Event Recap: AT&T Mobile App Hackathon Dallas – Connected Car
We just finished our AT&T Mobile App Hackathon at the Dallas Market Hall with over 80 attendees. This particular hackathon was designed to explore the connected car, while overlooking one of the biggest auto shows in the region. We brought in ARM mbed microcontrollers and Wahoo Heart Rate Monitors along with evangelists support from both Telerik and OpenCar in order to jump start development.
I’d like to give a special thanks to all of our senseis and volunteers who gave up their weekend to come help everyone hack. Hacking connected car solutions is bleeding edge technology, but it can also be frustrating, especially in a loud venue. So, I also want to thank all our teams for toughing it out and hacking all day.
The event fostered some really awesome and ambitious ideas that left some teams running into issues with scope, but at the end of the day, eight teams were able to complete their apps and pitch their solutions. You can see pictures taken at the Hackathon on our Facebook page.
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Here are the apps and winners the event:
- Best Connected Car App – $500 in Gift Cards – FuelBit
- Best Mobile App (Any Category) – $500 in Gift Cards – Social Playlist
- Best Use of AT&T APIs – $500 in Gift Cards – Janus
- Best Use of Telerik (1st Place) – $450 in Gift Cards – JYAKA: Just Yet Another Kar App
- Best Use of Telerik (2nd Place) – $250 in Gift Cards – FuelBit
- Best Use of Telerik (3rd Place) – $150 in Gift Cards – Social Playlist
Here’s what the teams created:
Car Buddy – CarBuddy is a cloud-based solution that will proactively notify a user about his/her car’s issues, notify user’s buddy who has more experience with cars to remind/help them to fix problems. Therefore, the user can prevent the car problem before it happens and the risk will be minimal.
Social Playlist – Social Playlist allows you to connect with your friends so that you can build a playlist created by your friends and the world. As you move from location to location, you will pass in between different playlists based on what songs people have selected for that area.
SolGuard – The problem of children dying in overheated locked vehicles is an ongoing issue. Many kids die each year, yet the problem hasn’t been resolved. We have created an app to resolve this issue. It is designed to wirelessly receive data from a hardware component (namely the car) in order to detect whether a child is left locked in the car.
FuelBit – Our app, FuelBit, is an application that is designed to extract detailed information about the user’s driving habits from the car’s OBD II system using APIs and wireless hardware, process, and display the collected data in an easily understandable format. By exposing the users to their behaviors in a quantifiable manner, we are hoping to allow the user to better make informed decisions about their driving habits. In particular, FuelBit not only shows users a 30-day overview of gallons used per day, but also provides the user with options for comparing past fuel consumption from different days as well as predicting future consumption with the help of algorithms.
Janus – The app provides analysis of data gathered. Data is sent through OpenCar APIs to AT&T M2X. Currently, the app provides position (Geo) and speed data.
Childchek -Between 1998 and 2011, at least 500 children in the United States died from being inside hot cars, and 75% of them were less than 2 years old. Apps like Childchek can prevent these tragedies. Childchek is a connected car app that sends alert notification and demands “call for action” to prevent hot car child death by detecting biometrics or other clues using sensors and car conditions. The application can be used for detecting and preventing deaths of elderly and animals. It can be applied to child distress detection at any location. The call for action will prevent death and causes for distress. Apps like these can be scaled to prevent SIDS in similar fashion.
JYAKA: Just Yet Another Kar App – So, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to take a day trip to Los Angeles, California. This was first time I went to LA and went there totally unprepared. I had to sit at the airport to figure out where to go, what to eat, etc. But instead of doing that, what if I could get the instant recommendation based on where I am, even when I am driving a car? The different thing is to provide the very essential and accurate information, collected from different sources, including user data. So, here it is: An app that provides exactly the information about the best place to visit instantly with no sweat.
SpeedDemon – The SpeedDemon app detects the current posted speed using image recognition and compares that value against the speed reported by the cellular GPS unit. If the individual is going to speed (based on proximity) or if they are speeding, the SpeedDemon app can send a text message to the cars owner or parental units. Warnings for speeding are also provided/spoken through the AT&T speech API.