Baker Hughes and OSU partner for a sustainable hackathon

STILLWATER, Okla. — Students from Oklahoma State University (OSU)’s undergraduate and graduate programs competed in the first ever Baker Hughes hackathon on Saturday. The event’s goal was to build an innovative sustainability-related solution to real world problems in the workplace in one day.

Of the 90 students that applied to participate, 50 were selected. They were divided into 10 teams participated in the event. Staff members from Baker Hughes Energy Innovation Center designed the challenge and advised the student teams throughout the competition.

Stephanie Price, a representative from Baker Hughes, told FOX23 that the company came up with this idea as a form of recruiting students that are interested in pursuing sustainable solutions.

Instead of being given a problem to solve, each team was tasked with coming up with their own problem and solution.

“Judges are scoring teams by asking important questions,” Price said. “‘Does it reduce emissions?’ ‘Is it commercial?’ ‘What is the cost profile?’ ‘Is it sustainable?’”

The winning team’s project centered around sorting medical waste. The team was picked by judges because of its sustainable practices as well as its cost effective and business friendly approach.