Michael Bishoff, hackathon organizer, takes interest in immersive technology to Silicon Valley


Michael Bishoff
Plans: Software engineer at Lyft
B.S., Computer Science
Cum Laude
Hometown: Clarksville, Maryland

UMBC has opened my mind to what I can accomplish in my career. I would honestly not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the amazing faculty, staff, and friends at UMBC. Everyone is very passionate about what they do and we fuel each other to achieve greater goals.

Michael Bishoff found his passion for hackathons during his years at UMBC. He is a co-founder and president of HackUMBC, a 400-member strong student organization that hosts a 24-hour programming competition on campus each year. He has also been recognized at eight hack events worldwide, with awards from “best use of technology on the move” to “best use of virtual reality with robotics from Oculus.”

After taking the bronze at MHacks, a major student programming competition at the University of Michigan, for a haptic feedback suit that makes virtual reality more immersive, Bishoff’s team was invited to participate at the Global Hackathon in South Korea.

Bishoff is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honors society, and received a Northrop Grumman Scholarship and TIAG Scholarship. He has interned at Google and the U.S. Department of Defense. He also completed a summer undergraduate research fellowship through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and served as a research assistant in the MAPLE Lab and an undergraduate teaching assistant in computer science.

Soon after graduation Bishoff will start as a software engineer for the rideshare company Lyft.

Image: Michael Bishoff, second from the left, with fellow HackUMBC organizers during the closing ceremonies of the competition; photo courtesy of Michael Bishoff. Portrait by Marlayna Demond ‘11 for UMBC.