Avi Soclof, a graduate of Fuchs Mizrachi School in Beachwood, recently co-created a search engine for an Israeli NGO at the Jerusalem College of Technology Men’s Hackathon.
As a member of the JCT international student team comprising Yaakov Elfassy from Monsey, NY, Yishai Dredzen from Johannesburg, South Africa, and Eli Hawk from Woodmere, NY, Soclof co-created a new web search engine for Toldot Yisrael, an Israeli NGO who captures the stories of Jews who came to Israel before 1948.
They created a mechanism to search for specific words mentioned in Toldot Yisrael’s historical interviews that capture the stories of those who lived through the founding of the State of Israel. The mechanism allows people to search for any word embedded in any interview, allowing users to search their database of 4,000 hours of video interviews efficiently, according to a press release.
Scolof, a computer science student in the college’s International English Program, praised the intensity of the hackathon which allowed him “to master new technologies and prompted me to learn more and to enroll in extracurricular activities outside. of the University. For example, I took the initiative to sign up for a course on building a website from scratch, ”he said in the statement.
The hackathon is hosted by JCT’s LevTech Entrepreneurship Center, which also includes a pre-acceleration program to help students turn their ideas into products and start-ups. More than 100 Israeli and international students from the Jerusalem College of Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Technology participated in the hackathon, working on challenges presented by Intel, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Medtronic, SpotReality, Toldot Yisrael and the Israel Police.
“All of the students who took part in the hackathon were amazing and showed tremendous effort and creativity,” Orlee Guttman, co-founder of the LevTech Entrepreneurship Center, said in the statement. “They learned new technologies within hours and then created new products using them. As we have seen over the past few years, their innovation and momentum also continues after the hackathon, as they strive to bring these products to market, improve the consumer experience and improve the efficiency of the hackathon. business, and often help save lives at the same time.
The winners were selected by nine judges from Israeli and international companies. First place went to the team behind Wi-Find, an easy-to-use solution using inexpensive components that can retrieve data from signals around it, in places where GPS and Bluetooth cannot be used. . They developed a way to process information and map the exact location of any object. The uses of this technology are endless, especially in places with vital and / or expensive mobile equipment, such as hospitals, construction sites, etc.
“Usually, it takes about a week for participants to create working demos in a hackathon. Seeing the level of demos these students built in just 48 hours, and the creativity and innovation that came with it, was really quite unique, ”said Tomer Simon, Chief Scientist at the Microsoft Israel R&D Center and hackathon judge, in La version. “The energy from the students was amazing and it was great to see the challenge-oriented format that connected students to businesses, which helped them prepare for real challenges in the business world. Overall, the level of implementation and self-study was enormous and the students’ thirst to challenge themselves was evident.