5 Computer Science Engineering students from CETYS Universidad Campus Tijuana, lived the experience of H4CKATHON 2023, in which 12 schools from the country participated, in the end they returned with a second and third place in different categories.
Gabriela Sanchez Alcaráz, Carlos Rincon Rey, Leobardo Argüelles Medina, Melany Palomares Alaniz, Metzli Celeste López Verdugo, were selected after an internal competition at CETYS Tijuana, and from May 10 to 12 they went to the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey to develop a project with social impact, through the iOS Development Lab throughout Mexico.
The objective of the Hackathon was to inspire the members of the iOS Lab communities in the country through a competition where they proposed to find solutions to specific problems within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, within the methodology of a reduced time window using Apple technologies.
The students were divided into 3 teams and participated in two categories, one worked with the objective of health in mixed teams, each team had 3 members.
Metzli Celeste López Verdugo obtained second place in the category that addressed the goal of gender equality, while Gabriela Sanchez Alcaráz, Carlos Rincon Rey, and Leobardo Argüelles Medina obtained third place in the traditional category that addressed the SDG that promotes mental health.
“I am entering the race and having participated in a national competition at Tec de Monterrey is something new and motivating, I learned many things, I met people from other states of the republic, I was able to relate and I have already met other iOS Labs”, mentioned Metzli, whose project tried to create a playful application for children, which promoted the eradication of gender stereotypes.
“The relevance of this competition is professional and personal development, technical and social skills for events that happen in real life and for our work stage,” added Carlos Rincón Rey, who with his work team sought to apply the use of augmented reality in mental health.
The five selected were accompanied by Mr. Arturo Escoto Méndez, a professor at the School of Engineering and who was part of the team of professors that searched for the best candidates for the School of Engineering at the Tijuana Campus.