovates the way students go about meeting new people by offering a structured and comfortable environment for people who might be shy or have social anxiety to branch out and build new connections.

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Campfire

Campfire brings people together and eliminates food waste through a system of food cameras that allow people to easily share leftover food. When it comes to connections there’s nothing that brings people closer together than food. Inspired by MIT's food cam, we decided to build a system of food cameras that allow users to share leftover food with their communities. Users can view the food cameras for each community that they are a member of. Once signed in, they can easily check each location to see what food is available and how long each item has been there. This allows communities to build connections and eliminate food waste by safely sharing food. This was our first time working with React, so we are proud of the multi-page web app that we developed. This was also our first time working with OpenCV, and we are proud that we were able identify individual objects relatively well given the limitations of a fairly generic algorithm like the Canny Edge Detector. Our next step is to install 24/7 camera stations in dorm kitchens and community lounges so that data can be continually shared in real time. We also plan to develop a neural network to more precisely identify and track objects once sufficient data is collected to train a network.

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Pestlexis

Pestlexis aims to be a useful tool to learn vocabulary by means of spaced repetition learning techniques and optional, forceful reminders for those who choose to need it. This tool, in learning languages, will help anyone grow a greater understanding and appreciation for once unfamiliar cultures or opinions of people around the world, and help them see different perspectives they once had never seen.

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Evolve

Evolve is an application that helps students develop their network and build connections, while also engaging them in their courses in a fun manner. Course learning will have video game elements, such as character evolution and a 'quiz battle' system. As the student completes courses, the points will be added to the experience bar, which depicts the course progression and avatar ('Evotar') evolution progression.

The 'Quiz Battle' module is a way to connect with students who are enlisted in the same course as the user, and challenge each of the quizzes to prepare for upcoming exams or assignments.

Additionally, the 'Lotus' module will be a visual representation of building connections throughout the student's educational journey. The student starts off as a flower bud, but as the network expands so will the Lotus flower, and each petal will represent a different sphere of the network (i.e., 'Social,' 'Professional,' 'Extracurricular,' etc.).

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Fastis

Fastis is an integrated social calendar.

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