Ah PennApps, small, delightful dishes of food that Quakers enjoy before a main course in order to stimulate the appetite. But also a semesterly reminder that what many SEASers lack in social life and hours of sleep, they make up for in hackathon winnings.
This past weekend, a buncha CS-minded n3rd$ (nerdspeak for 'nerds') from all over the world came to compete for a piece of dat $30K in our very own Engineering Quad. Fueled by pizza and confidence, these hackers cooked up apps that attracted sponsors like Venmo, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Other Companies I Wish I Could Intern At Because Their Offices Look Really Cool.
As you might expect, a lot of neat and…ahem, quirky stuff was born during the 48 hours of PennApps Spring 2014, so we didja a solid and sorted out the Facebooks from the Faceplants:
1st place: Homework HelpTake academic dishonesty to the next level with a smart machine that can interpret math problems and write out solutions in your handwriting + gives you more time to appreciate the finer things in life - your study group wonders why you don't need them anymore - lifelong guilt
2nd place: PipeTeXMakes it easier to write documents involving math equations (e.g. 2 + 2 = 4) + CaMeLcApS + really great for people who like math - unclear why it's called PipeTeX, but probably obvious to someone who cares
3rd place: GoogolPlexLets third-party apps use Siri, so you can Instagram, Venmo, Spotify and more all with the touch of a voice + finally get some use out of Siri - you have to say "GoogolPlex" before a command - how does Google feel about all this???
Good Lookin': whaticookupIdentifies ingredients in a picture you take and says what you can make from them + literally an app that can help you make app-etizers (sorry) - useless when your fridge is empty - always comes up with 'smoothie'
For The Birds: Be the BirdLets you control the bird in Flappy Bird clones by flapping your arms + they have a video demonstration + genius - your high score is still, like, 2
Picture Perfect: PerfectPictureA camera app that doesn't take a group picture until everyone is smiling and has their eyes open + photobombers have to be smiling to be successful - difficult to use at a funeral + jk, they have an option to turn the smile requirement off
A Plus For Effort: PennCoursePlusA Chrome extension that displays PennCourseReview ratings within Penn InTouch's course listings + spares us the extra tab and the searching, oh the searching + something we didn't know we wanted so bad - wasn't available last semester
Said Ooh Girl, Shock Me Like: The Electric EelNo joke, this is a controllable electric condom that delivers small shocks to your peepee for maximum pleasure. + this actually fucking exists + it's like a prototype and everything + "...the designs have all been personally tested by the design team for their effectiveness and safety." + it's open source + MGMT
All On The Floor: Smack That!Silence your phone instantly by smacking it + an outlet for sexual frustration - draw even more attention to yourself when your phone goes off in class
Aight: EyeWriteLets you select inputs and control your iPad with only your eye movements + medical utility, important, makes the world a better place, greater good, wow - the hack name makes way too much sense
That's all, folks! Except it's not. Check out the entire submission gallery here.