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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.

Picat's landing page. (Photo via Medium)

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.
Among the other winners were an NYU Tandon team of grad students who built a retail analytics tool and another NYU Tandon team behind a tool that “helps users explore outlier trajectories in the bus system of Rio de Janeiro.”
See the full list of winners here.
We also looked at the coolest Brooklyn projects on display at the Summit, built out of the Media Lab’s industry partnerships with Verizon and Viacom, including a ghostly virtual reality game built by NYU Game Center students.


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