Georgia Tech Hackathon Showcases What’s Next In The World Of AI

Most college students spend the last few weeks of the year stressing about finals and preparing final essays. 

But dozens of students from 30 universities spent the weekend before Thanksgiving putting down the textbooks and focused on building what’s next in the world of AI. 

AI ATL, a 48-hour hackathon, is the largest hackathon ever put together by the intercollegiate organization Startup Exchange. After hearing from speakers from major AI companies like Google, Anthropic, and BCG X, students from across the country got to work building out platforms to be presented to judges at an Expo inside of Georgia Tech’s Klaus Advanced Computing Building on the last day of the hackathon.  In total, 125 teams competed and submitted over 70 projects over the course of the weekend. 

Hypepotamus walked around the Judging Expo and met some of the student-entrepreneurs. 

Here are a few teams that we met: 



A team from Washington University in St. Louis built ArtGPT over the hackathon to bring a new concept of visual learning to life. The goal of the platform is to help other students immerse themselves in art history. 

The team, consisting of Matthew Tiemann, Cadi Zhang, and Leon Zhao, said that the hackathon weekend taught them how to “effectively use AI” and scale down to what was achievable. 


Picture Book AI 

What if you could turn any novel into a picture book? That is the idea behind Picture Book AI, built by Georgia Tech students Vedant Bhat, Sid Pilai, and Rajit Khanna. During the Expo, the team animated a portion of the classic Russian novel Anna Karenina with compelling digitally-crafted images. 


Students Jack Hao, Arjun Birthi, Mithun Subhush, and Ayush Gundawar want to make the world safer for the visually impaired. Their platform Spectra, which uses voice over and computer vision technology, is designed to ensure that people fully understand what objects might hinder their path. 

Over the weekend, AI ATL provided $500k in prizes to teams who competed in the hackathon. We’re excited to see how these teams continue their projects forward in 2024!