Hackathon 2019

The College of Computing and Software Engineering (CCSE) Hackathon is our college's premier event in showcasing student talent and connecting companies to our students. Through dedicated "threads" (aka themes) within the event, companies can raise awareness of opportunities for students to work with them, increase brand awareness, and locate top talent for computing workforce. Students can hone their skills, apply the knowledge they gain inside the classroom in authentic, real-world problems, and connect with internship and job opportunities.

Come together with friends and other students, meet new people, strengthen your design and development skills, and connect with companies eager to identify talent and see what you can make… all within one weekend. This hackathon will strengthen your resume, let you apply what you’re doing in the classroom into real-world scenarios, and let you earn valuable cash, prizes, and awards (over $15k in prize money available)!

The CCSE Hackathon is open to all undergraduate and graduate CCSE (ACS, BASIT, IT, CS, SWE, CGDD and PhD in Data Science and Analytics).

Each industry sponsor will present challenges related to their thread of industry. Multiple challenges are possible for each sponsor. In each of these challenges, students will be chosen to form teams of 3 (and strictly no more than 3) to solve these challenges presenting the best of our students in Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering and Game Development. Many different skillsets on every team are desired for the best results for our industry leaders.

Hackathon 2019 Winners

  • 1st Place – Christina Sylvestre

    2nd Place – Pedro Rebollar

    3rd Place – Kyse Ghashim

  • 1st Place

    • Swetha Adoni Prasad
    • Kavyasree Bezugam
    • Charishma Macherla

    2nd Place

    • Caitlyn Murphy
    • Lydia Vaine
    • Alex Henson 

    3rd Place

    • Adnan Rashied
    • Jennifer Nguyen
    • Harriet Haisty
  • 1st Place

    • David Blunk
    • Andrew Goeden
    • Nicholas Capparelli

    2nd Place

    • Karl Kevin Tiba Fossoh
    • Victor Youdom Kenmoe
    • Jordan Giovanni Bamou Nana

    3rd Place

    • Andrew Johnson
    • Quinton Taylor
    • Adam Salam
  • 1st Place

    • Dakota Lance
    • Leeford Nduru
    • Daniel Rimmel

    2nd Place

    • Himaja Sri
    • Merlyn Sequeira
    • Vannel Zeufack

    3rd Place

    • Robert Mitchell
    • Matthew Virga
    • Caleb Mauldin
  • 1st Place

    • Hye Kang
    • Shinae Choi
    • Sri Mallapragad

    2nd Place

    • Anthony Phan
    • Noah Gardner
    • Jiaming Li

    3rd Place

    • Alex Manzer
    • Brandon Tedeschi
    • Mustak Ahmed
  • 1st Place

    • Alec Graves
    • Nihad Kalathingal
    • Song Chung

    2nd Place

    • Asa Bennett
    • Walker Sasser
    • Nicholas Green

    3rd Place

    • Rebekah Roepke
    • Peter Hansen
    • Ava Podrazhansky

Sponsor Tech Workshops – Resources

Sponsor Challenges

Event Schedule

Download Event Schedule (PDF)


  • Student and Sponsor Check-In

    • Time: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
    • Location: Joe Mack Wilson Student Center (A) Ballroom
    • Parking: Sponsor and Visitor Parking is in Lot P51 (near Student Center)
    • Pizza will be served at 4:30 pm in the Student Center Ballroom for checked in students and sponsors. You must have an official Hackathon badge to receive food.
    • All students must check in to participate in the Hackathon.
    • Sponsors can check in anytime between 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

    Hackathon Welcome

    • Time: 6:00 – 6:30 pm
    • Location: Student Center Theater
    • Welcome from CCSE and the Sponsors in the Student Center Theater
    • Dawn Tatum will introduce one sponsor representative on stage to students –  the sponsor will have a 5 minute introduction.

    Mentoring Sessions with Sponsors

    • Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
    • Location: Student Center Ballroom
    • Students will meet with their sponsors for the official kickoff challenge and receive their t-shirts and #Slack invite.
    • Sponsor
    • Anthem
      Student Center Ballroom A
    • Equifax
      Student Center Ballroom B
    • HPCC Systems
      Atrium (J) Building – Room 263 (Open Lab)
    • InComm
      Student Center – Room 216
    • MagMutual
      Student Center – Room 215
  • Mentoring Sessions with Sponsors

    • Time: All day
    • Location: See Mentoring Sessions with Sponsors from Wednesday, September 25
    • Parking: Sponsor and Visitor Parking is in Lot P51 (near Marietta Student Center)
    • Students can communicate with their mentors through the #Slack throughout the day/evening (please ask your mentors when they will be monitoring) (i.e. don't expect responses at 3:00 am unless they tell you they will be on at 3:00 am)
    • Monitor the #Slack – #ksuccsehackathon
  • Mentoring Sessions with Sponsors

    • Time: 4:00 – 8:00 pm
    • Location: See Mentoring Sessions with Sponsors
    • Parking: Sponsor and Visitor Parking is in Parking Deck P60 – Fourth Floor
    • Chik-fil-A Nugget dinner will be served in J Building Lobby at 5:30 pm (students must have official Hackathon badge to receive food).
    • Sponsor
    • Anthem
      Atrium (J) Building – Room 260
    • Equifax
      Atrium (J) Building – Room 152
    • HPCC Systems
      Atrium (J) Building – Room 263 (Open Lab)
    • InComm
      Atrium (J) Building – Room 156
    • MagMutual
      Atrium (J) Building – Room 262 
  • Judging Sessions with Sponsors

    • Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Location: See Judging Sessions with Sponsors
    • Parking: Sponsor and Visitor Parking is in Parking Deck P60 – Fourth Floor
    • Pizza will be served in the Atrium (J) Building Lobby at 12:00 pm for lunch (students must have official Hackathon badge to receive food).
    • Sponsor
    • Anthem
      Atrium (J) Building – Room 156
    • Equifax
      Atrium (J) Building – Room 152
    • HPCC Systems
      Atrium (J) Building – Room 263 (Open Lab)
    • InComm
      Atrium (J) Building – Room 158
    • MagMutual
      Atrium (J) Building – Room 262

    Awards Ceremony

    • Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
    • Location: Marietta Event Center (Gymnasium)
    • Parking: Sponsor and Visitor Parking is in Parking Deck P60 – Fourth Floor
    • Students must check-in upon arrival with Hackathon badge to be seated.
    • Dinner will be served in the Marietta Event Center (Gymnasium). The buffet dinner will include gluten free options.

    Awards Ceremony Itinerary

    • Time
    • 5:00 – 5:45 pm


    • 5:45 – 6:00 pm

      CCSE Welcome

    • 6:00 – 6:15 pm

      Thanks and T-Shirt Awards

    • 6:15 – 7:30 pm

      Sponsor Award Presentations

      HPCC Systems

    • 7:30 – 7:45 pm


    • 7:30 – 8:00 pm

      Group team photos with sponsor



Register for Hackathon

You can select to register your Team and Create a Team Name, followed by the information for all team members at once. No more than three members will be allowed for your team. Please pick your primary choice for a challenge. You can come back to your registration and make changes up to the date of the kickoff. If you do not have a team, one will be assigned to you and published prior so you can communicate with them prior to the kickoff. You will be allowed to change teams and challenges during the kickoff check-in process depending on slots available. Each sponsor will have a cap for the number of teams/slots available. Best to pick your favorite early! Picking a sponsor will not guarantee you will be on that team – it will be first come, first serve!

Food and snacks will be provided throughout the week and weekend during the Hackathon, computer labs will be open for working on projects with industry sponsors and faculty during the weekend, attendees can come and go as needed throughout the weekend (and work on projects off campus), with the exception of Wednesday and Saturday when all attendees are expected to attend the final presentations and awards dinner.


Not quite ready for Hackathon? Volunteer! Get your free signature t-shirt and join the fun.
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Visit our SignUp event page.
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
  3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

If you have any questions concerning eligibility or about the event itself, contact the event coordinator Dawn Tatum (dtatum7@kennesaw.edu).


Thank you to all of our generous sponsors: Anthem, Equifax, HPCC Systems, InComm and MagMatual! Please see below for parking information for our sponsors:

  • Wednesday, September 25: Lot P51
  • Friday, September 27: Deck P60
  • Saturday, September 28: Deck P60
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Hackathon 2019 Sponsors

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