The student teams Coderoni and Kingdom Roots took first place at Macalester’s two 24-hour competitions on Feb. 19-20.

Coderoni participated in Macathon, an overnight innovation and technology contest that is a mash-up of a computer hackathon and a business start-up competition. Each team’s mission: solve a real-world and relevant problem. Coderoni, one of 19 teams, focused on first-generation college students and understanding the true costs of college with their app Unifi. Unifi offers an answer to the college financial planning quandary by creating a customized and accessible platform for socking away just the right amount of money for college education.

Kingdom Roots won Macalester’s first Funkathon, an overnight musical competition. Funkathon challenged composers, performance and multimedia artists, and creators to write and produce an original piece of music or multimedia presentation up to four minutes in length. Kingdom Roots composed “Still Standing” and performed it in a moving music video that captured themes of struggle and hope derived from the Black History Month showcase, From Our Lips.

Coderoni Team Members

  • Ruthie Berman ’17
    Computer science and neuroscience studies   
  • Esha Datta ’17
    Political science, economics, and math
  • Marcio Porto ’17
    Computer science
  • Mutaz Alnaas ’17
  • Charles Park ’16
    Computer science and applied mathematics & statistics

Kingdom Roots Team Members

  • Channelle Ndagire ’19
  • Duc Nguyen ’17
    Art (studio) and media and cultural studies
  • Hawi Tilahune ’16
    Political science and international studies
  • Jonathan van Arneman ’16
  • Malik Mays ’19
    Chemistry (biochemistry)
  • Peace Madimutsa ’17

February 23 2016

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