GA Alumni Team Up to Win at HackFit Boston

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Two General Assembly campuses made one (winning) team at HackFit Boston last weekend. Alumni from GA’s Boston and NYC long-form courses joined forces at the two-day hackathon, which took place at Microsoft’s New England Research & Development Center from September 28-29 in Cambridge, MA.

Five NYC alums made the trip up to Boston on Friday night in an Audi SUV from our friends at ZipCar. WeHostels provided accommodations for the weekend.

Over the course of two days, the GA alumni team – a diverse group of UX designers, front-end developers, and back-end developers – got to know each other, mapped out their idea, and set out to win. And win they did.

GA HackFit ZipCarOur NYC alumni drove up to Boston for the weekend in a ZipCar.

The GA alumni team was awarded “Best Use of the Withings API,” for an app that allows Withings Pulse users to compare their progress and metrics against other users’, as well as access curated fitness videos. Each member took home a Withings Pulse as their prize.

Sneha Dasgupta, a participating GA alum, noted that the fitness theme extended beyond the apps being built. “I had never been to a hackathon before, and was told HackFit was very different from a normal hackathon experience. Activities such as yoga and rock climbing really emphasized that treating your body well is important for staying healthy and producing good work.”

Congrats again to the winning GA alumni team, comprised of Jamal O’Garro, Sandip Trivedi, Nikola Savic, Juan Figuera, Nicholas Costa, Sneha Dasgupta, Maggie Xie, Johanna Wightman, Eddie Washington, and Matt Brendzel.