Thirty-six hours of no sleep, plenty of coffee and a will to do good, that’s the idea behind ShellHacks, the largest hackathon in Florida held at FIU’s Graham Center.

The hackathon, a sprint-like event where participants build code, develop apps and design websites, welcomed more than 800 students from across the nation to create innovative projects for social good, learn the latest technologies in engineering and connect with industry mentors from top-tech companies.

Despite the sleepless nights, students weren’t just exposed to ideas and inventions. They engaged with people of shared passions by joining team-building activities thanks to the event’s organizer, FIU’s chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE).

“This event makes a difference in the lives of our students,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg, who met with students at ShellHacks. “It’s a learning, social, networking and empowering event. I’m all for it.” Read more at FIU News.