Meghan O'Donnell and Meagan Park, second year students in the Internet Applications and Web Development program, won the best student project at the HackWE 3.0 Hackathon using data from Ontario endangered species.
"It's an honour," said O'Donnell, a 29-year-old St. Clair student from Sarnia. "It's an excellent opportunity. Getting the chance to work with knowledgeable people and to learn more about open data and the technology involved, is really exciting to me."
HackWE's third annual competition, put on by Hackforge and WEtech Alliance, is a 48-hour computer coding competition where industry representatives present their real-world technological challenges to student hack-teams from the university and college, who then collaborate to find technological solutions and innovations.
O'Donnell and Park jumped at the opportunity to work with like-minded students and learn from knowledgeable people. The event started Oct. 17 at the Windsor Public Library and finished at the Green Bean Cafe in the Windsor Star building Oct. 26.
"I can't wait to do it next year," O'Donnell said after finishing her first HackWE competition.
The best professional entry went to Parallel 42's Doug Sartori, a part-time instructor in the Web Development program, and Will Comartin, a Web Development alumni and 2011 Skills Ontario Gold medal winner.
St. Clair College's Internet Applications and Web Development is a three-year program that emphasizes business systems and communications, and produces a graduate with strong computer programming skills who understands business practices and operations.
Web students from the program have won eight medals during the past four years in Skills Ontario and Skills Canada combined, including a gold medal in 2012.
"The program is better than I imagined," O'Donnell said. "You're always learning."