See 9 Projects Out of NYU's Global Hackathon

The event drew more than 1,500 participants across the university's three campuses — and even some hackers from Toronto.

The scene at 6 MetroTech Center looked a bit like a science fair, or maybe a job fair — quite befitting a student event. Yet this modest-seeming hackathon had drawn in a trio of developers and designers all the way from Toronto.

“This is a big event for us,” Helen Yin said. She, along with teammates Victor Li and Donald Koo, had developed a Facebook Messenger chatbot for medical diagnoses called ChatMD.

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