The University of Texas at Austin’s GAMMA Program Hosts First Jobs2Careers Hackathon

February 28, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas – Last night, the University of Texas at Austin’s Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA) Program hosted the first Jobs2Careers Hackathon. Computer Science students came together on February 27th in a competition to solve two complex coding problems in only two hours at The Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall (GDC).

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David Wetterau & Zhao Wu

Jobs2Careers, an online job aggregator, kicked off the event by presenting two coding challenges they handle on a day-to-day basis:

  1. Crawl a customer website and output that information into a new format.
  2. Create a program that finds all the surrounding zip codes when given a specific zip code and a search radius.

The contestants who were able to solve both problems in the given time had the chance to win a 1 TB G-Drive, 2 Flat-Screen Monitors, or, the grand prize, a MacBook Pro.

In the end, David Wetterau, a Computer Science major and Turing Scholar, won the grand prize. “David was the only one who completed both problem sets correctly,” said Zhao Wu, VP of Engineering at Jobs2Careers. “We were incredibly impressed with what he was able to accomplish in such a short amount of time.”

“It’s always exciting to see students get challenged with real industry problems they are going to have to face after they graduate,” stated Dr. Paul Toprac, Associate Director of the GAMMA Program. “I am glad to see the students stepped up to the challenge.” The next Jobs2Careers Hackathon will be held in the Spring semester of 2015.

For more information, contact: Cameron M. Weed, Game and Mobile Media Applications Program, 512 475 6602.