Meet the AT&T Hackathon Invitational finalists
On September 12, 2016 we announced our first ever AT&T Hackathon Invitational Contest. Every submission from our Q3 and Q4 AT&T Mobile App Hackathons was eligible to compete and we selected semifinalists from six special local Internet of Things (IoT) hackathons and invited some wildcard entries based on truly outstanding creations from our other events. Over 2,700 participants competed in eligible contests with nearly 1,100 people attending the six special qualifying events.
Before I get into the nitty-gritty of the contest, I would be remiss if I did not give a huge thank you to Nuance, IBM, Intel, and all of our other sponsors for their generous support of our local events and the Hackathon Invitational as a whole. The technologies, engineers, and staff the companies provided for each event were an invaluable resource that benefited everyone who participated.
In total, 20 semifinalists were selected and after weeks of deliberation by our judges we have chosen our four finalists, who will receive travel to the 2017 AT&T Developer Summit Conference and continue to compete for their share of over $35,000 in prizes. In the end, three teams will pitch live on stage during our AT&T Summit Keynote and it will be up to our attendees to determine who deserves the grand prize of $20,000!
Without further ado please find a list of our top four teams, in no particular order, along with brief descriptions for each entry below (and be sure to check our blog in advance of the AT&T Developer Summit for detailed interviews with each team):
- MendMe – We are currently working on an app called “MendMe,” which connects wirelessly to a physical therapy glove designed to help patients with wrist mobility impairments. This glove will essentially detect the range of motion of the patient’s wrist during active physical therapy and detect the number of physical therapy exercise repetitions they do. In case the patient exercises that were assigned, the healthcare provider can upload videos and messages to remind patients exactly which exercises were prescribed. This will help clarify any potential misunderstanding between the provider and the patient, optimizing communication in order to get better results. The patient will be motivated to complete assigned active physical therapy exercises through positive reinforcement feedback incorporated into the app. The patient will also be able to see the degree that his/her range of motion is improving, which may not have been detected by visual estimations.
- Raise The Bar – We want to change the way athletes track progress in the weight room. Currently, the velocity of the bar, which is half of the equation that determines how much force an athlete is putting into the bar, is not tracked. We want to change that by putting IoT technology into the weight collars that everyone uses daily in the gym.
- Smart Cam Bot – When you lose something around the house, Smart Cam Bot can find it. Smart Cam Bot can autonomously drive around, snap pictures with a camera, classify objects using the IBM Watson visual recognizer, and alert you to its findings via spoken voice and text message.
- CoffeeWatch – The worst part of coming into work in the morning is trying to get a cup of coffee and hearing that awful coffee pot gurgle signaling that someone has taken the last cup, but didn’t make a new pot. CoffeeWatch aims to solve this problem with an intelligent, IoT coffee pot that keeps track of who took the last cup of coffee. It uses a Raspberry Pi and camera attached to the coffee pot to take a picture of who pours a cup of coffee. The photo is sent to IBM Watson image recognition APIs to identify the person, and then stores the picture and name of the person in an Amazon S3 bucket. We tied-in the data with an Amazon Echo Dot using a custom skill that allows you to ask the coffee pot “Who took the last cup of coffee?” Best of all, the Dot also integrates with Twitter so it can tweet their name, photo, and a clever message so they know to never do it again!
You’ll be able to see these in action at the 2017 AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas. Register today.