Shape Hackathon recap: Robots, rides, and innovative apps
We took over the top level of AT&T Park in San Francisco to host the Shape Hackathon. Developers came to the ballpark and formed 75 teams that competed for over $100,000 in cash and prizes. They were able to build apps for three different challenge areas (each with a bevy of individual challenges): Smart Cities, Internet of Things (IoT), and NextGen Video.
Beyond the challenges there was plenty to keep teams occupied. Of course, there was fantastic food. In the spirit of being at a ballpark we were serving up hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, and peanuts, plus a whole lot more.
Honda setup a station of UNI-CUBs, a self-balancing personal mobility device, that was a huge hit. People were riding them throughout the large area and building some really interesting apps to work with the transportation devices. While Suitable Technologies had Beam robots roaming around the event; attendees could man the robots and interact with people walking through the hackathon. See some of the fun in our Facebook video.
Check out this video featuring the UNI-CUBs at the hackathon:
Prior to the event, we had a pre-hackathon challenge for the most efficient app as measured by AT&T ARO. Anyone could enter, and the winner of the most efficient app was CrossTech.
Best Overall App Shape Hackathon Winners
For this event, teams were allowed to work on existing projects as long as they met minimum requirements for fresh code and API integration. They also had to submit a three-minute video pitch for the first round of judging. We had some fantastic demos. Without further ado, here are the winners of the Shape Hackathon.
Best Overall App 1st Place – $20K: Watchdog
“Over 5,000 people are treated for physical assault every single day. This issue of sexual assault and physical violence has become an increasingly important issue not only in our nation, but also around the world. We believe the only solution is to involve our entire community. That’s exactly why we built Watchdog, an alert-based criminal inhibition platform that helps the average person to safely walk through dangerous areas.”
Watch the team’s video pitch:
Best Overall App 2nd Place – $10K: Smart City AirMonitor
“Monitors air quality using solar powered sensors on cars. The app informs drivers of optimized routes through the dashboard in real-time and shows city officials’ analytics with heat maps for smarter city planning on pollution. It can even dispatch oLLobot for cleanup like WALL-E.”
Best Overall App 3rd Place – $5K: SmartCityCan
“To help San Francisco’s goal of reaching 0% trash, we have come up with an IoT classifier smart trashcan that separates your compost, recyclables, and landfill waste. With city integration, it also optimizes trash pickup by providing the shortest path between full trashcans, which can cut costs and improves efficiency.”
Winners of the Sponsor Challenges
IoT App Challenge 1st Place – $5,000: CoolKids
“CoolKids SafeCar is designed to help prevent heat-related tragedies that can result when toddlers and small children being inadvertently left in cars. Additionally, our solution provides opportunities for location-specific entertainment options for children and passengers to reduce distracted driving.”
Next-Gen Video App Challenge 1st Place – $5,000: Sports 360
“Sports 360 is a sports social platform to share the atmosphere, within a stadium, as 360 video with fans watching on a TV that may not be able to get the same experience otherwise.”
Smart Cities App Challenge 1st Place – $5,000 – FastPark
“FastPark takes the pain out of parking. Using IoT hardware such as iBeacons, vehicles are detected in parking areas. DragonBoards detect the presence of other vehicles and relays this info along with video to the M2X, FlowDesigner, Azure backend to process. A companion mobile app shows parking density for finding spaces. Once your vehicle is parked, it automatically switches into parked mode and shows time, fees, maps, and video of the area. Ideally, parking prices adjust dynamically as demand fluxuates. No more hunting for spaces, confusing parking rules, handicapped limitations on spaces, barely expired meters with tickets. Just park your car and FastPark handles the rest.”
Qualcomm Technology Challenge 1st Place – $5,000: FastPark
DIRECTV Interactive App Challenge 1st Plast – $5,000: TV-bot
“TVbot is an A.I. bot that allows you to control the DirectTV set-top box with your voice.”
M2X + Flow + Azure Challenge 1st Place – $5,000: Smart Circuit Breaker
“Smart Circuit Breaker sends text messages during power failures and allow field service to use data analytics to predict future failures.”
AT&T Digital Life Home Challenge 1st Place – $5,000: Lifeline
“If the app hears you saying certain key safe words like ‘Fire’ and ‘Help’ we automatically notify emergency services and emergency numbers you provide.”
Best use of LG 360 Cam 1st Place – $2,500: Sports 360
Best use of Nuance Technology 1st Place – $2,500: TV-bot
Best Use of AT&T Drive Challenge 1st Place – $5,000: Car Secure
“A car security mobile app that alerts you when someone is trying to enter your car, break the glass, unlock the door, or puncture the tires. It initiates a video call on your car’s dashboard and lets you see the car surroundings using a 360-degree camera and to communicate with the thief. It also allows you to honk the horn, call 911, track your car in real-time and turn off the engine. This app can also help you if you forgot where your car’s parked.
Enhanced Push-To-Talk (EPTT) Challenge 1st Place – $5,000: Shaka Talk
“Shaka Talk is an educational app that facilities real-time collaboration, discussion, and safety for students and teachers.”
Enhanced WebRTC Challenge 1st Place – $5,000: Mobile Dispatcher
“We are integrating mobility into situational awareness for public safety and emergency responders by providing pervasive access to relevant information that empowers emergency managers. We envision our smart cities to have drone stations along with various sensors at different vantage points.”
AT&T Public Safety Challenge 1st Place – $5,000: Mobile Dispatcher
IBM Watson Challenge 1st Place – $5,000: SmartStop
“SmartStop is a real life Poke stop that provides conveniences and safety to Pokémon Go players, offering cities and businesses opportunities to acquire valuable data to advertise better.
The DragonBoard-enabled SmartStop will provide a mobile hotspot sponsored by nearby businesses. Players can gather, connect to the hotspot, and catch Pokémon. Through the Watson Image Recognition API, SmartSpot can alert users when Pokémon shows up nearby. The live webcam allows law enforcement to monitor the gathering spot for public safety. Various sensor data is pushed to M2X with Flow Designer for further analysis by the city. For example, the estimated number of people at each gathering point would allow the police department to adjust personnel accordingly.”
Shape Kicker Contest Winners
“Many people attend large campuses and facilities every day, and many may not be in the proximity of their destination. Everywhere we go, we believe in going somewhere with purpose. To travel accurately in a large vicinity, we need to travel simple, smaller, and smarter. With the Uni-Guide application, users can now request rides from UNI-CUB units and arrange a pick-up location. The traveler will then ride on the UNI-CUB to their desired destination within the building. After the user has been dropped off, the UNI-CUB will go back to its charging station until commanded by another user. When you’re lost, Uni-Guide will get you there.”
Best Use of Pebble Technology 1st Place – Up to 5 Pebble Time Watches: Stepify
“Currently, in the US, approximately one in three kids are considered to be obese or overweight, but we’re here to help change that. That is why we designed and developed Stepify – a fitness Pebble Watch app. The app allows the user to feed a virtual living avatar by walking. We believe this encourages those who struggle to spend time outside to break this habit as it motivates them to do so.”
Best Use of Philips Hue 1st Place – Up to 5 Philips Hue Kits: MÜDE
“Experience music in a way you never have before with MÜDE. MÜDE helps you visualize music by displaying different color schemes that correspond to the feel of the music. MÜDE is a new way to experience your music, whether it’s to entertain, relax, or have fun.”
Best Use of Robotics Technology 1st Place – Up to 5 Robotis Mini and ARV $2,500: Bowling Ball
“Our app is a robot that travels around the city, informing people it encounters of hazards, trash to pick-up, etc. It uses a rotating camera to discern where to go, and the AT&T IoT to manage the hardware.”
iHeartRadio API Challenge 1st Place – Up to 5 tickets to the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Lad Vegas: Heart Caller
“Enables real-time communication (messaging and audio) between radio stations and their listeners. Our app uses JS, jQuery, Node, Express, Socket.io, WebRTC, EngineX, and Docker to bridge this media gap. Listeners can browse station by Genre/City nationwide and has livestream playback ability.”
Jaguar and Rover Web RVI Challenge 1st Place – Up to 6 Land Rover Driving Experience (1/2 Day at Quail Lodge in Carmel, CA): Home Not Alone
“It’s a smarter home security system for your house and your loved ones. It will keep track of any living beings and events in your home. During an emergency, the app will inform the designated emergency contact person (friend and family) so they can help you or check on your house.”
Finally, we’d like to thank everyone who came out to make this a memorable experience and all our sponsors. Do you have a favorite app from the list of winners? If so, let us know in the comments.