Students at MSU designed and implemented the first HackState Hackathon at MSU. An annual Major League Hacking (MLH) hackathon, it is a sprint-like coding competition. Over the course of 24 hours, teams designed and built a new computer-oriented project, such as a web application, mobile application, or a hardware innovation. Two of the main leaders of the effort were Natalie Larkin and Kourtney Atwell, both CS students. Winners of the 2017 event are:
Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device
David Mentgen III
Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS
Best Domain Name from Domain.com
(What The Fridge?)
Best Safety Hack - International Paper
J. Dalton Childers
First Time Hackers - Babel Street
(Rocket City Events)
Mississippi Aspirations in Computing winner and National Honorable Mention awardee Zoe Bush partnered with MSAWC Alliance member Robin Kurtz-Lendner at the Center for Social Entrepreneurship to offer an NCWIT AspireIT camp in Jackson MS. GC3-Girls Code. Create. Connect. introduced 15 girls to computing concepts with fun, interactive activities. Rimika Banerjee, MS Aspirations in Computing winner, assisted.
The 2017 Aspirations in Computing Mississippi Affiliate event was held on Friday, February 24, in Canton MS. This year, 13 girls received the honorable mention award and 15 girls were Mississippi AiC winners. Two of those winners were also National Honorable Mention awardees. Five teachers were honored for their role in encouraging young women on the computing pathway. Mississippi had record-breaking applications in the student and teacher categories! See the list of high school student winners here: http://www.bagley.msstate.edu/news/release-msu-and-ncwit-recognize-28-high-school-women-for-computing-aspirations/
Sarah Darrow, MSU CS student and Aspirations in Computing National & Alabama Affiliate Winner, partnered with ProjectCSGIRLS to offer a one day workshop at Mississippi State University on Saturday, February 3 2017 for girls in 6th - 8th grades. This hands-on workshop taught programming concepts including mobile app development, artificial intelligence, cryptography, and game programming. Watch the WCBI coverage here: http://www.wcbi.com/one-program-encourages-young-female-students-pursue-interests-computer-science-field/
Aspirations in Computing winner Mary Lee, with assistance from winner Heather Bostick, hosted a computing day camp for girls in Columbus MS in 2016. Funding for the camp was provided primarily by NCWIT's AspireIT program. Read about the camp in the Commercial Dispatch article: http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=51120
At the MSU Bulldog Bytes Digital Divas GenCyber camp in 2016, Dr. Phyllis Miller, Professor in Fashion Design and Merchandising, showed our Bulldog Bytes campers how computing technology is used in fashion design.
Young women in middle and high school who attend Mississippi State's Bulldog Bytes residential camps sharpen their computational thinking skills and learn to build and program robots. They also learn about cybersecurity and how to be responsible digital citizens.
The Mississippi Computing & Cybersecurity Equitable EDucation Space (MSuCCEEDS) has been created in Butler Hall at MSU. This lab space provides comfortable work space for female students in engineering and science based computing majors, space for computing outreach programs to be held for under-resourced students across the state, and a suit closet to provide interview clothes for women who may not be able to afford to purchase this type of clothing. Watch this site for updates! A formal 'grand opening' will be held in early 2018.