Global health has #1 hacker
It’s a no brainer for PyBulls.
Design an application that improves safety and protects personal data, yet disseminates community information in a timely and confidential manner.
This idea earned PyBulls, a USF student association that promotes python programming and applications in different fields, first place honors in Hillsborough County’s Hack-A-Thon. Organized by Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe, “His goal for last weekend’s event was to bring the techies out and to inspire the youth in coding.
Nine teams were charged with creating and programming a new application. At end of 48 hours, they presented to a panel of seven judges and Team PyBulls emerged on top.
When students Semiha Caliskan, Daniel Dye, and Chong Oh Kim put their heads together, they developed an app designed with neighborhood and community watch organizations in mind. Typically, these groups disseminate information via e-mail and non-secure websites—mediums that fall short when it comes to confidentiality and protecting data However, thanks to Team PyBull’s savvy thinking, organizations can use a web-based portal that is password protected.
Ideally, community organizer’s and residents have two options to access information related to safety and upcoming events—log-in to a secure interface or receive encrypted e-mails. Either way, it’s a major improvement to the current process.
Team PyBulls earned $250 for their community geographic information system.
Semiha Caliskan is an adjunct instructor in the USF College of Public Health, Department of Global Health. She is a doctoral student in geography and environmental science.
Written by Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health