This Week In
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 22:10
MIT hosted its largest-ever hack-a-thon last weekend, bringing over 1,000 students to campus for 30 full hours of technological creativity and design. The event, officially titled HackMIT, included students from 250 universities around the world. Two student-run organizations, TechX and StartLabs, were responsible for its production. The $4,000 grand prize went to Lightboard, a program that allows users to draw 3D shapes on a computer screen with only the use of their smartphone flashlight. Second place was awarded to Images as Text, an extension app designed for Google Chrome capable of converting all the text in online images into words that can be copied, highlighted, and edited as normal text. MIT’s hack-a-thon holds serious weight in the innovation realm: over 3,000 applications were submitted within the event’s first four days of registration.
On Tuesday, both President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner released statements regarding unwillingness to budge on the issues causing the government shutdown. In a press briefing, Obama openly agreed to negotiations with the Republicans, as long as they first re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling to prevent a looming default. “The only thing I will say is that we’re not going to pay a ransom for America paying its bills. That’s something that should be non-negotiable,” Obama said. Boehner soon responded to the president’s address Tuesday morning: “At times like this the American people expect their leaders to sit down and have a conversation. I want that conversation to occur now,” he said. “What the president said today was if there’s unconditional surrender by Republicans, he’ll sit down and talk to us.” Today marks day nine of the shutdown, with no apparent end in sight.
The Red Sox are headed to the American League Championship Series after beating the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night. With a score of 3-1, the Sox won the fifth game of the Division series at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, Fla. They narrowly missed a sweep, losing Game 3, 5-4, to a walk-off homerun on Monday night. Game 1 of the ALCS will be Saturday at Fenway Park against either the Oakland Athletics or Detroit Tigers. That series is currently tied, 2-2, with Game 5 being played tonight in Oakland, Calif. “I don’t care who we play. I know we’ll be ready,” said David Ortiz to The Boston Globe, after winning Game 4 on Tuesday. “I’ll tell you what, this team isn’t stopping.” This is the first appearance at the Red Sox will make at the America League Championship in five years.
USA Today has provided concrete proof of the far-reaching opinion that Boston’s seafood is the best nationwide. On Monday, the newspaper released the results of their Reader’s Choice Contest, naming the 10 Best Seafood Restaurants in America. Legal Sea Foods, known as the top seafood chain in the country, took the No. 1 title of Best Seafood Restaurant in America. With over 30 restaurants on the East Coast, Legal Sea Foods has steadily become the leader in the New England seafood industry since its foundation in 1950. Its new flagship restaurant on the Boston waterfront, known as the Legal Harborside, was named Best New Restaurant by Esquire Magazine. Union Oyster House, Boston’s oldest restaurant and a widely known tourist spot, ranked No 7 on USA Today’s list. The only other New England restaurant in the reader’s top choice was Mabel’s Lobster Claw in Kennebunkport, Maine.
The MBTA has announced the winner of its map redesign competition, which launched in April. Mikheil Kvrivishvili, an interactive and graphic designer from Moscow, submitted the winning map. Over 17,000 votes were cast among the top six designs, selected by MBTA officials. Kvrivishvili’s entry, titled ‘Map 1,’ received 6,000 of those votes alone. The New Perspectives MBTA Map Re-design Competition launched in April with the intention of rider participation—anyone interested was invited to send in their design of the T map. Kvrivishvili’s entry includes more information than the current map, marking all Green Line Stations as well as the Silver Line connections. The design has also been deemed more aesthetically pleasing than the current map, using more vivid colors and an enlarged size to make the signage clearer. The new maps will first be implemented in new Blue and Orange Line stations set to open within the next year.