Recap of AT&T Hackathon in Boston: Cooking apps, popping hot club locator, and social media inspired apps
On August 19th & 20th, we traveled across the country to Workbar in downtown Boston in search of developers with a penchant for coding innovative mobile solutions. In the end, a small, but passionate and talented group of local students and developers came to hack the weekend away creating 10 apps, while finishing and presenting nine prototypes. A special thanks goes out to the staff at Workbar for giving up part of their weekend to provide us with a great space.
Our big winner at the hackathon was DoubleDown, an app that helped people find a popping local bar or club. Users were able to flag local venues, which would then be voted on via a simple interface, and then DoubleDown would tweet the winning location making it easier for everyone to find the best and most active areas of the city.
Another interesting app was Food Footprint, which looked to help people better track the carbon footprint of their food and use that information to make better decisions during the day. It’s an intriguing idea since people often only focus on the direct causes of pollution and forget that many of the daily goods they purchase have extremely large footprints that come from both their production and delivery.
Now, onto the winners:
- 1st Place Best App Overall – DoubleDown
- 2nd Place Best App Overall – SmartChef App
- Best Use of Social Media – ChatTv
Here are all the apps created at the hackathon:
Digital Snapshot – “A tool to help people find the someone’s interests by analyzing her/his social networks. The current version of the app searches Instagram and provides users with data including popular hashtags to better make gift decisions.”
Smart Chef App – “Assists a user in cooking with available ingredients in the kitchen as well with recipe name, or cuisine. You can also set a maximum time limit for the recipes to make sure you have enough time to finish.”
EarGuard – “Measure dB (decibels) in background to help protect your hearing.”
Food Print – “Our app allows users to determine the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of their daily food choices, compare the results with the national average, and share it with their friends. It promotes awareness of the impact of food choices on the climate.”
DoubleDown – “DoubleDown is a crowdsourcing social media app for finding instant local hotspots. Users hit the DoubleDown button when they find a local bar or event they think is going really well and when a hot spot is determined, DoubleDown tweets the name and location.”
ChatTv – “There’s currently no good way to live chat with other people who are watching live TV. ChatTV fixes that by providing a chatroom for each channel.”
Photo Quest – “You can put a bounty out for a photo in a location. For instance, request a photo for a picture of Boston Harbor, at 5:30 pm today. People can navigate to the location, and take and upload a picture for that location.”
EmotedPage – “Original idea: change served data depending on emotional response (i.e. change produces data depending on user engagement with viewing). What we have built so far: a native iOS app front end (originally intended to capture facial expressions, and operate the device camera) that sends data (just device orientation for now, but meant to be facial expression data) to a Python backend providing web pages in response when the iOS app’s request data. ”
VidNow – “Our solution analyzes your social media channels and then provides YouTube content based on your interests and hashtag history.”