WE FIND THE NEXT STEVE JOBS – Brickhack 2018


– Hey folks, what’s up? My name is Noah Chrysler, the RIT Newsman and this, is BrickHack 2018! (upbeat techno music) We are here at BrickHack 2018 it’s a hack-a-thon, basically
all of these different teams of hackers and coders and
all sorts of designers. They all come with an idea
and make a thing in 24 hours. It’s this cool event with lots of snacks and very little sleep. (upbeat techno music) We are here with – Carl Domingo – You started this event four years ago. Can you explain the general
concept of a hack-a-thon? – It’s an invention marathon,
so students will come here for 24 hours long and
just build something. They build a game, build an application and so it’s a really cool
opportunity to just be like really creative outside
of what you do in class. One of my friends actually
built a self driving car so they used their own car, slapped a Kinect on the front of the car, it’s pretty cool, actually
a little, kind of scary. (upbeat techno music) – We are here with,
– Zack – Now Zack, you mentioned, that you are working on a laundry app? – I’ve had a lot of problems with laundry. You know you’d go down
with your laundry basket only to find that all the
washers or dryers are occupied. We are going to use a
Rasberry Pi to determine if the machine is shaking or not. I have a very quick mock-up, because if we notice any
problems right off the bat they are easier to fix now, before we started writing any code. Who knows in 12, 15 hours
where we will be here. (upbeat techno music) – We are here with
– Jacob Giordano – Give me a run down
of what Pixel Rush is. – A boss rush game that’s pixelated. – Events like this, do you
think they add to the overall education experience that RIT provides? – Definitely, I think the
greatest experience of them all is working on your own personal projects. It really lets the
creative side of you flow. (upbeat techno music) – We are here with
– Stefan Marchart, it’s an open source Python
based music visualizer and the ultimate hope is to take the frequency and
wave form information and have it correspond to
light flashing patterns and display it on Philips Hue lights. – So what kind of hardware
are you working with? – A set of Philips Hue bulbs, I cannibalized them from our apartments so when we get home at
the end of BrickHack we’re gonna have no lights anywhere. (upbeat techno music) – We are here with
– Allison, we are trying to create
an Amazon Echo skill that would allow you to
make an itinerary with the downtime that you have over a trip. So, like if you have any
layovers, it will give you suggestions of what you’re
gonna do on that time. (upbeat techno music) – We are here with
– Austin McChord – Now Austin, you just
gave a huge donation to RIT a couple months ago right.
– I did. – How do you think your education from RIT helped you in your career. – So, I think that RIT
gave me an opportunity to explore so many different areas, and I worked on a project with Dr. Skuse, which is where I learned PHP, which ends up being an
underpinning of a lot of the stuff that actually happens at Datto, so, without my career here at RIT there’s no way I would have
the success that I have today. – What do you think is cool about hack-a-thon’s or BrickHack, in general. – Just taking stuff apart,
learning new things, trying different projects, like, that’s my favorite thing
to do in the world. And anything we can do to
support it is a great thing. (upbeat techno music) – What problems have you run into? – Beyond spending four hours slamming my head against the desk, I’ve finally made some
decent progress with it. – Can you kind of explain, a little bit, kind of how it works. You know not explain it like I’m five, but it explain it like I’m a two year old, because I really don’t know. – [Stefan] At the most basic level, it’s just detecting differences in volume. So, if there’s a huge
bass drop or something, it would flash much faster. (upbeat techno music) – So, we’re back here with
Zack and the laundry app. – Kind of is working, it’s not
connecting to any servers yet so it’s just saying that
zero washers and zero dryers are available, we’re making progress. – How much leeway have
we made hardware wise? – I’ve broken three devices so far, if even a little bit of
static touches this module, the whole thing breaks. – Feel like laundry rooms
definitely have a lot of static, cause there’s a lot of laundry in there. – Oh, wow! (laughing) (upbeat techno music) – So what’s the status of Pixel Rush? (laughing) – You’re doing the art
for Pixel Rush, correct? – Yeah, I am. – Could we possibly do like, news monkey? He’s like an evil gorilla, and he’s wearing a bureaucratic suit, he has an orange tie and
he likes to tell the news, and he’s a microphone. Is that okay? – Sure! – Oh my god! You’re the best! – So they’re having me
record voices for the game, I’m so excited, I’ve
always wanted to do this. This is gonna be great. Rush! Rush! Rush! (upbeat techno music) – This is the last part of
the 24 hours of BrickHack. And we’re about to talk
to a team that created one of the most revolutionary
pieces of technology I think 2018 is yet to see. – My name is Kashyap Garimella, I am the proud creator of Rate Your Dab. We’re taking people’s dabs
from all over the web, we take your picture and we relate you to the best and brightest
in the dabbing industry. – [Student] 68% – [Noah] 68%! I need to get
better. I need to train. (upbeat techno music) We’re back with
– A very tired Zach – Incredibly tired Connor. – Basically, our thing
is composed of two parts, we got an app and little units, that look like laundry machine. We’re going to use a
vibration app on our phone to simulate a washer machine moving. And the app should update,
and some cool animation should appear on the machine. – Oh cool! Then it talks to the… I love it. (upbeat techno music) We are here once more with – Stefan Marchart – Hold on Stefan, let’s wait one second Now Stefan, you’ve been up
all night, give us the update. – It actually works now, which is nice. It does different effects with the lights, based on how loud and how close
to that maximum percentage. – Do you have any tips
for future BrickHackers? – Bring a ton of caffeine, and be prepared to make some friends here. (upbeat techno music) – Alright guys! So you just won an
award at BrickHack 2018, can you please tell me the
secret to your victory? – Listen my dude, it’s all about synergy, if it’s shakin’, it’s taken. (car engine humming) – Guys, thanks so much for watching. If you enjoyed this video, make sure you share it on your timeline! Cause that seriously, it does help us out. The RIT Newsman is made possible by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, their page is in the
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you need to know to apply. Guys, have a great day, goodbye! That’s my car, so I need to go get that. (laughing) Where’d they go! Guys?

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