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2016 Hackathon Winners

Over the weekend 68 students and developers gathered to create digital games that address community problems.

The games that were developed addressed issues including developing financial literacy, helping foster children successfully transition to independent, successful adult lives, touring the CSUMB campus, helping students eat healthy on a limited budget, and navigating the public transit system.

2016 Hackathon Winners

The 2016 Digital Game Hackathon winning team was Traveling Otters (community problem: CSUMB Otter Tour). Second Place went to Null Constructor (community problem: Building Sustainability), and third place was awarded as a tie between Hashmaps All-Day (community problem: Starving Students) and Git Committed (community problem: CSUMB Otter Tour).

The Hackathon participants were supported by a team of hospitality, business and computer science student volunteers and faculty and community mentors. The Hackathon was organized by the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development and was led by Dr. Christian Eckhardt, Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computing and Design at CSU Monterey Bay. Judges for the event were Dr. Bude Su and Dr. Miguel Lara of the CSUMB School of Computing and Design, along with John Derrick, CEO of, Erik Uppman of the Cannery Row Company.

The mission of the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) is to create and support a vibrant entrepreneurial community and successful, growing businesses and social ventures in the Monterey Bay region. The iiED is an institute of the College of Business at CSU Monterey Bay. For more information about iiED events and programs go to

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