Penn State Hazleton students earn first place at hacking challenge


Penn State Hazleton students recently placed first in a category of HackPSU’s Hackathon held annually at University Park. Josiel Delgadillo and Gabriel Ynoa, who are majoring in information systems technology at Penn State Hazleton, partnered with Nicolas Salomon from Rochester Institute of Technology to achieve the ranking in the Penn State Teaching with Technology Track. They were tasked with using Amazon’s Alexa to enhance teaching and learning in a classroom. The challenge was presented by Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology. It took the students nearly six hours to integrate Alexa with Windows and make their idea work. They were then able to create a website for the project, post the code on a GitHub repository and create many different commands for Alexa to execute on their computers. Shown are Mayank Makwana and Kelsie McElroy, HackPSU co-executive directors; Ynoa, Delgadillo, Salomon and Michael Kubit, Penn State vice president for information technology and chief information officer.