AT&T Notre Dame Hackathon – Event Recap
We just closed out our first Notre Dame hackathon with 60+ developers coming out to hack 14 projects! A wide spectrum of attendees turned out to try app development along with a 9 year old, who demo-ed an app he made with Scratch, a Purdue student and a number of Notre Dame alumni. The Notre Dame Innovation Park hosted the event at their wonderful facility with an insane open area of 5000+ sqft, modular tables and writeable walls everywhere!
John Donovan, an ’82 alum of Notre Dame, kicked off the event with an inspirational talk about where you can take your career by participating in highly social events like hackathons as well as focusing on the in-person interaction. Additionally, he painted a very vivid picture of a world where we leverage machine “intelligence” to better our lives, such as umbrellas that light up to let us know it might be good to carry one around because the probability of rain has already been calculated for us. At the same time, John challenged the students to contrast advancement simply for the sake of advancement and the long term societal and global impact of our technology projects.
This event was made possible through the generous donation of space as well as time from the Notre Dame Innovation Park team. Notre Dame has beautiful facilities and a very dedicated team that stayed with the hackathon late into the night and even got up at the crack of dawn (thanks Dave) to field local TV interviews. And, of course, we have to thank AT&T PR for lining up the excellent local media coverage.
With an all expense trip to the AT&T Foundry in Plano, the teams hunkered down to produce a wide variety of apps. One of the most family friendly apps was FamilyStoryTime, an app that helped parents tell their kids a story based on their travels. Another app was called Beacon, which helps two people physically find each other by sharing their GPS locations. The kicker is that their GPS is ONLY shared when you use the app and the app cannot access GPS at any other time. An app that had really good API integration was called ZapRead, which was an app that functioned similarly to Summly (http://summly.com/about.html)
Without further ado, here are the finalists that will be presenting for a couple thousand dollars in prizes as well as an all expense paid trip to visit the AT&T Foundry in Plano, Texas (Dallas, Texas) at the Notre Dame Mobile Summit on 10/11/13:
Here are the winners from the hackathon:
- 1st Place Non-Student: Family Story Time
- 2nd Place Non-Student: Should I Upgrade?
- 3rd Place Non-Student: NTD Awareness
- Best UI: NDBay
- Best ND Themed:HappeND
- Best CIO: NDBay
- Best Education App: ZapRead
And here is a full list of teams and project descriptions:
Bar Tab Rewards App
Bar Tab Rewards is an app that rewards customers for their loyalty to nightlife. The nightlife industry is a hundred billion dollar industry currently existing with no reward system for repeat customers, so Bar Tab Rewards will solve that problem!
Family Story Time
An interactive family story time with the ability to inject your own images.
Best In Show
With our app, Best in Show, we look to take popular photo-sharing databases of cute animals to the next level through putting the traditionally passive user in control of his/her experience. While twitter handles like @cuteemergency garner over 650,000 followers and collectively animal photo-sharing contains a market in the tens of millions, these large databases fail to engage their followers in anything more than allowing them to view photos that have already been predetermined. With Best in Show, the user is immediately immersed in hands-on decision making and a social aspect never before seen in today’s animal photo-sharing market. Giving the power of choice to the user coupled with the personal interest invested in your dog’s success and an added rewards system to grow and retain followers, Best in Show will revolutionize the “passive” approach of animal photo-sharing giants.
Finding someone on a college campus, while tailgating, or at a concert is next to impossible in large crowds. There should be a way for people to track down their friends using smartphones. In comes Beacon. Beacon allows you to broadcast your location to your friends for a short amount of time. After 5 minutes, your beacon expires, and no one will be showing up at your door in the middle of the night. The days of sitting alone at a concert and missing your friends are over. Let life find you!
AnyCard is a flashcard app that can crop various types of text files, photos, websites and make them into flashcards. These flashcards may prove to be useful for different users, especially students, in learning, test prepping and even entertainments.
Calendars are boring. Something, somewhere, someway, somehow. I want to know what going on here and now. So I open up HappeND (you can tell it’s a great app because it does the little trick where the last letter of one word is also the first letter of the next), it says, “You are here, and these are things happening around you.” If you want more details, you tap on the marker. If you want to see what’s happening on another day, you tap on the day. Exactly what you want, when and where you want it. Simple.
There is a guy in need of a mattress. There is another guy who wants to get rid of his mattress. But there is no effective way of communication between these two guys, and this mattress eventually ends up in a dumpster. Our app, Freebeez, systematically connects these people.
It allows the person in need to just choose a category and the radius he is willing to travel. The app then displays all the relevant free stuff available and the guy can contact the person and pick up the stuff. This app is also very simple to use for a person who wants to give away. He just needs to upload the image(s) and add a description. People throwing their used stuffs – not sustainable, not cool. Why not just give it to someone in need.
Too much to read and too little time? ZapRead turns your phone into the ultimate quick-study tool. Just snap a pic of your document, and within seconds ZapRead converts the data to text, automatically identifies key words and sentences, and highlights them for you. Don’t be caught unprepared for a test or meeting – ZapRead it!
Should I Upgrade?
Compares your current mobile device to another, and gives a simple response taking the technical hurdle out of answering the question: “Should I upgrade my phone?”
Save My Tailgate
Save My Tailgate allows tailgaters to get what they need, when and where they need it. Users input what they need at their tailgate, like 16oz of ice, and what they are willing to trade or pay for it, like 2 packs of brats or $15. Save my tailgate utilizes GPS to locate available traders in the area and provides a map for the transaction. Revenue will be generated through ads and through premium users. Local merchants can also pay to appear on listings. Applications range from tailgates to festivals to concerts.
A tool to inform the general population about how mosquitos can transmit deadly viruses.
Our app leverages mobile technologies to help connect Notre Dame students that are looking to complete common transactions. We identified four categories that would benefit most from this technology — tickets, rides, books, and furniture — and developed a prototype application to help students easily buy and sell these items.
Capture and share different moments from an event at a location (a wedding for example).
A game made with http://scratch.mit.edu/ where you control a diver that collects oysters with pearls inside.