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A Team of Devs from Brooklyn College Won the $10k Top Prize at NYC Media Lab’s Summit

The team built a programming language called Picat, and judges saw its potential for game development and artificial intelligence problems.


At NYC Media Lab’s Summit last week hosted at Columbia University, university and college teams won a total of $25,000 in prizes. A panel of representatives from the NYC Media Lab’s member companies selected the winners.

A team from Brooklyn College won the $10,000 grand prize: computer and information science professor Neng-Fa Zhou, programmer Jonathan Fruhman and graduate student Jie Mei. Zhou and Fruhman created Picat, a declarative programming language that can be used for general-purpose applications, including scripting, modeling, and symbolic computations. For the demo, the team showed how Picat could be applied to games and artificial intelligence.

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