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Elsevier and the University of Sydney Announce Prize Winners of 24-Hour Hackathon
Date:10/5/2011

AMSTERDAM, October 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the University of Sydney, Australia's leading higher education and research university, today announced the winners of the 24-hour Sydney Hackathon .

From Saturday, September 24 to Sunday, September 25, participants developed software applications to improve delivery of scientific, medical and technical content using SciVerse Content and Framework APIs. The competition was organized through the joint effort of Elsevier, Sydney University's School of Information Technologies and the Sydney University IT Society (SUIT).

The winning applications include:

  • First place ($1,500): Tim Dawborn, Seb Pauka and James Alexander, of the University of Sydney, developed Presentify, an application that displays any SciVerse ScienceDirect article as an HTML5 presentation by automatically organizing content including section titles, images, charts and the summary text of an article.
  • Second place ($1,000): Sam Thorogood, an alumnus of the University of Sydney's School of IT, and Nicky Ringland a postgraduate at the School of IT, developed SciPlay, an application that quizzes readers of a SciVerse ScienceDirect article with questions based off of the content of that article. SciPlay also won the People's Choice award.
  • Third place ($500): TheMacademia application enhances search by displaying articles and videos relevant to a user's query. Additionally, the application enables users to comment on an article.

"The Sydney Hackathon not only tested the programming skills of participants, it tested their determination and endurance," said James Curran, Senior Lecturer in the School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney. "Despite lack of sleep, the students and develo
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