Event Recap: AT&T Mobile App Hackathon – Atlanta
What happens when 123+ passionate and creative developers, designers, and entrepreneurs come together to hack home solutions? Open discussions, great networking, new friendships and projects getting launched. In the course of just 24 hours, 15 teams were formed to hack, code and design some truly awesome app solutions. This event showcased the creative environment that our AT&T Hackathons are all about.
A big thank you goes out to our AT&T Foundry Team for allowing us to hijack their space for a weekend and to Pratik Patel and Team Sitter for some great technical talks. Lastly, a shout out to both Samsung and Intel for sponsoring the event and providing some really great prizes that should lead to more awesome hacks in the future.
Please be sure to post a comment to let us know who you believe should win the Community Choice Award.
Day 1 – Lightning Talks and Team Formation
We kicked off the event on Friday evening with over 100 participants overcoming the cold and random snow flurries to enjoy a full dinner and a chance to network with other members of the local technical community.
At 7PM we began lightning talks featuring Ben Nelson, Tony Noori, Annalisa Recio and Brian O’Connor from Team Sitter, Marwan Kadado and Pratik Patel. Of special note is Pratik Patel’s presentation on getting started with Arduino including material on how to properly leverage the combined power of Arduino and Android. Pratik was kind enough to pass along his sample code, which you can find linked below:
- Tools for Working with Arduino
- Repo with Arduino-Android + Titanium source code:
Day 2 – Code Completion and Pitching!
A number of teams arrived before 10AM in order to ensure they could get the best spot possible to continue coding! There was plenty of food throughout the day to keep everyone fully energized for the final stretch of coding, including some awesome BBQ!
While the majority of teams focused on everyday automation, Team House Party developed Bash Box, an app to help automate house parties and integrate social gamification into both music and lighting. In addition, it leveraged cameras in the home in order to post pictures of messages about the awesome party going down.
The winning teams were a mix of highly creative and extremely well executed ideas. Each team clearly communicated their ideas to our judges and highlighted what made their app unique:
- Best Overall Mobile App – Team Gesture
- Best Use of AT&T Digital Life
- 1st Place – Team DL Voice
- 2nd Place – Team Let Em In
- 3rd Place – Team My Digital Travel Life
- Best Use of Samsung Gear – Team Gesture
- Best Hardware Hack
- 1st Place – Team Digital Life Voice
- 2nd Place – Team Let Em In
- Most Useful Feedback – Team OpenSesame
- Honorable Mention – Team Smart Zone
- Community Choice Award – TBA (Post a comment to let us know which idea you believe should win!)
Big Thanks to Everyone Who Came Out!
We’d like to thank all of our sponsors that make this event possible and every participant who braved the cold weather and potential snow in order to spend the weekend hacking. We hope that everyone left the event with a few more friends and a bit more coding knowledge!
Here is a list of all of the projects that were pitched:
Team House Party – “Bash Box is created by Team House Party and is our first app and enables party goers to post pics & music to a shared screen as well as post data to social media.”
Team Team Peek-a-boo – “Peek-a-boo is a secure real estate access app that enables an instant open house for prospective home buyers. The app removes the necessity for home builders to have a real estate agent to show homes, thus saving them the 3% commission that would be owed and giving AT&T a head start on their competitors during the highest consumption period in the average persons’ life.”
Team Gesture – “Gesture controlling your home, turn off your llights, open doors, or set off the alarm using your movements. Also features a fall feature, our app detects if someone has fallen and will perform specific actions, We can also monitor in realtime on our webserver the various devices and their statuses.”
Team Pocket Home – “PocketHome is an app that allows both landlords and tenants to manage their properties. People who rent can use PocketHome to search for apartments, check ratings on landlords, and manage their bills. Property owners can pull up a list of the units they manage at a glance, view payment details of renters, and receive messages for maintenance requests, etc. We simplify where you call home.”
Team Home Cockpit – “This application integrates with gesture control built into the Myo Armband to control smart devices in your home. It allows the integration of any smart device that has an API. This will allow the control all your smart devices from a single application and enable hands free gesture control.”
Team DL Voice – “We have a solution that allows users to control AT&T Digital Life devices with their voice. We have come up with a hardware & software solution to control AT&T Digital Life without the need to touch your phone.”
Team My Digital Travel Life – “My Digital Travel Life App aims at improvising personal travel experience. For our demonstration purpose we are pitching hotel industry. Say a person has membership at Hyatt, through their portal they would be having customers room ambience preferences like temperature settings, light dim levels, etc. In our app/idea, we have an RFID card reader which is the hotel key & would be acting as user identification key. Once the user scans their card at RFID reader placed in front of the room, the Arduino controller integrates into Digital Life APIs and sends respective commands to set user room preferences. This idea could well be extended into personal space like family members having different preferences for ambience/theme for the room. Using the app, multi-tasking users can play with devices while looking at [a] LIVE feed to get a visual feedback.”
Team Eir – “Eir is a messaging and video streaming app that allows health care provider[r]s and family connect with patients. Eir allows the patient to create a care team and control access to home automation and personal information. Through these multiple points of care concentrated on one platform, Eir will prevent readmits and fill gaps in care with high risk patients.”
Team Seizure Detector – “Using an open source formula for detecting seizures based on various movements Seizure can detect when someone has a seizure and notify other people.”
Team Open Sesame – “A WatchKit app that will detect when you have arrived home and will let you open the door from your watch.”
Team Item Finder – “Item-Finder Apps uses coding for Android with Flex Sensor to detect Items in range of Your Mobile Phone with the AT&T Digital-Life API and Sensor Activated. It can be Your Car or Your Electronics Devices. You’ll never lose Your Gear as long as You are Tracking with Item-Finder.”
Team Smart Zone – “Our SmartZone App uses the Digital Life API to target a niche consumer market. It helps insurance companies adjust premiums depending on evidence based sensor data from smart homes. The app uses aggregated data to determine scaleable results, by comparing where each home stands in comparison to the neighborhood block and much more.”
Team Monitor Plus – “Monitoring service for family members. Know how grandma is doing through the day.”
Team Let Em In – “Our app monitors a pet door for activity inside and outside the house. When activity is detected, the door is unlocked allowing the pet access through the door. If the activation is from outside, the system takes a picture and sends that to the owner for verification. Upon verification, the door is unlocked allowing the pet access. After the pet has passed through the door, it is locked again.”
Team KinKen – “KinKen allows you to track the emotional well being of loved ones. It leverages Digital Home Technologies to help facilitate a digital presence and stay connected to the individuals that you care most about. KinKen cuts through the digital noise and allows you to focus on the people that matter the most.”