AT&T Aspire Mobile App Hackathon – Seattle Event Recap
This weekend’s Aspire Mobile App Hackathon focused on education mobile apps in Seattle was just awesome. We even had a group of high schoolers from the Tri-Cities area drive all the way out to Seattle just to attend this event! They had worked hard over the weekend and it showed during their presentation.
There was even some hardware hacking that happend with ARM’s new mbed microprocessor as the team who took top honors tried to make a cyborg moving/talking teddy bear! The project involved a interesting use case of an Android phone and the AT&T Speech and Text to Speech API.
A big shout out goes to http://www.apptentive.com/, who provided an iPad mini for best use of their API as well as Hub Seattle for hosting the event. Pictures and tweets can be found through the following links:
Overall a number of excellent teams and individuals turned out, 80+ to be exact, to form 14 teams that created the following projects:
CloudNotes – We built a collaboration tool for taking notes. This enables students to create an ultimate set of notes that has several different perspectives.
Words for Kids – The best way to learn a language is by practicing. Words for Kids aims to create a platform for learning a language through audio and visual cues.
Teachers can use the camera to create flash cards of words they want their students to learn. They can also record audio for the student to hear. Students will then be able to click through the words and attempt to type the answer. If they need a hint, they can click on the picture to hear the teacher speak. Students can then earn points for getting the answer correct. By making students listen and type, they can practice both the listening and writing part of learning a language.
Wordy Wordy – the most simple dictionary app ever. Works in any browser: http://bit.ly/wordyapp
Signl – Signl is the easiest way for teachers to communicate with all their students in real-time
WordWorld – Learn in the “ambient space”. Vocabulary words to study in a collage type format
FlashCards 2 Go – Cramming is not the most effective way to study
– Studies show that spaced repetition is the most effective way to retain information, especially over the long-term
– It is hard to get motivated to start studying early and to avoid cramming
– A study has shown that on average we check our smart phones 34 times a day
– We use this phenomenon to exploit the spacing effect and help users to memorize important information on the go, and with minimal effort.
Talking Teddy – Our product is a powerful mobile application integrated into a children’s toy. Think of it as Siri for kids. The integration with a toy keeps kids interested. A simple interface makes it easy to understand. Educational content ensures that children learn while having fun.
Intraschool – Our mobile app is called instra-school. the idea behind our app is to make grades and your personal school-progress easier to access. being high school students ourselves this app is made to help students stay on top of assignments, grades, and their overall goals for the year. with the instraschool app, students will be able to move between courses located in diffrent ares (classes based in the high school and andvanced classes taken at a diffrent location such as a college)and keep up with progress without having to get on a computer and without logging in 3 diffrent times. now you wont have to guess what your grade is or what the next assignment will be and you wont have to waste the time learning 3 diffrent passwords and user names just to access the one thing you need to have constant access to.
manabu – Videos delivered through various platforms online have become an excellent source for educational and informative content. However, sometimes you’d encounter words like “prokaryotic” or “eukaryotic” that are vital to the subject but you don’t understand. Our product takes advantage of these videos and transcripts to enhance a user’s learning experience by
1) Providing them the ability to lookup words from segments of the video on the fly
2) View the opinions of others through a simplified commenting system.
Kweschun (Question) – Kweschun is as an innovative discussion platform to deeply engage presenter and audience. Audience can ask their questions right away without interrupting the presentation while audience members can vote up/down and comment on questions. When professor is ready he will respond to a curated list of questions either in class or offline. Discussion is archived for future so that audience can stay connected with presenter and his content online.
Coursera Ratings – Ratings experience to courser courses.
Show of Hands – Wireless polling systems cost schools thousands of dollars a year just so students can answer multiple choice questions. Some numbers from established players who have overstayed their welcome: $100 right off the bat, $5/mo/student thereafter, and around $250/hr for repairs. That’s too much. This is easier, quicker, and costs way, way, less.
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Schools Need You (SNU) – How do we keep kids in school? Kids are more involved when adults take an interest. How do we tap into the vast pool of adult volunteers beyond parents? Our mobile application identifies opportunities for those interested in volunteering and promotes volunteering to the schools that most need help. School Need You (SNU) gamifies volunteering thru points and levels; matches public school needs with volunteers to fill those needs; incentivizes volunteering at disadvantaged schools; generates enthusiasm for volunteering by sharing thru social media.