In the most recent Devils Invent, five teams from ASU earned awards for their innovative solutions taking home prizes worth $25,000. Devils Invent is a weekend-long hackathon focused on solving a variety of design challenges put on by ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. This event’s theme was “Protecting America’s Public Access Areas” and featured a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Additionally, this event was unique as it was open to other universities, with a total of 23 teams from 11 colleges across the country, including Northeastern University, San Diego State University, the University of the District of Columbia, and California State University, Los Angeles. Students focused their efforts on solving one of these three problem statements: 1) How do we guide crowds to good decisions during an attack? 2) How do we enable effective and timely communication among stakeholders and responders to allow for oversight and response to an attack? 3) How can we inform and enable civilians to prepare for a drone attack?

Tackling the ultra-competitive Problem Statement 1, ASU’s BAHMMN took home second place ($5,000) with 5 Gals and Safeside each taking home a third place prize ($2,500). For Problem Statement 2, ASU’s Malindo took home the first-place grand prize ($10,000) with Security Squadron taking second ($5,000).

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