Hamline News

Altman Takes First Prize


Benji Altman CLA '18 recently participated in the intercollegiate computer science competition CarlHacks hosted by Carlton College on April 24-26. At CarlHacks, two hundred students competed in a thirty-six hour session, writing computer code in small groups of two - five. Benji's team, with students from Macalester, St. Olaf, and Gustavus, won first prize for a project to create an app that works with Google Chrome. The app permutes the color scheme and adjusts the levels of each color so that colorblind users can view the material more effectively. Prizes for the winning team included tablets and drones for each member of the team. Benji is currently majoring in computer science at Hamline. CarlHacks is part of a nationwide set of competitions (Major League Hacking) to promote computer programming for undergraduates. Participating academic institutions include Princeton University, the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, and over a hundred other institutions. Sponsors include Dell, Intel, Amazon, and Bloomberg.