Event Recap – AT&T Sustainability Developer Challenge @ TechCrunch Disrupt 2013!
This last weekend was a big first of many to come. Our hackathons have come a long way since the early days of 2011 and we thank our developers for sticking with us all the way as we diversify hackathons from educational events into events that produce live products for social good. The AT&T Developer Program worked with AT&T Sustainability and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) this last weekend at TechCrunch Disrupt to challenge developers to build an app that gives buildings a water conservation effenciency score, kind of like a Klout for buildings.
A big thanks goes out to John and Tim from AT&T Sustainability and Brendan from EDF (we need to hang out more and develop apps one of these weekends). Another big thank you goes to Leslie from TechCrunch for bringing us in as well as the crushing number of developers! Here are some quick numbers on the event:
-165 Hack Presentations
-1,000+ Hack Presentation attendees
-65 event/Hackathon sponsors
-180 Startup Alley companies
-30+ Hardware Alley companies
The developers were challenged with what seemed like a straight forward three page app, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Within the documentation was a massive XLS file that detailed the complicated computations required for computing the building water consumption score and implementing the XLS was no small feat.
First place ($5k prize) for the challenge went to Team WaterMapp, who not only pulled together a random team at the event, but also produced the most detailed version of the challege as specficied by the EDF and AT&T.
Second place ($2k cash prize) went to Team WaterLog for their beautiful implmentation as well as deep thought that went into exposing the data to the public through an API. The public API was what won it for this team because sharing the data is as important as collecting the data.
Pictures from the hackathon can be found here and videos are as follows:
1st Place: Water MAPP
2nd Place: WaterLog App
– Link to page on App: http://waterlog.us/
– Link to video of pitch: http://on.aol.com/video/waterlog-demo-517760595
3rd Place: Watermapp ATT Windows Phone App
– Link to page on App: http://askurquestions.info/Demopage.html
– Link to video of pitch http://on.aol.com/video/watermapp-att-windows-phone-app-517760707