ECPI University, Raytheon Intelligence & Space Host First Joint Hackathon

Winning Team Creates Website to Help Homeless

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Date) – ECPI University and Raytheon Intelligence & Space hosted its first joint hackathon at the university’s Newport News campus with a team comprising students from the Orlando and Charlotte campuses coming out on top. A hackathon is a timed event in which computer programmers and software developers collaborate intensively on a software project or a website. The goal is to create functioning software or website by the end of the event. 

Team Packet Assault – with members Nick Benson, Sandro Vasquez, and Matt Borgens from Orlando and Ian Wheeler from Charlotte – created a website called Helping Hand, which is a resource to help homeless people with a wide range of resources. Each member received a hoodie, backpack, toolkit, and Raspberry Pi computer from Raytheon Intelligence & Space. Packet Assault bested two other teams composed of students from Richmond, Manassas, Newport News, Virginia Beach, and Charleston, in addition to several online students. 

Team 1337 Coders took home second place with a website called Bright Horizons, designed to help college students and job seekers develop tasks toward goals that can be redeemed for prizes. They received a hoodie, backpack, and toolkit. Team Project Resource Synce brought home third place with a website that connects local businesses and community members with time and labor, tangible goods or a few extra dollars to help people in need. They were given a hoodie, backpack and toolkit. 

A virtual event hosted at the Newport News campus, ECPI University Dean of Computer and Information Science Dr. Keith Morneau said the competition was fierce with the margin of victory between first and third being very close, adding that the event’s success was a direct result of Raytheon Intelligence & Space contribution of judges and professional resources “Raytheon’s sponsorship and dedication to our first hack-a-thon event was invaluable,” Morneau said. “Their contributions in helping us train the next generation of software developers is critical to our success.” 

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About ECPI University 

ECPI University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate's, baccalaureate, and master's degrees. SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. A private university founded in 1966, ECPI University has campuses in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Texas, and offers convenient classes during the day, evening, and online; graduate employment services, continuing education, certification classes, and testing are also available.           

On campus or online, fields of study include: HEALTH SCIENCES: Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing (RN to BSN), BS to BSN, Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing, Healthcare Administration, Health Information Management, Physical Therapist Assistant, Massage Therapy, Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Radiography, Sonography, Radiological Sciences, Surgical Technology; TECHNOLOGY: Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Cyber and Information Security Technology, Cloud Computing, Software Development, Mobile Development, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, Web Design and Development, Digital Forensics Technology, Accelerated Cyber and Information Security Technology Degree, Electronics Engineering, Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering Technology Systems Engineering Master's – Mechatronics, Systems Engineering Master's - Software Engineering; BUSINESS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Accounting, Business Administration, IT Management, Hospitality Management, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security; CULINARY: Culinary Arts, Culinary Nutrition, Food Service Management, Baking and Pastry Arts. (Program field availability varies by campus.) For more information, visit

About Raytheon Intelligence & Space

Raytheon Intelligence & Space delivers the disruptive technologies our customers need to succeed in any domain, against any challenge. A developer of advanced sensors, training, and cyber and software solutions, Raytheon Intelligence & Space provides a decisive advantage to civil, military and commercial customers in more than 40 countries around the world. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the business generated $14 billion in pro forma annual revenue in 2019 and has 35,700 employees worldwide. Raytheon Intelligence & Space is one of four businesses that form Raytheon Technologies Corporation.


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Release Date:
Tuesday, November 17, 2020