Author: Hanju Lee

Student Ventures

College students show off power, creativity of software systems…

Teams of college students from across the country gathered at the Johns Hopkins University’s biannual HopHacks event Sunday to show off.

They built software to help people seek out money lenders from remote parts of the world, even if they can’t read or write. An app that uses technology known as augmented reality to help the elderly fix their printers or log into their Facebook accounts. A program that maps out President Donald Trump‘s personal connections through an analysis of news articles.

All in less than two days.

It was a “hackathon,” in which engineers compete to build the most inventive and useful software applications over a sleep-deprived, Red Bull-fueled weekend. At the eighth iteration of HopHacks, sponsorships from companies like Capital One and Google gave the students access to their own complex programs and heavy-duty, lightning-speed computing power.

It’s a way for students who are relatively new to the field to test their skills and creativity using tools at the cutting edge of the industry they hope to join — and a chance for employers to start grooming them for their workforces.


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Here are the Most Innovative States in America in…

Massachusetts stole a second straight victory in Bloomberg’s ranking of the most innovative U.S. states, a testament to how much the economy’s wheels are greased by investment in higher education and research.

California again scored just behind Massachusetts, which gained ground by churning out more science and engineering graduates and producing jobs in those industries even though it had less technology company density than in 2015, according to the data compiled by Bloomberg.

The Bloomberg U.S. Innovation Index scored each of the 50 states on a 0-100 scale across six equally weighted metrics: R&D intensity; productivity; high-tech density; concentration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) employment; science and engineering degree holders; and patent activity.

Ranking leader Massachusetts has enjoyed a faster recovery from the last recession than most states and now boasts a 2.9 percent unemployment rate, leaving it tied for second-best in the country. That compares with a 4.6 percent national average.

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