Professor Michael Murphy mentors at HackMT.

 Seventeen teams presented their projects on Sunday.  Team 23 was led by Prof. Murphy with several CIS majors.

Seventeen teams presented their projects on Sunday.  Team 23 was led by Prof. Murphy with several CIS majors.

College students from across the region joined those from MTSU for the hackathon, a 36-hour gathering of young programmers, software developers, visual designers and others teaming up for projects in the Science Building.

Students from Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State University, Belmont University, the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and the University of Alabama, Huntsville, also participated.

Along with First Tennessee (title sponsor), sponsors included Bondware Web Solutions, CAT Financial and Jackson National Life Insurance Co. In addition to SERVPRO, financially supportive “friends” of the event included DecisionSource, Rutherford Works, axial Healthcare, Genesco and Eventbrite.

There were over 200 students and 30 professionals as mentors.  At first there were 23 teams and 17 made it to end on Sunday's demonstration of projects.  

Several students from the Computer Information Systems were in attendance, with one team led by Professor Michael Murphy.  Professor Murphy teaches programming in the CIS department and has a Master's Degree in Computer Science from MTSU.  He has attended every HackMT event and each year the number of IS students increase.

Ryan Moore was one of the students that were part of the Prof. Murphy led team.  

 Professor Murphy pitching an idea to students on Friday night (Jan. 24, 2018).

Professor Murphy pitching an idea to students on Friday night (Jan. 24, 2018).

“I had such an amazing experience at HackMT 2017 that I had to come back for 2018. This marked my first return to MTSU as an alumni, and it was wonderful being able to meet and work with former peers and professors. This year, our team put together a harmonizing app with Android Studio, which none of us had experience doing. Our team, composing mostly of CIS majors, explored music theory, audio processing, and numerical algorithms - all while trying to figure out Android Studio. Not all the planned features were able to make the presentation, but we still had more than enough to demo a fully functional, working app. I had a lot of fun with the project as well as meeting new and old friends. I already can’t wait for HackMT 2019!"
Charles Apigian