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Tufts team wins MakeMIT

Monday, April 10, 2017
A team of Tufts Engineering undergraduates won first place in the MakeMIT hackathon, with their battery-operated sensor system to track a cyclist's posture.
Awards at MakeMIT

On February 25, a team of Tufts undergraduates won first place in the MakeMIT hackathon. Billed as “the world’s premiere hardware hackathon,” the event drew from a pool of competitors from local universities, as well as institutions like Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Michigan, and Cornell University.

The Tufts teamelectrical engineering majors Noel Hwang, E17, and Logan Garbarini, E18; mechanical engineering majors Jackson Bockhorst, E17, and Ethan Laverack, E17; and computer science major Christopher Hinstorff, E19—attributes its success to the experience and skillsets of its team members. Four of the five actively participate in making at Tufts, through organizations like Tufts Racing and through working in spaces like Bray Laboratory.

Their winning project, Sphnx, developed a simple battery-operated sensor system to track a cyclist's posture and provide realtime cycling position capture. The team credits their experience as makers for allowing them to take a problem, develop a solution, and then produce a working prototype in the span of only 17 hours.