Student hackathons at colleges and universities are all the rage now and the fall season was recently kicked off at University of Pennsylvania with their PennApps hackathon over the September 6 – 8 weekend. Chegg was excited to be part of the action by being a sponsor at PennApps! Being one of the largest university hackathons, more than 1,000 students globally came to spend 48 hours coming up with innovative ideas, vying for prizes, networking with other students and companies, and trying to get by with as little sleep as possible.
Chegg was well represented with employees from Engineering and Recruiting to help mentor students with technology questions and internship and job search questions. We were also represented with hackers, having 3 of our summer interns, Max from U Penn, Matt from Miami University, and Blaise from Johns Hopkins University, all hacking! Another Chegg engineering intern, Geoff from U Penn, helped organize the whole event!
As a sponsor, Chegg presented an award to the student team who built the best hack that made students lives’ better. Over 125 teams submitted to be considered for Chegg’s prize! Out of the many awesome submissions, we chose the hack from team ReviewWith.us who built a product allowing students to collaborate with people taking the same class to create a study guide with various levels of student engagement. This team won a cash prize and a free semester of Homework Help from Chegg. Well done team!
There were a variety of other prizes and Chegg is proud of our intern Max who made it into the top twenty finalists with his project, Juke. Congratulations, Max!
All in all, we were really impressed with the level of talent and dedication these students had throughout the whole weekend and look forward to being part of many other hackathons in the future!