AT&T Mobile App Hackathon – Bee Conservation – Seattle Event Recap
This last weekend, developers were challenged with creating interactive art designed to help educate about the decline in bee populations. With over 60 people showing up to the event and 10 teams, the solutions were as diverse as the crowd. We had a number of bee keepers and local artists that came to lend their expertise as well!
To give you an idea of the project/idea diversity, one team created and drew a story book that told a bee story and even included a simple interactive display for the kids. Another team created an entire bee focused game within 10 hours (note: the game is optimized for mobile and touch).
Big thanks goes out to the team at Ratio for spending time at the event over the weekend with the developers, as well as all of the artists and bee keepers that attended! Finally, for those of you interested in the restaurants that we ordered from and social media, please check out these links:
- Event pictures on Facebook
- Friday Dinner – Tamarind Tree
- Saturday Breakfast – Panera
- Saturday Lunch – Jemil’s Big Easy
As for the winning projects, here they are:
- Top Three Teams ($500 per team to split): Join The Hive, Bee Wildered, & Bee Active
- Honorable Mentions (One Jar of Urban Bee Honey): Wandering Bee, Buzzy The Bee & Bee Gee.
Bee Gees feat. Bees – Sometimes you need a little pick me up with something a bit goofy.
Join the Hive – Inspired by the parallel hives of bees to the hives of humans – our airports, we created #joinTheHive, a digital art installation to engage passengers to learn a little about our bees. The visitor can observe the swarm, digital art imitating life, and participate by telling us their destination city – and we will relate it to the life of bees.
Billy’s Bee Story – Billy’s Bee Story follows along as Billy learns all about bees from his Dad. You’ll learn about the different roles bees have in the hive. Plus, there’s a cool animated representation of a bee moving from a flower to a hive.
Beewildered – Beewildered is a game where you are a bee who has been exposed to Neonicotinoid Pesticides. These types of chemicals confuse the bees and make it difficult for them to find their way back to their hives. In this exciting game your character avoids trees, predators, and collects nectar, only to find out that he has returned to the wrong hive! His queen will not be pleased!
Bee Social – Our application allows bee keepers to keep track of their hives and embrace social activism and involvement.
Textponder – Itelligently auto reply to text messages using chatbots and WolframAlpha.
Twitter-Hive – Promote awareness among the million twitter users.
WonderingBee – We built an interactive art piece that motivates people to think about bees in an interactive an engaging way
Bee Active – Attract travelers by showing bee activity going on at SeaTac and engaging them with live feeds and Twitter interaction. This attraction and engagement will teach visitors about the plight of the bees.
Buzzy the Bee – We want to bring attention to the role bees have in our society, with food production and stress the importance of avoiding use of pesticides, into a large setting. For children, this means learning through video games. While waiting for a flight, a child can play with the Buzzy the Bee application. Because there will be displays on both sides of the box with Android devices secured underneath. This game will allow them to avoid poisonous trees, steer toward organic tree groves for bonus points, and at the end get a quick educational video. On the display box, there are also three buttons to press, where a video is displayed about what people can do to help keep the bees safe. With enough development, the game can be a successful downloadable application and spread the word solidly about the importance of keeping pesticides out of our environment.
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