WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – More than 400 computer programming students used their hacking skills to compete for $10,000 in prizes at the first “BoilerMake”, otherwise known as the “Super Bowl” of hacking at Purdue this weekend.
During the 36-hour event, teams showed off their skills by creating software such as applications and other forms of technology. Event director Kirby Kohlmorgen said the competition showcases programmers’ ability to quickly create ideas and allows them to show-off their talents to potential employers.
“This is the new career fair. Your’re not standing in line waiting to hand your resume to someone. This is the real deal. This is experience,” said Kohlmorgen.
Sponsors of the event including large technology companies like Google and Intel, who often recruit skilled students from the event, our sister station WLFI reports.
BoilerMake was also a way for the students to show that being a hacker isn’t always a bad thing.
“We say hackers are people who create something. It’s called a hack-a-thon because you hack something together in 36 hours,” said Kohlmorgen.
As the students continue to recover from the 36 hours of hacking, Purdue Student Andrew Lapp said seeing the finished product is worth the lack of sleep.
“It’s great to build an app and actually get experience doing that. It’s just a fun experience,” said Lapp.