Event Recap: AT&T Women In Tech Hackathon – Palo Alto
Wearables, drift trikes, and hacks, oh my! Over 180 hyper-motivated developers and entrepreneurs got together at the AT&T Foundry for a hackathon. The event was focused on giving aspiring female developers an opportunity to network with others in the industry, as well as an opportunity to work with some of the newest wearables from Plantronics, Vuzix and APIs from 3scale, AWS, ESRI, and Telerik. We also have to say THANK YOU to Ericsson for helping to bring together the “quantified bike” portion of the hackathon and for providing the prizes for the event.
AT&T Hackathons are designed as a developer focused community program for our API program, as well as a general engagement program that looks to inspire developers and entrepreneurs alike. Since 2010, we have hosted over 85+ hackathons in cities around the globe. AT&T Hackathons provide attendees the opportunity to network with like-minded developers and entrepreneurs from the local community, form teams around these similar interests and, best of all, build prototypes for ideas that are of collective interest! As an additional kicker, there are also technology sponsors that provide nifty prizes for leveraging their APIs as well as opportunities for swag and mentorship.
You can find out about our prior and current events here, and make sure to attend our annual Hackathon @ CES on January 3rd!
AT&T Women in Tech Hackathon Event Overview
This two day hackathon gave aspiring young female developers the opportunity to work with fellow developers of women focused groups from around the Bay Area while trying their hand at multiple APIs and wearable devices. We had some help from the guys over at Clickslide.co, who helped make it easier for the beginners to access the AT&T APIs by placing a simple API in front of our AT&T APIs. Of the ten teams that worked with the modified version, nine were able to deploy the SMS API within a half hour.
Lightning Talks and Team Formation
We kicked off the event on Friday evening with snacks, coffee and lightning talks from a number of local industry professionals. Attendees then came up to pitch their ideas and skills to their peers. They had only 60 seconds to sell their concept and communicate:
- Who they are and their super power
- The problem they want to solve
- How they’re going to solve that problem
- What they need to solve that problem
Code Completion and Pitching!
While the majority of the attendees were adults, we had a team of high schoolers that were part of a local robotics team. They brought their robotics project over to the space to work on integrating a mobile app and social via Twitter’s API. A number of the students were new to application development and were quite intrigued by the Arduino boards that the Linux Alliance had brought to the event. We also had a couple of mentors from the local community that helped teams refine their pitches as well as their value proposition. Some teams progressed further within the 8 hours of the hackathon than others, but everyone was ready for the 5PM presentation start time.
The top teams were:
- Best App from a Women Led Team ($3,000) – Team QuantifiedMom
- Best App from an All Women Team ($2,000) – Team GoneNuts
- Best Quantified Bike App ($3,000) – Team Connected Bike
- Best Quantified Bike App from a Women Led Team ($2,000) – Team BikeBuddies
- Best App Using AT&T APIs ($500) – Team SmartHelmet
Thank You to Everyone that Came Out!
These events are made possible by the generosity of our sponsors: Ericsson, Plantronics, Vuzix, AWS, 3Scale and Telerik. If you’re interested in receiving updates about future AT&T Hackathon events, please connect with me on Facebook and Twitter!
Here is a complete list of the teams and the app descriptions:
Team GoneNuts – Instagram and Twitter often show our friends having amazing fun at exotic natural, but obscure locations. With trailMix, cyclists can upload locations of exciting places to bike, sharing the information with friends and other users. This will cause people to live a more active lifestyle, and allow them to take a step back from technology and enjoy nature in this technological age.
Team WomenWhoCode – Our app helps people see where they can park their bike nearby public transit stops. Have you ever wished you could go straight to a bike rack near your train stop? Now bicyclists who want to take transit to a specific station have information.
Team AirTube – A Voice Controlled Music Player that plays songs (from YouTube) by voice control. Just say the title and/or the artist and the music video will play. When the song finished you will get the next songs provided from the musicgraph recommendations. Ideal to use while driving, running, or cycling.
Team Ridr – Introduce quantified self to the average rider with a simple bicycle app that tracks your courses and challenges your friends to beat them.
Team BikeMob – Bike Mob is like Flash Mob for bike riders. Any app user, anywhere, any time can create a spontaneous shared bike route to a common destination and other app users can join in at any point along the route.
Team QuantifiedMom – Quantified self app for Moms-to-be. A mobile app to help pregnant women track their health (daily and historical). Connect with popular wearables such as Wahoo, Fitbit, etc. Get alerts if vitals are in “warning” or “danger” zones (via AT&T SMS).
Team ConnectedBike – Quantified bike allows users to identify which conditions (ex. humidity, acceleration, incline) most affect our bike workout. There’s an alert notification system (by Twilio SMS/Phone) in case of emergency (heart attack, accident). Plus real-time tracking of sensor data during the ride using handle bar mounted Pebble or in the cloud using M2X widgets.
Team HydroBike – Using four API’s we developed an awareness application that helps you stay hydrated while biking. When riding your bike you will be notified by the headset to drink water using a formula we’ve created. When drinking your water, the user will tap the headset to increase the visual water intake. The mobile side will also let you see your current body temperature, riding stats, and the amount of calories you’ve burned. Overall, the application helps you check your fluid intake and fitness.
Team BikeSafe – Cycling on roads with cars is often dangerous. We developed BikeSafe to allow cyclists to nearly automatically report drivers who may be endangering cyclists on the road. BikeSafe integrates the latest technology in computer vision together with crowd sourcing. By simply submitting a photo of the offending driver’s car, the software automatically recognizes the license plate and reports both the time and location information. All reports are made public with an interactive map integrated with the app. BikeSafe aims to provide an effortless solution for cyclists to collectively improve safety and awareness on the roads.
Team BikeRam– BikeRam is a crowdsourced data platform that lets cyclers easily find and track available bicycle parking spaces near their current location, as well as their destination. The app automatically locates suitable parking places in real-time using user-submitted data. Not only does it connect the cycling community, strengthen the support network, but also promotes a bicycle-friendly culture, and encourages app users to choose their bikes as an eco-friendly, cost saving transportation alternative. Most importantly, it discourages bike theft, with safe bike parking spaces being monitored and reported by the community.
Team LAZYBIKE – Cycling sucks when you have to go up a hill. LazyBike allows you to customize biking routes based on your tolerance for hills and also offers uber connectivity when hills are unavoidable.
Team BikeBuddies – Bike Theft is a big menace in the Bay Area. BikeBuddy is a bike accessory to protect your bike from being stolen. It will allow you to digitally lock your bike, and alert you if your bike has been moved after you locked it. In case your bike gets stolen, BikeBuddy alerts your networks and provides a live feed on your bike location so that you can get your stolen bike back!
SmartHelmet – This is a smart helmet that can monitor your heartrate via BLE technology. It increases your visibility on the road and can notify your emergency contact(s) when you are going for a ride in case something happens.
RETHINK POSSIBLE – An app with easy steps to locating allergy-free food products. Login to the Ok4me mobile app. Click the appropriate icon. Click on the populated choice(s) based on listed allergy-free icons. With Google map you have to login, type topic, choose and click on generalized list.
Team MinionsOfCode – An app that times how long you can bike and complete challenges.
The Awesomes – Awesomize is a way for you to record an audio for any video you choose and create your own story. It’s like vine for voice-overs. You can also invite your friends and designate roles for them to help you create an awesome video!
Team JustBikeIt – This social media site will allow you to track the miles ridden and combines the overall money saved into your personal profile. The social media side will allow you to post/brag about money saved, miles ridden, bike paths, etc, and will allow you to interact with other people in the biking community.
Team MapLite – An app that allows directions to be sent through Bluetooth to a tessel board which triggers LED lights on the bike and/or backpack to show the people around you whether you’re turning (and which direction) or whether you’re slowing down or stopping.