Monash IT students fly to Facebook HQ to compete in global hackathon

13 November 2017

Excited Monash University IT students are set to travel to the United States to compete against 16 teams from around the world in Facebook’s 2017 global hackathon.

Hugo Müller-Downing and Josh Parnham are recent Bachelor of Computer Science graduates, Daniel Sykes-Turner is a Bachelor of Software Engineering student, and Nathan Malishev is currently studying his Masters of Software Engineering.

Entry into the global competition came as the result of the team’s win at the Facebook Melbourne Hack in May. “It’s been quite a process to get into this hackathon” Daniel said. “To enter the Melbourne hackathon we all had to pre-qualify through a programming test which only let in the top 17%”.

The team will be flown to Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, where they will have the chance to meet the other finalists, and attend talks on technology and tours of the Facebook campus before the hackathon begins. “This will be an amazing opportunity,” Daniel said.

Teams of university students will have 24 hours to create a working technological product from scratch.

While Sydney have represented Australia at the global hackathon since 2015, this is the first year a team from Melbourne has been invited. “We’re planning to beat them!” says Daniel.

The hackathon runs from 16-17 November 2017 and video of the event will be streamed through Facebook Live.

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