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CS Majors & CS Minor Win Prizes at HackRU

CS seniors Kevin Bohinski, Matthew Rasa, and David Vassallo, along with CS minor Patrick Monaghan, won two awards at the hackathon held at Rutgers University on October 22 and 23.

Their team, which competed against 47 other teams, won “Best Health Hack sponsored by Merck” and “Best Kiosk Hack sponsored by the New Brunswick Office of Innovation”. Together, they created an Amazon Alexa Skill named “Medecho” using Amazon’s Alexa platform, a voice only intelligent personal assistant. This skill connected to the FDA’s open source data API and the Twilio API to create an all voice medical assistant.

New Brunswick’s Office of Innovation has asked the team to iterate upon the project and to work with Robert Wood Johnson to implement the functionality in information kiosks across the city.

Each student received an Amazon Echo and a monetary prize of $256.


Congratulations to Kevin, Matthew, David, and Patrick!


More information on the team’s Medecho project can be found here:

Photos from HackRU can be found on the Major League Hacking facebook page.