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Hampton University Students Place First in 2018 Google DC Hack Competition
02/12/2018 - #137

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 12, 2018) — Students from the Hampton University Department of Computer Science won first place in the Google DC Hack Competition Feb. 10 and 11. 

“Congratulations to the young men and women that finished in first place,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey. “Their efforts continue to demonstrate why Hampton University students are being sought out by industry leaders worldwide.”

The Google DC Hack Competition is a 24-hour event, which pitted Hampton University students against rival Howard University and Morgan State University students. At the event, computer programmers and others involved in software development collaborate intensively on software projects. The competition ran noon, Feb. 10 until noon Feb. 11.

“We are proud of our students,” said Dr. Jean Muhammad, Department Chair. “We had 25 students participate. Each team had to create their own application with zero information prior to their arrival and then present it to Google engineers. Our winning team featured four current Google interns from our department.”

Sophomores Marcus Sellars, Tauren Bass, Taya Simmons, Coleman Scott IV and Xavier Horton won first place for their app "OpenSeats," a social platform designed to fill all the open seats at a dinner table. It gives its users the ability to signal when they plan on going to dinner as an open invitation to people in the area.

“OpenSeats is a social platform designed to bring people together through a universal common interest: food,” said Sellars. “Through a clean and simple interface, users can schedule (or join ongoing) meals, at any restaurant, at any time, and watch as friendly and unique people join them. OpenSeats is designed for those who wish to network, explore, and meet incredible new people. Whether you simply want a new face to join you for a drink, or you're in a new city and want to find the perfect group of friends, OpenSeats can help you accomplish both. And what better way to do that than over a great meal.”

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