A PhD student that wants to do more with his Computer Science degree than make money. He wants to help people. People like his father, who suffered from night terrors after serving in Iraq. Recently Tyler competed in a hackathon, where the challenge was to create a mobile solution for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Inventing and coding a new app in 36 hours would be hard enough. But at a hackathon, it can be even harder. That’s because it’s a competition with dozens of other teams chatting and competing in a single space — in this case, a giant gymnasium in Washington D.C.
“When you’re at a hackathon, there’s dozens of teams there, and they’re all jibber-jabbering, creating a distraction,” Tyler said. “But you need to be in the zone, working on your code.”