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Computer Science Team Earns Accolades
Posted 01/05/2018 09:00AM


Four Upper School students competed in the first round of the 10th annual Agile Youth Challenge (AYCNY), a hackathon for students from New York area schools in which teams have five hours to create a hardware/software solution and a screencast based on a theme revealed the morning of the event.

The theme of this year’s AYCNY competition, which took place on December 10, was Net Neutrality. Masters’ team, which consisted of junior Cole Feuer and freshmen Zach Battleman, Matt Nappo and Brandon Zazza, won honors for producing the best pitch video, or screencast.

The team created an application that simulated what a user could experience without net neutrality. Net neutrality requires that internet service providers (ISPs) offer equal access to all web content. Loss of net neutrality could result in ISPs charging customers more for access to certain sites. ISPs could also restrict access to some sites, redirect customers to preferred sites, and/or modify internet speeds for different sites – a practice known as bandwidth throttling.

“The idea for the app was simple, but creating fully functional software in five hours was anything but,” says coach John Chiodo, Director of Innovation, Engineering and Computer Science. “The team’s app looked and acted like any other web browser, but had bandwidth throttling and website redirects built into it.”

After creating the software, the students needed to create a screencast explaining how the software worked, as well as the process and tools they used to create it, according to Mr. Chiodo. 

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