Duke Big Byte Hackathon – Event Recap – Raleigh, NC
The Duke Big Byte Hackathon saw a number of talented students come out to compete for prizes that totaled close to $10k with multiple laptops and tablets up for grabs. The hackathon ran over night in one of the libraries on the Duke Univeristy Campus. One of the big requirements of this hackathon was that the participants had to use iOS.
A big thanks goes out to Duke University’s CoLab for hosting as well as our other sponsors for co-producing the event and staying up with us over multiple nights to keep the energy going at the event. This was the first five day hackathon we held with the intent that the participants had enough time to develop fully native mobile applications as well as possibly integrate data analysis into their apps. For social and images from the event, check out our Facebook Image Repository.
Here’s a list of the four major challenges and the winners:
- Best Use of iTune Store Catalog API – The Road Not Taken
- Best Native Objective-C App – TouchTunes
- Best Use of AT&T API – CommunicAid
- Audience Choice – iDiscover
Here is the master list of submitted apps:
The Road Not Taken – Select from an immersive collection of all the genres on the iTunes Store. Upon selection, make your choice after hearing a short preview of two songs. After just a few songs, your behavior is analyzed using propriety algorithms and you’re given a Hipsta-Score telling you how popular your decisions were compared to other users.
TouchTunes – TouchTunes enables you to look for popular songs with your choice of levels of danceability and energy.
CommunicAid – This iPad app aims to enhance over-the-counter experiences for customers with speech and hearing disabilities. Using the AT&T speech recognition API, this app allows such customers to converse with the cashier by displaying their spoken words to the customer in real time. Customers with speaking or hearing disabilities can now easily and efficiently customize their orders, pose queries and strike a conversation as they check out their products.
iDiscover – Discover new artists you may like through a short listening session of song clips.
EthanGottlieb – A trivia app that takes the top 100 iTunes songs and enables users to guess the song.
SplitTheGold – The app helps people keep a record of transactions between a group of people, usually when they go out on a trip together. It also keeps memos and comments about each event, and allows a discussion board for people involved.
uoME – Splitting bills at dinner time as well as with roommates is always a pain. This app simplifies the splittling of single and multiple bills.
iFeel – Ever want the right song to come on based on how you are feeling at this moment? iFeel enables you to navigate through the main iTunes Store tabs (Music, Albums, Apps) according to your current emotion!