More than 1,300 students were coding applications at FIU as Google, Microsoft and other top tech firms sponsored the action.

A drowsy college student peels himself out of a sleeping bag as the morning sun illuminates the Kovens Conference Center. Spread out around him, coders sit at round tables, clicking away on their keyboards. A woman in an FIU sweater paces back and forth by the window, pumping her arms and bopping her head while jamming to music. A young man wearing a large fishing hat bounces a beach ball on the floor, skirting between tables decorated with Cheetos bags and soda cans.

Time is almost up on the 36-hour coding marathon known as ShellHacks. Every hacker here has a seemingly different approach to their craft, yet they share a commonality that is so powerful, that it creates a tremendous community that attracts the biggest businesses in the world.

Students with a love for technology are invited every year to create computer applications at ShellHacks. Hosted by Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) at FIU, this year’s ShellHacks was once again the largest hackathon in Florida. Sponsoring the proceedings were Google, Microsoft, Meta and other top companies like Statefarm, Capital One and Kaseya.

ShellHacks 2022 marked the first in-person version of the event since 2019. With 36 hours to code, students made applications related to virtual reality, gaming, money management, philanthropy and more. Participants had the option of teaming up or working individually.

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