International success for EMECS-thon 2014
The University of Southampton was one of six universities around the world which took part in EMECS-thon 2014 last weekend.
EMECS-thon is an international technical event where students use their engineering skills to design, build and implement projects based on their own ideas over a 48-hour period.
This year's event took place between 31 January and 2 February in six technical universities worldwide: Technical University of Kaiserslautern in Germany, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway, University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Russia, Al Quds University in Palestine, and "Politehnica” University of Timisoara in Romania.
Around 150 students organized in more than 50 teams took part in EMECS-thon 2014. After a weekend of activity the global EMECS-thon guru prize was won by Snow Crash from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, with a project consisting of an automatic chess machine.
The local winners in Southampton were:
• “Best Internet of Things implementation” award - won by team 'Dynamic Integrated Synergy Solutions (DISS)' who built a Home Camera Monitor System; • “Best Technical implementation” award - won by team 'Needs more lasers' with a project Laser Harp; • “Best commercial idea” award - won by team 'Clinomaniacs' who built Human Follower Robot; • “People’s choice” award - won by team 'Four Engineers' who built a Physical version of Pong Game.
The event was organized by EMECS students and alumni with the support of academia in EMECS, all the participating universities, Erasmus Mundus Association, Edelvais, IEEE Southampton student branch and companies such as Atmel, ARM, Xilinx, Microchip, Nordic Semiconductor, Digi-Key and Sparkfun. Crispin Semmens of ARM attended the event in ECS and took part in the prizegiving, and Dr Basel Halek of ECS was a member of the judging team.
“We are happy to congratulate all participants for attending and surviving a 48-hours embedded systems marathon. "We admire the great ideas that ended up implemented during EMECS-thon 2014 and we thank our partners and supporters for making this event a triumph. We are looking forward to an even more successful EMECS-thon 2015,” said Angel Codrean, EMECS-thon Global Coordinator).
EMECS is the The European Masters in Embedded Computing Systems (EMECS), a two-year programme run in conjunction with Kaiserslautern University and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology at Trondheim. For further information, see http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/programmes/european-masters-embedded-computing-systems-emecs