Three Winthrop University teams participated at Wired Hack 15.1, a 24 hour hackathon (programming competition) held in the Knowledge Park area of Rock Hill on January 16-17, 2015. The lack of sleep
was evident the next day with students laid out on the floor, some asleep on
their computers, some chugging monster energy drinks like bottled water and a
student trying to drag html files into the SQL server! All three teams
did a great job and two of them ultimately won 1st and 2nd
place. 1st place contestants won a 5TB hard drive, and 2nd
place won an iPod nano.
Team 1 (1st Place)
Team 2 (2nd Place)
Beta Alpha Psi coordinates the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in the Winthrop community for 8 weeks from February to end of March each year. Last year, over $2.0 million in taxable income was processed on the Winthrop VITA site. This activity also develops student’s tax software and tax preparation skills – strengthening workplace skills. The University and participating students receive public service awards from the IRS each year for this service.