BoilerMake winners reflect on experience

Jack Schneider, Kevin Rockwell and Eric Rice, juniors in the College of Engineering, placed first in the BoilerMake Hackaton. Their invention of an automatic domino-laying robot lifted them to the top. (Photo Provided/The Exponent)
Jack Schneider, Kevin Rockwell and Eric Rice, juniors in the College of Engineering, placed first in the BoilerMake Hackaton. Their invention of an automatic domino-laying robot lifted them to the top. (Photo Provided/The Exponent)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (The Exponent) – The BoilerMake Hackathon brought forth a plethora of innovative ideas. One idea involving dominoes and a Roomba vacuum seemed to be above the rest.

BoilerMake featured ideas ranging from abstract data analyzing applications strictly for employer use to fun, personal projects. The “Domino Bot,” presented by Jack Schneider, Kevin Rockwell and Eric Rice, was not only one of the ideas, but the winning creation.

Schneider, Rockwell and Rice, all juniors in the College of Engineering, have been competing in these events since their sophomore year. In previous competitions, they have had ideas such as a mad lib type robot that would take in vocal inputs and output a complete sentence, similar to the written version of the game.

“The ideas just come out of nowhere, and you just sort of roll with one that seems doable,” said Schneider.

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