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The Columbia team posing with their prize

The Columbia team posing with their prize

Senior Staff Writer (and potential Comp Sci major?) Rachel Deal sat down with Piyali Mukherjee and Annie Zhang to talk about their success at last weekend’s HackMIT competition.

Last weekend, a team of four Columbia students came in third place at HackMIT, a hackathon hosted every year at MIT. The team was made up of juniors Anshul Gupta, Jackie Luo, and Annie Zhang as well as senior Piyali Mukherjee. They developed an app called Sensei that takes footage from regular store cameras–like the ones found at any bodega or small shop–and analyzes movements, producing useful commercial data on customers’ experiences.

Piyali explained that their idea came from wanting to utilize something that people already have, and since she had experience with video processing, the team decided to focus on analyzing video from store cameras.

“All stores have cameras, but they don’t usually look at the footage until there is a robbery or theft. We decided to build this app so that small stores could utilize and analyze all this data they are already collecting,” said Piyali.

With online stores, one can easily track how people are interacting with the website, but the team’s app allows owners of real-life stores to understand the customer’s experience in their shop. With the app, store owners can figure out how many people are coming in, how long they’re staying, and which areas of the store are most popular. Piyali mainly worked on the movement detection algorithm, while the others worked on creating the actual app.

The hackers tell us more about the conference next.



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Baby got hack

Participants in Columbia’s Hackathon were hacking away from 9 pm Friday until 12 pm Saturday in John Jay Lounge. Bwog’s very own Sam “Ruby Prince” Aarons won the overall prize with his housing website that this isn’t a plug for at all. Lots of other cool and super helpful Columbia-centered apps were made, like one for dining hall hours and one for sports results. Hackers pitched ideas, formed teams and made their websites all in the time allotted. Congrats to all the hackers!

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This could be you.

DevFest, a “week long application development experience” sponsored by the Application Development Initiative, kicks off today in Davis Auditorium at 1:00 pm. According to a tipster, there will be a bounty of snacks including Chinese food and WestSide sandwiches—ample fuel for the 24-hour hackathon which begins today as well. DevFest runs all week, and features workshops from companies such as Foursquare and bit.ly, culminating in a “Demofest” next weekend where participants pitch their projects to an audience of startups and VCs. Our tech experts confirm that not only will there be “a shitton” of food, but it’s also a really cool event.

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Today, Columbia’s Application Development Initiative (ADI) launches DevFest, a week-long technology/business development experience. The group plans to host a series of lectures and workshops, with guest speakers like Matt LeMay of bit.ly fame and Anoop Ranganath, the lead iPhone developer at FoursquareFred Wilson from Union Square Ventures will be present at the culminating “Demofest.” As Bwog webmaster Hans Hyttinen tells us, “It’s a big fucking deal.”

Head over to CEPSR’s Davis Auditorium at 1 p.m. for lots of free food at DevFest’s kick-off event—a Hackathon! Bwog hopes it’s as exciting as it looked on The Social Network.

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