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Hundreds of students to hack for change at McMaster this weekendJanuary 25, 2019

More than 500 students to gather at McMaster University for the fifth annual DeltaHacks hackathon for change from Jan. 26 - 27.

Some university students love hacking so much, they're willing to do it for 24 hours straight. This weekend, the fifth annual DeltaHacks hackathon for change hopes to "inspire students to hack for positive changes that align with their passions - whether it's environment, health, inequality, education or another cause."

Organized by students for students, this year's event will take place at McMaster University's H.G. Thode Library of Science and Engineering. More than 500 students from all fields of study and various institutions will collaborate during an intensive 24-hour marathon event to hack for change by embracing elements of design thinking. The coding challenges will come from a variety of people, industry partners and the community.

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Teams will have access to mentors, as well as the Major League Hacking (MLH), the non-profit that assists schools with hackathons across the globe. Free workshops will also be available throughout the hackathon to help teams learn technical skills they may need in order to be successful in their project.

Last year's winners included a voice recognition tool that lets users translate physical text material by taking a picture of the text, a smartphone application that allows users to check how populated particular buildings and rooms are and an app that generates descriptive summaries for ebooks using text rank algorithm and dybamtic ebook to audiobook conversation.