Technology changes quickly, and new technologies can offer tremendous opportunity. Covisint understands that access to technology and tech innovators is a key to professional success.

The company is leveraging its long-standing history in Detroit and Michigan to support the growth and development of the next generation of technologists by supporting programs such as SpartaHack 2016, Michigan State University’s second annual student-run hackathon.

Led by Joseph Witt, Director of Engineering Security and Identity Services, the Covisint team challenged the 500 participants for the 3-day hackathon with the goal of applying Covisint technologies to the real world.

“Covisint is in a privileged position to not only support the development of future leaders and innovators, but to benefit from the energy and desire university students have to leverage technology to change the world,” said Mr. Witt.

Joe, along with Technical Marketing expert John Gleeson conducted a TedTalk-style presentation, and participated in the judging panel. The winning entry leveraging Covisint technology was produced by Ni Yao for his Cognitive Aerial Networking System (CANSYS). Following is a summary of the proposed CANSYS, leveraging Covisint API’s.

The CANSYS design focused on connecting every aircraft, including drones, such that all their location, trajectory, speed, and other useful data is collected to predict and avoid mid-air collisions.

Covisint’s advanced identity and access management tools will allow the various aircrafts or drones to connect to each other without giving sensitive information or access to critical areas. This software will be especially useful in the next few years as millions of personal drones compete for airspace with other aircraft.

Mr. Yao received a phantom 3 drone for his innovative Covisint SpartaHack.

Covisint is in the process of developing its internship program, which will leverage this and similar events in Michigan, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area, in support of the development of the next generation of technologists.