ECPI Students Win “Most Innovative Award” at Dominion Enterprises’ Hackathon

Virginia Beach, VAECPI University is pleased to announce that a team of its students from the Newport News and Virginia Beach campuses has been honored with the “Most Innovative Award” at Dominion Enterprises’ 7th Annual Hackathon, HACKU2. The two-day event held at Dominion Enterprises’ headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia is designed for students to gain real world software development experience by collaborating and designing functional games and apps. This year, teams were tasked with designing and programming working games or game-themed apps by utilizing nationally recognized API’s (application programming interfaces) as well as some used by Dominion Enterprises itself.

Game and Simulation students Kenneth Crim and Adam Myers and Web Development student Justin Norman developed a new approach to authenticating whether a user is human or not. This has the potential to replace the existing CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computer and Humans Apart) challenge-response test method. This approach utilizes a smiley face and a scroll bar where the user selects a particular smiley face image and finds its match on a scroll bar to authenticate that they are not a “bot” – thereby reducing the amount of spam on a web site.

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