HackIllinois Students to Create Gigabit Apps for City

Strategic collaboration among the University of Illinois, the City of Champaign, a student-driven hackathon and two National Science Foundation programs—the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities Program and the Midwest Big Data Hub Program—kicks off this weekend

From February 23-25, university students from around the nation will converge at the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science to participate in HackIllinois, a student-driven hackathon. One of the components of this year’s event is the Reverse Pitch Challenge.

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New Illinois med school built for health-tech future

The Carle Illinois College of Medicine in Urbana-Champaign, which will welcome its first class of students in July, bills itself as the first medical doctorate program in the nation designed from inception to integrate engineering with medicine. Its hope is to graduate physician innovators who challenge the status quo and find solutions that reduce costs while improving access to and quality of care.

Read the Chicago Tribune article on the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.

A Powerful Supercomputer is Helping Scientists to Understand Epilepsy

Epilepsy is the fourth most common human neurological disorder in the world — a disorder characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a record number of people in the United States have epilepsy: 3.4 million total, including nearly half a million children. At this time, there’s no known cause or cure, but with the help of NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, researchers like Ivan Soltesz are making progress. Continue reading

Resilient City Prize Added to February Hackathon

A USIgnite grant was awarded for a collaboration among the city of Champaign, HackIllinois, iSchool, Midwest Big Data Hub, and Technology Services to develop a “resilient city” prize category at the February HackIllinois. Participants will be using municipal data to address challenges as described by city officials.

Further information about the Hackathon will be forthcoming.