Event Recap: AT&T Hackathon in Palo Alto
What happens when 165+ developers, designers, and entrepreneurs converge on the AT&T Foundry in Palo Alto? Great networking, innovative ideas, breathtaking design, and some hard core bareknuckle coding!
I’d like to personally thank the awesome AT&T Foundry in Palo Alto for hosting us and every volunteer who helped make this possible. These events are not possible without the support of the community, and we are grateful for the assistance from both internal and external sources alike.
This was my first time back in the Bay Area for a Hackathon in over 12 months, and it did NOT disappoint. Not only did I see some truly awesome ideas for the first time, but in most cases we got to see a fully mocked up MVP!
One of the most interesting apps that we saw was TouchType, which created a two button keyboard for the blind that allowed them to adjust the letters selected based on the tilt of the devices. It was not only awesome to see a team pull together to build for accessibility, but the MVP created during the event was also extremely well done.
Without further ado please find all our entries and winners below:
AT&T Mobile App Hackathon – Palo Alto Winners
- Best App From a Woman Led Team – MyoJam
- Best App From an All Women Team – Troop
- Best App From an All Women Team – Selfie App
- Best Use of AT&T APIs – Speech Empowered
- Best Use of Myo Armband – MyoJam
- Honorable Mention – TouchType
- Honorable Mention – Smart Eco Drive
Don’t forget to help us select our Community Choice Award by posting a comment below telling us which app from our Palo Alto Hackathon is your favorite.
Troop – “Though distance can strain relationships, we can use technology to share experiences without being physically beside each other. “Troop” uses music and fitness to connect people over shared accomplishments. Getting tired on your hike? Your friend can send you words of encouragement! Loving that Beyonce song on your workout playlist? Get pumped listening to it with another friend training for a marathon. Rebuild relationships while working towards your fitness goals. Troop – get fit with friends, wherever you are.”
Selfie App – “Our app helps people to take selfies from afar (such as using a selfie stick or a tripod) by using arm gestures with the Myo armband. The settings can also be changed with the movement of the arms so the user need not walk towards the phone or bring the phone towards the them just to change the settings.”
CareShifts – “There come’s a time when every person could use a ltitle assistance. CareShifts helps families take care of their loved ones by coordinating tasks, scheduling support, and monitoring people in need. Whether this is during times of illness or a life changing event. With the added support for gesture-based notification, CareShifts allows alarming loved-ones and caregivers whenever medicine has not been taken or immediate care is required.”
MyoJam – “Our app allows you to make music, dance, and jam with friends with a myo armband and the iPhone app. First, raise your arm to start making music. Next, wave your arm with a light downward motion to play a note, much like the way you strum a guitar. Changing the direction of your arm will allow you to hit different keys. Simply, our app creates an imaginary keyboard right in front of you.”
Just Parq– “1. Show availability of parking spots nearby by Proximity sensor
- Identify parked car by NFC or RFID
- Send SMS/MMS or email notification when parking time is up
- Instant or monthly billing to car owners if parking fee occurs”
Merlin – “Merlin is a predictive solution to get stuff done that you don’t want to do or forget to do (such as scheduling your doctors appointment or getting your car washed). Tell Merlin what you want done, and it’ll learn about you to detect patterns to remind you, and make sure you do the things that matter most to you. Merlin also remembers your personal history, and can get your tasks done quickly without asking you repetitive questions.”
Safr – “Safr app integrates the unique capability of gestures that Myo bands provide with mobile applications, to enhance safety of individuals. This is especially helpful when people are by themselves traveling in a secluded area. The ability of the application also extends to individuals who can not take care of themselves and may need urgent medical attention within a short span of losing consciousness.”
Chronicles – “Chronicles allows users to create memories on the fly with multimedia capabilities including text, audio, video, images, and location. These chronicles are easy to create diary notes that the user could come back and relate to after an adventurous trip.”
SaferRoads – “SaferRoads empowers you, the citizen cyclist, to help keep the roads safer for everyone. Cities all over the country are adding awesome bike lanes to their busiest streets, but they’re often illegally littered with delivery trucks and taxi cabs. After you swerve away from a taxi crowding your lane, gesture with Myo (or tap the screen) to upload a video of the previous one minute to YouTube. When you get to your destination, review the videos, and alert the driver’s boss with the click of a button.”
Bridge – “Set a goal and build the bridges needed to help you reach your goals. Unlike LinkedIn, bridge is a professional network that aimed at helping reach your professional goals.”
AlChemy – “We create travel chemistry. Have you ever wanted to take a trip or had time off, but all of your friends were unavailable? With AlChemy we help you discover itineraries of people in your social network, 2nd and 3rd degree.”
TouchType – “To make technology accessible to all by enabling visually-impaired and blind people type with speed and accuracy on mobile devices.”
Dcide – “Wrong decisions are costly. We are building a platform that uses big open data and natural language processing to analyze contracts and help people make good decisions.”
Myo Spider – “Myo Controlled Spider is fun for physical therapy.”
Enroute – “As we all here work in the Silicon Valley, commute has become a huge part of our lives. Have you ever gotten in your car and drove for 10 minutes, only to realize that you’ve forgotten something crucial and you’re late as it is? You don’t have time to simply Yelp WalMart near you. You need a WalMart… enroute.”
Flick – “75.4 million adults have at least one physical limitation/handicap and face limitations with daily physical tasks. Our app, Flick, improves accessibility around the home for those who face challenges with mobility. Using the hand gestures detected from the user’s Myo band, our app will help users control parts of their home such as lights, doors, and windows. The application can be extended to other uses such as TV, thermostat, and other smart device control.”
Korea West Housing List – “Every 3 months, foreign nationals from the Republic of Korea arrive in the city and county of San Francisco as part of the Korea Work, English, Study, and Travel as J-1 trainees for an 18-month exchange program (a compact negotiated under the Bush Administration). Each person on their own must secure housing. This app assists government endorsed candidates to easily locate rentals.”
Kinecision – “ As coding students, all six of us made a tough decision to leave our previous careers and temporarily our lives to get to where we stand in front of you. We want to acknowledge that everyone’s mind’s process information in different ways. Some of us think analytically, for example, making pros and cons lists. Some of us speak with others in order to form their ideas. Further, some of us make decisions with our bodies. This makes a lot of sense as the body responds before our mind has a chance to register some stimulus; I’m sure we’ve all heard that smiling is more likely the cause of being happy than being happy is the cause of smiling. That’s why we’ve developed “Kinecision,” which evokes a response to stimulus related to a decision and summarizes each individual choice into a decision.
Myo SOS – “If you are in trouble, who do you call? 911? Friends? Use an app that has a panic button to alert your friends! Well, what if your intruder took away your phone? Or you suffer a heart attack and you can’t reach your phone? In such situations, our system uses Myo armband, which you can use to trigger an alert (call / sms / mms) to all your friends to help you out along with your location via a gesture that looks harmless to the intruder, but which Myo alone can read.”
Healthy Nail Salons – This app allows you to confirm that the nail salon you frequent uses safe products.
Speech Empowered – “Speech impaired people use gestures to communicate, but not often does the other person understand those gestures. So, they need a companion – which is not feasible to accompany them 24/7. There enters our app: Speech Empowered that uses Myo to capture gestures and translate them into speech.”
Smart Eco Drive – “This app shows efficient route and optimal driving speed”