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A clean sweep for students at Hack Day event

Mark Greenwood and Martin Chorley deep in concentration

Research students Mark Greenwood and Martin Chorley work on their top placed Gritly app (photo Dan Green)

Matt Williams, part of a winning team

Fellow research student Matt Williams completed the winning team (photo Dan Green)

Henry Hoggard, Joseph Redfern and Geraint Harries in discussion

First year students Henry Hoggard, Joseph Redfern and Geraint Harries earned a well deserved runner up prize (photo Dan Green)

Tom Hancocks making notes

Tom Hancocks, Year Three, won the Best Individual Developer Prize (photo Dan Green)

Talented students from the School of Computer Science & Informatics displayed their knowledge and skills at a recent Hack Day event by scooping all prizes on offer in every category.

Organised by Box UK, the event was held in Cardiff's Student Union where a variety of undergrad and PhD students showed their commitment and enthusiasm by going along for the all-day challenge on a Sunday.

The Hack Day attracted coders, developers, designers and everybody else with an interest in creating all kinds of software. The theme of the day given by the organisers was 'For the Social Good' with the aim of giving something back to the community by creating social interest apps which could benefit a local area.

Participants were split into teams and encouraged to be as creative as they liked using whatever data and tools they had at their disposal.

Judges Carey Hikes of Box UK, John Greenaway from Cardiff University's INSRV department, and Jenni Taylor, Web Content Editor from the University of Bath - all had a tough time deciding upon winners at the end of the day with every team producing interesting and innovative apps.

Three of the School's PhD students - Matt Williams, Mark Greenwood and Martin Chorley, scooped first prize with their app entitled 'Gritly', which mashes up historical road traffic accident data and real-time twitter feeds to provide a local map that shows the roads to avoid in icy/wintery weather.

A team of first year undergrads - Henry Hoggard, Joseph Redfern and Geraint Harries - showcased the extra techniques they are learning at the School’s Computing Club, as they finished runners up working with local web developer Warren Seymour to create 'NoteSlide', an online noticeboard system for universities and social clubs.

The Best Individual Developer prize also went to the School with third year student Tom Hancocks being awarded for his contribution to a local knowledge Q&A web app.

Congratulations to everybody involved in this successful event.