Northshore computer science students compete in hackathon with industry professionals | News

On Saturday, June 11, the Bothell High School Computer Science Club hosted a hackathon which students from Bothell, North Creek and Woodinville high schools participated in.

23 students spent the day writing programs which were then judged by industry professionals from Amazon, Philips Healthcare and Vimly Solutions, a Mukilteo-based IT service provider and consultancy.

“Students worked on a new project they were interested in and thought would be impactful and innovative,” said Soham Bhosale, founder and president of the Computer Science Club. Bhosale is a Bothell High School junior.

Most students created their own projects; a few worked in small groups.

One student created a realistic soccer video game in the programming language C-Sharp.

Another created a web infographic about Mars. The student incorporated virtual reality elements in the program.

The winner of the hackathon created an app which sends the user emergency alerts when there is an active shooter in any ZIP code they choose to be notified for.

The judges were Katie Trout, Chief Technology Officer at Vimly Solutions; Nidhi Jaiswal, UX Design Manager at Amazon and Uday Muchalambe, Software Development Engineer at Philips Healthcare.

The judges each also led coding workshops for the students throughout the day.

“I always wanted to do something for our local community,” Bhosale said. “And I thought the hackathon would be a great way to accomplish this.”

He noted that the competition was held virtually, to eliminate the risk of COVID.

Bhosale began the Computer Science Club as a sophomore at BHS. Next year, as a senior, he plans to hold multiple hackathons.

Last December, Bhosale was named a winner of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge by US Congresswoman Suzan DelBene for creating DermDetect, an app for examining skin lesions that are potentially…