Hundreds of college students deprived themselves of sleep for 48 hours over the weekend in a computer hacking marathon at the University of Missouri that has tripled in size since its inaugural weekend last year.
HackMizzou, which ran through Sunday, was a â€œhackathonâ€ in Columbia at which roughly 350 students competed for a $4,000 technology prize pack, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported.
Organizers said the event would yield some â€œamazing projects,â€ like Bully Finder, software created by one student hacker at last yearâ€™s event that allows parents to access their childâ€™s social network profile and search for abusive behavior.
â€œThe best way I can describe a hackathon is an invention competition,â€ said Mike Swift, commissioner of Major League Hacking, the governing body of all things hacking. â€œItâ€™s a celebration of building.â€
University of Missouri senior Gabrielle Perdieu, a business major who organized HackMizzou, said nearly half of the weekendâ€™s participants were from Mizzou, while others came from the University of Illinois, Purdue University and other colleges.