AT&T Mobile App Hackathon – San Francisco Recap
AT&T Mobile App Hackathon was in San Francisco this last weekend with @autismspeaks for a very productive autism focused hackathon. 170+ attendees + a Shih-tzu showed up to pump out 25 autism specific applications that addressed one of the 12 previously crowdsourced ideas.
A big thank you goes out to Autism Speaks, HP, AT&T Sponsorship Team, Benetech, AT&T Diversity Marketing for helping pull the event together as well as getting the word out. To the judges, we thank you for your time in reviewing the applications as well as giving your valuable feedback to the teams.
We would also like to take this time to invite you to openly network via a Google Document as a number of you have expressed interest in continuing your projects as well as networking with the other attendees that you may have not had the chance to meet.
Pictures and tweets from the event can be found here:
For those of you interested in my presentation, I showed the last couple of pages from this presentation: http://prezi.com/5_flpxwnqlof/1-att-mobile-app-hackathon-starter-presentation/
Without further ado, here is a list of the teams that competed this last weekend:
NearToDone – As the user walks around the house they see ToDo (NFC) Tags. Walking into the kitchen they touch their smart phone to various “NearToDone” tags. If it is time to do the task the applications shows the detailed pic. There is a button to watch a video and a “help me” button. Depending on the task the “help me” button contacts different people. Once the task is complete the NFC tag will remind the user the task was done and allow them to reschedule.
Photo Flash Cards – Photo Flash Cards is a simple app that allows a user to take a picture of anyone and make a virtual flashcard out of it. The labels could be the names of family members, friends, and acquaintances if the child is learning different family relationships. Or, the labels could be emotional states (happy, sad, angry, scared, surprised) if the autistic child is learning how feelings are portrayed.
Making Friends – Making Friends will give individuals the practice and confidence needed to meet new people and build relationships. Through an addictive “”game-like”” activity individuals can practice interpreting facial expression, body language, personal hygiene, self regulation and the social pragmatic skills of initiating and maintaining appropriate conversations. Earn confidence points while making new friends. Designed to meet the needs of everyone with three levels of play and multiple language choices.
Puzzled – We make it easy for autistic people and families to find the most accommodating local businesses and services. From getting your haircut to finding an autistic friendly karate instructor, Puzzled helps you find autistic friendly businesses in a quick and easy way.
Under the Sea iN-Motion – Calm scene to reduce children with sensory overload.
Mindwave Flash Cards – This app provides a way to go through flash cards, and at the same time, through the help of neural sensor technology, help find out which particular cards have a soothing effect on the child (or even adult).
Familee – Familee allows parents to create stacks of family flashcards using face-detection algorithms created by our team. Currently, those who are autistic may have trouble identifying family members and other close individuals. In order to remedy this problem, Familee allows users to easily flip through selected cards and see their relation to each individual. Contact information is displayed as well.
My Visit to the Dentist – We have a 7 years old daughter and a 10 year old son. Both of them are afraid to go to the dentist because they assume that visiting dentist means they will experience painful tooth pull out in their every visit. Thus they start crying because they don’t know what will happen to them when they will go to the dentist. Imagine how the parents of nonverbal kids go through when they have to take their kids to the dentist. So, we have developed ‘My Visit to the Dentist’ app that will bridge the gap. It will explain the kids step by step nonverbal/verbal about visiting to the dentist.
Puzzle Scheduler – We chose an idea of a picture scheduler from the approved list. We have build two apps — one for parent and one for a child. Parent can chose the list of activities his child needs to perform during the day. An example of such a list could be to brush teeth, to vacuum clean the room, to take a bath, to watch a cartoon.
In the morning child opens his app, and it shows him a puzzle. The starting piece is already placed, and contains no activity. Three possible activities are shown, only one of which would match the puzzle piece that is already places. After performing an activity, child moves the puzzle piece corresponding to the activity next to the existing puzzle piece. If the activity was chosen properly, pieces connect, and next three possibilities are shown.
PlaySplosion – Our application calms Autistic Breakdowns while building social skills with a Virtual Pet that kids can play with and can speak to like a friend. Playsplosion is a virtual guinea pig that demands attention. The child is kept active playing with their virtual pet (rubbing his tummy, feeding him and more) which diverts their attention from the triggers that provoked a breakdown. Children can speak to the pet like a friend and it will reply intelligently with Natural Language Processing. It will respond intelligently to queries like “”Do you like Pizza?”” and it also responds to trigger words like “”help”” or “”I’m lost””. A child can tell their pet their worries and concerns and if the child needs help, the app notifies parents and teachers. The Playsplosion Virtual Pet is a child’s best friend who they can talk with to calm them down and to build social skills.
iConnect – iConnect is a free mobile application that helps users maintain a natural and balanced social rhythm when interacting with their most important relationships. It helps the user manage their interactions to feel more at ease with the quality and stability of their network. iConnect presents a social network visualization with occasional recommendations of which friends they should contact. How soon they should contact them and how to contact them to keep their social network in a healthy state. In other words, it’s an app that reminds you when and how you need to engage with your relationships. With this free app, we will be able to capture data that it can be useful organizations that want to improve the quality of life for people living along the spectrum. The information we gather from our application can help organizations such as: Pharmaceutical companies, Academia, & Research studies.
CleanRadio – CleanRadio is a clean, super-simple to use intelligent radio which displays soothing imagery. Online radio like Spotify is very difficult to use for children and is near impossible to use with a child suffering in an Autistic breakdown. Our radio lets users choose their favorite type of music and then plays it for them from SoundCloud. The application has only two buttons – play/pause and next – and these two buttons are very large to let children press them with ease. CleanRadio can be used to calm Autistic breakdowns as well with soothing imagery and soft music. Another issue is with children with ADHD – some children can be distracted easily by flashing ads and bright colors. This radio is simple and is not distracting. We took the technology we used to build CleanRadio and used it to make a web purifier. CleanWeb is a Chrome extension that injects a custom Twitter Bootstrap theme onto websites to reduce their complexity automatically to make websites easy for children to use.
Pic Schedule – Photo scheduler is a digital version of a classroom activity. It lets the child organize their day in an easy way. It can use the camera from the device to take photos which is easier than using a camera and printing them out.
BeeLine Reader Diagnostic Web App – Only 56% of autistic students graduate from high school. One of the reasons for this is that they do not read well. Reading is the foundation of our education system. Reading is a complex task, and BeeLine makes reading easier by minimizing line transition errors. This helps autistic students read more easily, and better understand what they are reading, thus enabling them to learn more and succeed in life.
Picture Schedule – Picture schedule for people with autism. Customizable with pictures and video.
Auspeak – An iPad app with flashcards already set up that can be customized by taking a picture or uploading pictures from your ipad. The parent or caregiver can then enter the word that the picture is intended to represent and record their voice revealing the answer.
EQ Test – Helping autistic children learn emotions by playing with their friends and family.
SensoryAR – Switch between three building scenes to calm down from sensory overload, without looking away from the real world.
Best Friend – Best Friend is an augmented reality based app to assist the individuals or parents of kids with autism by providing the following: display agencies and organizations, Medical services, early intervention services, my family (where are my family members/friends now) This app provides the view via camera, as well normal list view. Apart from that using this app people can donate to the Autism Speaks.
Notos – Our app will help the user identify themselves with people they know through good things that happen. It combines two ideas from the list, Family Flashcards and Good Things. This combination is essential for the user to associate themselves with people they know through good memories that they had with them, strengthening the bonds for the person. The app is created in a way to make it easily accessible and usable for the user.
good-list – The good list is for assessing what happend good in a day for a child with Autism. Whether they are non-verbal to those who are more adept, the good list is flexible for capturing different learner feedback. The system ask the student serval simple questions, and then tracks that feedback for both good and bad. This way everyone from teachers and therapies to parents can track what is good day over day in a students life.
Memento – Created an app for children with autism that will help them link visual images with emotions.
iTrust – According to various research resources, autistic adults have a tough time trying to remember all the faces that the met, over objects in their daily lives. This not only makes it awkward for them but also lessens their confidence while they try to strike a conversation with people around them. It led us to realize the need over building a trust network for an autistic person. Not only does this trust network show flash cards of people they have met and interacted with, but also does it help in their conversation itself going way smoother than what it is today. Our app recognizes the face of a person that an autistic individual has met before by simply letting him take a picture from some metres away. In addition, a click on a button will record the conversation the person is having with him and do analytics over it – to show the hashtags reflecting the person’s personality itself and this gets stored as values within the social network as well.
Independence Maker – We are trying to make organizing tasks easier for people with autism.
EmoCam – Emotion self and other awareness deficits are a challenge for Autistic Spectrum folks. Our technology is an emotional coach in your pocket.