Under the theme "Build Your Dreams," student organizers hosted the 2017 SD Hacks hackathon Oct. 20-22 in RIMAC Arena. On the first evening, a CSE Alumni Reception attracted some of the department's former students who were competing or serving as mentors during SD Hacks. Appetizers, desserts and beverages were served at the reception that was open to CSE alumni only.
Roughly 700 students from around the country took part in the hackathon this year. Computer engineering junior Elise Wong, lead organizer of SD Hacks 2017, told the UCSD Guardian newspaper that campus organizations played an important role in the event. "We have workshops run by other UCSD student orgs," she said. "The CSE Society held a workshop, App Developers at UCSD held a workshop, and VR Club at UCSD held a workshop. I think [it's] pretty cool that we work closely with those groups."
Other hacks submitted by the end of SD Hacks 2017 included "Dining with Alexa", which gives students access to daily menu information from cafeterias, restaurants and dining halls around campus using voice commands through Amazon's Alexa platform. It was built by CSE M.S. students Tushar Koul and Janet Johnson; visiting student in CSE from Germany, Markus Duecker; and Calvin Xavier Gomez, a recent CSE alumnus (M.S. '17).
SD Hacks 2017 was the third annual edition of the 36-hour event.