Michelle Carney and other MIMS Students Win AR Hackathon!

02 Nov, 2017

Michelle Carney and other MIMS Students Win AR Hackathon!

Michelle Carney in a team of MIMS Students won the prestigious CitizenAR augmented reality hackathon!

CitizenAR challenged teams to engage Tenderloin residents in making a more sustainable, just and livable home using augmented reality. Participants were offered three prompts to guide their projects, and the I School team used the first, “improve the stewardship of the streets of the Tenderloin.” The teams then had 8 hours to work their hack.

CitizenAR is a hackathon and tech carnival presented by Tech in the Tenderloin, a non-profit partnered with The Salvation Army's Kroc Center, that connects families to technology.

From the announcement on the Berkeley I-School's blog:

September 30, five Master of Information Management and Systems students, Michelle Carney (MIMS ’18), Michelle Chen (MIMS ’19), Conner Hunihan (MIMS ’19), Daphne Jong (MIMS ’19), and Ching-Yi Lin (MIMS ’19), won the highly competitive CitizenAR augmented reality hackathon. They created an application for Tenderloin youth and community organizers to interact and connect with their peers and community through an augmented reality game design...

The selection process to participate was highly selective and involved a comprehensive application. Ten cross-disciplinary university teams were selected to compete, and included groups from across the country, including Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania. Ultimately there were four winning teams: the UC Berkeley School of Information team, and teams from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, the Academy of the Art University, and UC Davis.

Read the rest of the article and more about CitizenAR here.