University of Jyväskylä

JYU student team wins hackathon game challenge

Europe’s biggest hackathon, Junction 2017, took place in Espoo on 24-26 November. Hackathons are events that bring together developers and designers to “hack” various technological challenges. Junction 2017 had coders and other developers taking part in themed tracks, each of which featured dozens of innovative challenges set by businesses. Attendees solved these challenges in teams, all the while competing for the best solutions.

Hackathon winners
Minh Duc Le Pham (middle left) and Do Thuy Linh (middle right).

Among the winners of the event were a team from the University of Jyväskylä. Minh Duc Le Pham and Do Thuy Linh won the challenge set by Veikkaus, the Finnish state-owned gambling company. Their challenge called for participants to create a fun sport-themed online game based on sports data provided by Veikkaus. The JYU duo created the game Pocket Hockey, which combines casual hockey gameplay with live betting. Veikkaus lauded the winning game for its combination of fun and competitiveness.

Minh Duc Le Pham is a second year student from WISE International Master’s Program (Faculty of Information Technology). Do Thuy Linh is a Master’s student in Banking and International Finance (School of Business and Economics).

University Teacher Oleksiy Khriyenko from the IT Faculty rejoices on the winning team’s success.  – We are very proud of them. It is a good achievement for the students and a delight for our University to gain this type of visibility on national and international levels, Khriyenko notes.

This year’s Junction had a remarkable 1500 attendees from as many as 80 different countries. In addition to Veikkaus, the event featured challenges by dozens of big-name companies, such as Finnair, Nordea and Spotify. The challenges carried diverse themes from entertainment all the way to artificial intelligence.

Overall, around five student teams from JYU took part in the event. The Faculty of Information Technology also collaborated with Sitra on their healthcare-themed challenge by providing crucial health data for the hackers.


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Oleksiy Khriyenko
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