09 February 2018
King's students win Facebook Hackathon & place at global final in San Francisco
King's students win a place at Facebook's Hackathon final in San Francisco
A team of 3 King’s Computer Science students and a student from the University of Leicester have won Facebook’s London Hackathon with their venture ProductR.
Joshua Bradbury, Mahyad Ghassemibouyaghchi, Jérôme de Chillaz and Marek Gaj took part in an all-night Hackathon on 3-4 February at Facebook’s London offices. Teams of university students brainstormed ideas and used their coding and engineering skills to come up with innovative new solutions and ways to disrupt industries.
The team won for their Augmented Reality app which recognises movies by looking at a poster or section of a film and overlays a link to its trailer and more information.
The judges were impressed by the app’s creativity and near perfect accuracy.
The team will compete at Facebook’s Global Hackathon in San Francisco this November.
Mahyad said, "We're very excited to have won and to get the opportunity to compete in California. We hope to develop the app further, extending it to display nutritional information about food that you see in shops and also to see reviews for items/be able to buy them online. We hope to develop it into a fully marketable product and we feel with the support from the Entrepreneurship Institute as well as societies like KCL Tech and the resources available to us at King's we can make this jump.”