Black Enterprise Techconnext Summit Hackathon

Bevel CEO, Tristan Walker

I just participated in my third hackathon this past weekend in San Fransisco, California. My team Bear Squad was representing Morgan State University in competition with nine other HBCUs from around the nation. Other schools in the competition included Howard University, North Carolina A&T University, Morehouse College, Alabama A&M University, Tuskegee University, Southern University and A&M College, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, and Johnson C. Smith University. It was wonderful seeing the other HBCUs bring out their passionate budding software developers in a friendly competition. In addition to the hackathon we were allowed to attend the Techconnect Summit that was also happening that week. I was most excited because I was able to meet Tristan Walker the founder of Code2040 and Bevel.

LinkedIn and Cloud Foundry Company Visits

The hackathon participants were allowed to visit the company partners of LinkedIn and AT&T Cloud Foundry. First we went to AT&T Cloud Foundry which was a small but, very nice and modern office in the Valley. Some of us had more fun than others. LOL

Bear Squad’s App

Drift : App Prototype

The application my team built is called Drift. The hackathon requirements were that teams had to build a mobile application using the Ionic Framework in addition to utilizing a few outlined APIs. This was a structured hackathon designed to make participants get used to some tools used in the industry. We created an application that was a reward system for safe driving. It would combine social media aspects and a coupon reward system to help lower the number of fatalities through driving. The GitHub repository is located at: