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UI CS Students Win Midwest Big Data Hackathon

Winning teammates of Midwest Big Data Hackathon

Team Members (L to R): Joshua Friede (CS BS), Heather Kemp (BA/MCS), and Alic Szecsei (MCS)

About the Hackathon:

Midwest Big Data Hackathon is a 24 hour hackathon with 200 participants, held September 16 - 17, 2017 at University of Iowa in the heart of downtown Iowa City, USA.

About the Winning Team and its project:

"As users of the Twitter platform, we were very interested in the way that different communities form and interact. When users cluster into these communities, content is shared between them naturally through different transmissions. Thus, visualizing this information and ultimately seeing how posts are transmitted and spread throughout the network could lead to more information on how to prevent abuse of the system and ways to prevent targeted harassment campaigns.

The Internet of Followers (IoF) allows users to have an innovative VR experience which allows them to delve through the wide-reaching space of Twitter networks. Users will be able to walk firsthand through the follower network and see as clusters form as different users follow each other."

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Other Computer Science Hackathon honors include PhD student Pooya Rahimian's second place overall and Tech Domain Award with teammates Babak Haghighi and Ali Mokhtari, respectively Mechanical and Civil Engineering students; as reported in The UI Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering's latest newsletter.