MTSU's HackMT brings students and computer experts together virtually

Posted at 8:58 PM, Jan 30, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — For the last five years, computer and tech experts from across the region have descended upon Middle Tennessee State University's campus for what's called "HackMT," but this year, the event looks a bit different.

The university's Department of Computer Science is holding its sixth annual event virtually. The 36-hour hack-a-thon brings software developers, programmers and computer science students from universities across the region to collaborate on projects.

They also have a chance to do virtual meet-and-greets with industry professionals.

"The things that maybe sets our hack-a-thon apart, makes it a little different from what people usually do, is the fact that our mentors work very closely with our students. A lot of times they just come and judge other events that they're kind of there in that respect, but in our case we do see people working side by side so making sure that our students really get to know what its like out in their industry," said Dr. Joshua Phillips, associate professor at Middle Tennessee State University.

The event culminates with an expo in which the weekend's best "hacker" is chosen. Some students will even walk away with $2,500 scholarships.