Hyland Hackathon challenges high school and college students; winners announced

WESTLAKE, Ohio - The third annual Hyland Software hackathon produced an increased number of area students looking to showcase their ideas in technology. A total of 78 students competed, up from 66 last year and 55 in 2015.

The weekend event that saw students sleeping in hallways and under tables in their sleeping bags, began Friday evening, December 15 and ended with the project judging on Sunday morning. Hyland's global headquarters on Clemens Road in Westlake was the scene of the event.

Caitlin Nowlin, tech program outreach manager said there was a lot of excitement. "Everyone who attends comes here voluntarily and are very passionate about technology. They are tasked to think and to get creative," she said.

"The top two college and top two high school teams will present their projects to the whole group," she said. On Sunday, the finalists were chosen and received Amazon Echo products.

Placing first in the college category was a mixed team from Tiffin University, Olmsted Falls and Brunswick high schools. Their project involved a website "that aids in the flow of class discussions and relieves the stress and anxiety that goes along with speaking aloud in front of peers. Instructors also benefit from what they called 'Speak Up,' as there is no longer the frustration of forcing the students to share their thoughts."