Last weekend fifty-one computer science, graphic design, and business-minded students took over Jabs Hall for twenty-four hours to build, code, draw and hack together the programs, websites, and games they had always dreamed of making. The event, considered by many students as a trial by fire, tested and demonstrated just how much these students could accomplish in a short amount of time.
Code|24 began with an hour of ideation and team building, where teams are challenged to form interdisciplinary teams and present a vision for type of project their idea could be by the end of the event. They then worked through the night, fueled only by the caffeine donated by Voke Tab and Rockstar, building their idea into a minimum viable product. It was inspiring to see how hard each team worked only taking short breaks to eat a snack, test out another team's app, or get twenty minutes of rest in the only sleeping bag the team had remembered to bring. All of this hard work was built up in preparation for the final hour of Code|24 where judges from the community arrived to test what each team had built.
Each and every team managed to build amazing prototypes ranging from bluetooth indoor navigation to VR games to websites that tracked every pitch of a baseball game. It was not an easy task for the judges, but three teams rose to the top.
First Place: Star Blocks
Team TeamyMcTeamFace came in first place with their side scrolling Mario-esque game StarBlocks. Complete with animations, enemies and obstacles to avoid judges thought Star Blocks was not only fun to play and looked great but while testing seemed polished and complete.
Most Entertaining: Stupid Code
Team Stupid Code returned from their second place win last year with an HTC Vive and an apatite to wow the judges. Their VR experience put the player in the shoes of a tiny individual exploring the toys and wonders of a child's room.
Most Useful: MSU Bytes
MSU Bytes took home the most useful prize for their work on an app to help find study partners in your area, by inserting the class you need to study for, MSU Bytes app was able to find other interested individuals and place them on a map of nearby students. MSU Bytes also won the OneFaceIn challenge managing to fool the biometric based log-in service's security in under half an hour.
Overall the event was a massive success. The LaunchCats team is excited to be able to continue to provide entrepreneurial experiences to students of all disciplines and will be continuing with this style of event next semester with it's Launch|24 series. LaunchCats would also like to extend a huge thank you to Workiva, Rockstar, and VokeTab, without whom this event would not have been possible.