Huawei Student Developers (HSD) join Hack Cambridge Atlas for the First Time – one of the largest student hackathons in the United Kingdom
Huawei proudly supported and sponsored the Hack Cambridge Atlas 24-hour event which took place in the heart of Cambridge on 22-23 January 2022. This year’s event was the 7th iteration of the successful student-run hackathon which saw teams hack together, network and learn at the event workshops. The hybrid-event which is endorsed by the University of Cambridge welcomed over 400 developers in total with those who were unable to attend in person joining the event virtually.
The Huawei workshop was a hub of activity throughout the event as developers visited to network and learn. The theme of Machine Learning was covered at the workshop, with developers given insights on how Machine Learning can be used to create life-changing apps. Participants at the workshop had the opportunity to take a close look at the case study of Storysign, the app powered by Huawei AI that translates words into sign language, opening the world of reading to deaf children. The theme of developing wearables was also on the agenda at the Huawei workshop as developers had a hands-on experiencing discovering how apps can be developed for Huawei Watches and what future trends are emerging in this sphere of technology.
The theme for the Huawei Challenge at the hackathon was related to climate action and sustainability, with participants encouraged to create a mobile app that used Huawei Mobile Services to promote an innovative and sustainable approach to help United Nation sustainability Development Goal 13 (Climate Action). The winning project was CarbonSee, an app that was built on HMS Core and uses Machine Learning that allows users to accurately track and understand their carbon footprint. By scanning photos of every-day grocery shopping the app gives a sense of which items contribute the most and least to climate change, helping inform the user’s actions to lessen their climate impact.
This year’s event was the first hybrid hosting of the hackathon since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, and there was a sense of enthusiasm and excitement from the developers, sponsors and organisers. The event concluded with an award ceremony after the completion of the Expo in which the various teams presented a demo of their work and had the opportunity to view the innovative projects of other participants. Huawei Developers Advocates provide support and guidance to young developers and look forward to assisting them in showcasing their work at HSD events in the near future.
About Huawei Student Developers
Huawei Student Developers (HSD) is a global program for college and university students who share a passion for new technology. Students from undergraduate and graduate programs that are keen to develop and grow as a developer are welcome to join this new and innovative programme. https://developer.huawei.com/consumer/en/programs/hsd/