AT&T Veterans Hackathon – NYC
It was an honor to have worked with a number of veterans this last weekend in the first ever AT&T Veteran Hackathon. With over 50 developers and 7 apps created, the various teams, along with guidance from our seasoned veteran speakers, produced some excellent applications. Todd Bowers, a VP with JP Morgan Chase, Derek Blumke, co-founder of Student Veterans of America, and Dan Caulfield, a seasoned veteran focused startup entrepreneur, kicked off the weekend with rousing speeches that helped to guide the application development over the course of the weekend.
Veterans total close to 23 million (National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, 2010) and make up 11% of the adult civilian population and astounding 26% of the homeless population (Homeless Research Institute, 2007). The apps that were created over the course of the weekend addressed creating tighter bonds within the veteran social network as well as helping veterans gain the skills they need to level up.
Thank you to all our sponsors, senseis and speakers that made this event such a great success. These events are only possible due to your valuable donations of time and resources. I’d also like to provide special recognition to Intel, Foursquare, HTC and SendGrid who went above and beyond providing invaluable on site support. If you are interested in pictures from the event, they can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.564975120215879.1073741849.151603081553087&type=1
Without further ado I present to you the apps created at the Veteran Hackathon:
Team Say Thanks – 3rd Place Overall Winner – This is a simple way to connect good-willed people with military service members to allow them to express their gratitude with words, a photo or a short video. Technologies used: Python, Instagram, Bootstrap, Flask, MySQL
Team Veterans Alert Call – a veteran’s health can be monitored and if some factors require calling for assistance it will do so automatically – e.g. heart rate too high – send sms message. Technologies used: HTC Bluetooth LE SDK.
Team City and the Weather – Situation Awareness App, that loads up available Traffic cameras on specified address or around current location, so user can select any streaming camera from the map, once he selects the Camera on the map, the live video stream from that street or traffic cam will come on the background of the app screen , and app will also show current weather condition (pulled from http://www.cdyne.com/) and also show the Transit Status in case an are suspended, delayed or planned work. It could be a great app for Veterans working in the field, so before they get there, they can check and assess the situation at the site using street camera, traffic cameras and Weather conditions. Technologies used: Windows Phone 8 SDK, Nokia Maps, New York City Open Data, and IP Camera Streaming.
Team GetVetJob – Vets find jobs based on location, either from phone’s location or entered value. Technologies used: Android
Team Talk to a Veteran – ATT API Prize Winner, 2nd Place Overall Winner – Connects young people who are thinking about joining the military with veterans for unbiased advice. Technologies used: Jquery mobile, Backbone js, and Stackmob.
Team Local Hero – 1st Place Overall Winner – Connects local need with local skill-matching veterans and provides a way for locals to thank veterans.