Local Challenges Inspire Student Teams at Interdisciplinary Hackathon
DCR was proud to help sponsor, mentor and judge the 5th Annual Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Camp PolyHacks hackathon – which took place January 21-22, 2023 at the CIE Hothouse in Downtown SLO (where DCR also has our SLO office!).
Camp PolyHacks is described as “a student-run, multidisciplinary hackathon dedicated to social entrepreneurship and human-centered design.” (source)
Teams are allotted 24 hours to design a creative solution to one of several themed prompts. This year, one of the themes was all about local transportation and infrastructure!
During a pre-Hackathon orientation, DCR Partner David Figueroa collaborated with Cal Poly Professor Dr. Anurag Pande and SLOCOG Regional Transportation Planner John DiNunzio to present and describe the state of local and global transit – asking teams to focus on the challenges and opportunities related to transportation and mobility in the SLO region.
David also had the opportunity to serve as a mentor for participants and a judge on the panel. After the event, he shared his thoughts on what he experienced:
Fun fact: Our very own Linnéa Landgren (Graphic Designer at DCR) competed in Camp PolyHacks 2019 and received first place honors with her team. They created a demo for an app that helps people with limited mobility request support as they navigate public spaces and retail environments. We think that’s pretty cool!