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Matias Garcia-Constantino and SenseWell wins Newcastle ACTION 2014 prize

This year, the ACTION event was held at the Great North Museum Hancock on Wed 12th Nov. The finalists, four teams of researchers, drawn from all three faculties, have developed commercial solutions to their chosen Ageing challenge following a series of training events. At the Showcase final each team produced a trade stand displaying their business idea together with a prototype, video, model or other visual form of their solution. The competition was judged by an expert panel on both the quality of the team pitch and the strength of their trade stand. Computing Science’s Matias Garcia-Constantino and the SenseWell team won the ACTION 2014 prize. The team is interdisciplinary, consisting of Matias, Katie Griffiths (PhD student at the School of Biomedical Sciences), Stephanie Harrison (PhD student at the Institute of Health and Society), Sinziana Popescu (PhD student at the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering) and Maria Pregnolato (PhD student at the School of Civil Engineering and Geoscience).

published on: 13th November 2014

Jake Burton Awarded University Endowed Prize

On Wednesday 29th October, to celebrate the academic achievement of 1st year undergraduate students from across the University, Jake Burton (BSc Computer Science, Bio-Computing) has obtained one of the prestigious University Endowed Prizes based on his academic achievement during 2013/14. The lunchtime presentation was held at 12.45 in the Bamburgh Room, King’s Road Centre. Certificates were presented to the successful students by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) and Faculty Undergraduate Deans.

published on: 9th November 2014

Newcastle set for region’s biggest hackathon

Budding programmers from across the country will flock to Newcastle this weekend for the biggest public hackathon ever held in the North East. Computing Science students from the School, Andon Andonov, Luca Arnaboldi and Plamen Kolev were instrumental in organising the event. 

published on: 5th November 2014

Contactless cards fail to recognise foreign currency

A flaw in Visa’s contactless credit cards means they will approve unlimited cash transactions without a PIN when the amount is requested in a foreign currency. New research by experts at Newcastle University, UK, has highlighted a ‘glitch’ in the Visa system which means their contactless cards will approve foreign currency transactions of up to 999,999.99 in any foreign currency.

published on: 2nd November 2014

Scott Logic Hackathon with Computing Science students

Scott Logic and Newcastle University teamed up to execute another exciting Hackathon following the success of last year’s event. This year, teams battled it out over an intense 3 hours to build a financial trading app using an algorithm to predict market data trends. The aim was to make the most profit by buying and selling shares at the best times. The winning team (pictured) each won a £20 gift token and the accolade of being crowned Scott Logic Hackathon 2014 winners.

published on: 1st November 2014

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