Johnny Le awarded 2018 Ivory Prize for Excellence in Student Leadership

April 13, 2018

Johnny Le, an BS/MS student in the University of Utah’s School of Computing, was awarded the 2018 Ivory Prize for Excellence in Student Leadership for his work in developing the annual HackTheU event.

HackTheU is Utah’s largest hackathon and was held for the first time in November 2016. Over the course of 24 hours, students from across the state and nation develop solutions to the various prompts through augmented reality, virtual reality, Internet of Things, and other applications. In addition, students have access to workshops on various tech topics presented by members from the local industry.

Le was motivated to start the event after visiting similar hackathons throughout the country.
“I started HackTheU based on a desire to give students more avenues for exposure as well as advancing their careers,” Le said. “’HackTheU’ began as an opportunity to provide students at the University of Utah and across the region a chance to not only learn skills but demonstrate them in a hands-on experience.”

The Ivory Prize for Excellence in Student Leadership has been made possible by a generous commitment from Clark Ivory, former chair of the University of Utah Board of Trustees. He established the prize to support students who have demonstrated extraordinary, influential accomplishments and leadership efforts that impact student success and positively affect the broader community.

“I’m grateful and thankful to the School of Computing, Professor de St. Germain, and the Board of Trustees for the nomination as the Ivory Prize selection for 2018,” Le said. “It’s a testament to the University of Utah and the greater community that an event like HackTheU has been able to be so successful in its goals to provide more opportunities to students everywhere.”

Le will receive a $2,000 award, and $10,000 will be donated to HackTheU for further investment and development of the program.

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