From last June 22nd to 24th, the 'SW-Centered University Co-host Hackathon 2022' was held for three days. Co-host hackathon is an event held to help students in SW-centered universities improve their software capabilities through experience in planning, developing, implementing and co-operating based on 'Open-source projects'. Under the theme of "Software, Power to Lead Digital Transformation", a total of 42 teams including 270 people of SW major students, designers, mentors and operators participated in the competitions. In this hackathon, Jung Eunhee (Majored in Computer Education, double majored in Self-Design Convergence in Department of Global Convergence) won the excellence award (SW-centered university council president award). We interviewed her to listen the details of her story.
Q. Please introduce yourself.
Hi! I am Jung EunHee from the class of 2022. I am majoring in Computer Education and Self-Design Convergence.
Q. How do you feel about winning the award?
Since I thought I lacked the skills of developing, the only thing I had in my mind while participating was to get as much experiences as possible. But unexpectedly, I got an award with a team of excellent students. Since our teammates are all amazing and very capable, I made a lot of efforts on hackathon to try not to impose them. As a result, I learned a lot. And I am grateful and honored to be awarded for it.
Q. Please explain to us about your project on hackathon.
As hackathon proceeds in a short time, we tried to make a well-executed prototype of a simple service quickly yet meticulously. Our team's project was to make a MBTI community app named 'MBTMI', which is a platform with a concise interface for interested MBTI communities. Users are able to communicate and make their own contents in the app. As many products related with MBTI are produced in this day and age, we appealed the possibility of B2B expansion by showing how it can gather Big Data related to MBTI.
Q. What are your memorable episodes in this competition?
As competition was held online, many interesting episodes happened at 'Gather' and 'Classum'. When we got tired during an all-nighter of developing, we held a music party on 'Gather' to wake our minds up! When we wanted to get along with other teams but it seemed that entering their rooms might bother them, our teammates just all hugged the wall and rang the fanfare to draw their attentions. Sometimes, we heard teams arguing, so we thought we were lucky to have each other. Since hackathon was held online, I thought there will be no chance to make communication with other teams, but there were more chances than I intended so I had lots of fun.
Q. What made you grow throughout the hackathon?
First of all, I got a lot of stimulus. Most of the team members were of my ages and they were all from different universities, but they had a lot of experience compared to me. When I had a meeting on the hackathon, I thought 'is this how the professional field meeting feels like?'. I made up my mind looking to study harder from working with them.
I think my skills improved significantly since I focused on only programming for 3 days straight. Although one of my weaknesses is concentrating, the determination to not be hindrance to my team made me concentrate. From googling, sharing codes, and communicating, I learned a lot. I think the most important thing was that comfort atmosphere that enabled asking multiple questions to each other played a big part. Everyone was exhausted during the hackathon, yet we were amiable to each other. I learned not only from their skills but their heart-warming personalities.
The competition also made me think about my career. Throughout the development, the team's atmosphere was very good and the result of the team was also very satisfying, so I got interested in developing mobile apps. Originally, I was planning to go a field where going through graduate school is a must, but I'm thinking about preparing to be a developer after my graduation.
Q. What made you chose the Self-Design Convergence major?
I was interested in programming and virtual reality since I was in high school. As programming and virtual reality has relatively shorter history than other fields, there wasn't much information in Korea to study for. There were no related lectures and curriculums in our school. Meanwhile, I heard that VR lectures were held on Culture & Technology major, newly established in 2019, and it seemed very interesting. However, the problem of double-majoring it was that it required me to take more lectures that were not related to my field or interest. I thought of different solutions and the solution to it was double-majoring Self-Design Convergence. Now, the curriculums made a big turn so I don't remember too much but the curriculum consisted of lectures from Culture & Technology major and lectures about display from Electrical and Electronic Engineering major. After entering Self-Design Convergence major and consistently attending the university, many lectures related to Virtual Reality were produced. Thankfully, I got a lot of related information about my interest. I was able to take more realistic and efficient curriculums about it, so my last semester is going very satisfactorily.
Q. What do you think is the merit of Self-design Convergence major?
Firstly, if you have a field you want, you can effectively complete the specialized curriculum on your own way. Generally, normal major requires you to take multiple lectures you don't want to take just for completion of credits, but Self-Design Convergence major lets you take the lectures you need. Every subjects made me feel so attached, so I was able to focus more on it.
Secondly, Self-design Convergence major can reduce the burden on the credits. I don't remember exactly but generally, you need 40 credit on the major subject. However, Self-design Convergence major only needs 36 credits and C/L credits is up to 9 credits. So, it is possible to complete a course by taking only 27 credits. I got a horrible grade for my freshman year since I was playing around too much, so I wanted to take less credits for my double major. I think it really helps because as my major is in College of Education, I was able to match the total credits for graduation of my original major after I took double major. If there was no Self-design Convergence major, I might have been forced to double major in Culture & Technology, Electronic and Electronical Engineering, or Software Engineering. Then, I would have to attend 4 more semesters just for graduation.
Q. What is your motivation?
I just endure for what I want to do. Even if I don't want to, I have to endure so that I can gain money and time for other things that I want to do. But it isn't too easy.
Q. If you have any tips for hackathon, share it for students interested in hackathon.
I think visualization of the project is important for hackathon. So, the most important thing is to appeal with the value of the idea and its remarkable design. No matter how much time you spend to make functions go well, you can't show all of them because presentation time is too short. Of course, even if you try to cover the incomplete functions with aesthetic techniques, judges could know so it is better to focus on the parts on the surface as possible.
Q. Do you have any plan or goals for your future?
My goal is entering app developing club or SW Maestro, go on an internship, or go to a graduate school... There are so many things I want to do. As the semester just started, I will plan my goals throughout my last semester.
Q. To SKKU Students.
During the hackathon, I was envious of students from other universities interact with their own university students. For me, it was all so nice to celebrate and take pictures with other university students but it was little bit disappointing that I didn't see much students from SKKU to interact with. I heard a lot of students who won AI or Big Data competitions, so I hope to see more of you guys at Development Hackathon!