Recap: AT&T Public Sector Hackathon – Washington, D.C.
On September 16th & 17th, we headed across the country for our first hackathon hosted at Howard University in Washington, D.C. We were in search of the best mobile app and wanted to meet Internet of Things (IoT) developers who are passionate about the public sector and government solutions. We had a small, but enthusiastic group of students and developers who came out to hack and build awesome technology with us.
To kick-off the hackathon, we heard from Chris Smith, Vice President of Technology for AT&T Public Sector Solutions. Chris talked about how exciting it is to be able to see developers building creative solutions for government. Maria Roat, Chief Technology Officer for the Department of Transportation, was the featured speaker for the evening. In her talk, she discussed the opportunities for innovation in smart city solutions and shared her insights on some cool and interesting implementations of technology occurring across the country.
Following the featured speakers, we also heard from some of the event sponsors who held technical sessions to help teams get up and running. Intel presented a technical session on the Grove Starter Kit Plus Intel IoT Edition with Intel Gateway Technology and provided loaner hardware for teams to use in their projects. IBM presented a technical session to get teams started with the IBM Watson API and had Raspberry Pi 3 devices for teams to use in their projects.
At the end of the hackathon, ten teams presented their solutions and projects. Below are the winning projects.
Best Overall App
QmunicatoR – “QmunicatoR is a mobile platform that allows for streamlined public reporting of public safety and health issues. Serialized dynamic QR codes will be placed in public areas and embedded into various infrastructures so citizens can scan them with their mobile devices to report incidents such as overflowing trash cans and dumpsters, unsanitary restrooms and porta potty’s, and suspicious activity. Scanning the codes opens the QmunicatoR reporting portal through which the user can submit a photo and/or a short description of the incident. The QR codes are color-coded by function (ex. red-emergency, green-parks and recreation, blue-waste management, yellow-chemical hazards). The user-submitted data is then passed to database systems for record keeping. Also, because the tags will be serialized by geolocation, real-time mapping systems can be created for use by government officials for quick response. Platforms likes IBM Watson could be used for more advanced data analytics and route optimization.
The advantage of QR codes is that they don’t require multiple apps, websites, and phone numbers as is the case with current reporting services. Implementation of this system is low cost, scalable, and will help build connections between citizens and the government. While adoption of QR codes has been slow, we believe that the speed and simplicity of our system as well as embedded readers in social media applications like Snapchat will result in more public feedback than the current reporting infrastructure.”
[Photo from: @mike_maas (Cisco)]
Best Smart City App
Team #SuperHydrant – “Team #SuperHydrant is a platform designed to prevent families from falling victim to a broken fire hydrant system. Our platform supports the fire department’s mission to protect and enhance the safety and well-being of those in the community. We use the power of the crowd to source pictures from social media into an aggregated database. The Watson technology then assigns the degree of urgency to report, dispatch, and repair. This data is reported to local and federal agencies in real-time.”
Best Public Safety App
AccelAlert – “AccelAlert is a device that you attach to medication auto-injector devices. It contains an accelerometer that automatically calls emergency medical services once it is triggered.”
[Photo from: @mike_maas (Cisco)]
Best Sustainability App
QmunicatoR (See above for details)
IBM Watson Challenge
1st place: Team #SuperHydrant
2nd place: JAMJustice – “JAMJustice will create a platform for FAIR and UNBIASED justice for all Americans. It will create a platform for due process, a basic right for all Americans. JAMJustice will educate the children of America through online and iPhone and Android Apps to help prevent juvenile crimes. Instead, children who think about committing a crime can input it into the app and it will show the outcome of how long they may pay for that crime in jail. The implementation strategy has been well thought-out and will work as a dispute-resolution community. We have identified marketing channels that we already reached out to. Partnership with entities is very important for marketing and distribution of Americans right to justice. The software will work to enhance and support the general public, protecting their rights under the rule of law by the Supreme Court, the Constitution of the United States of America, the States’ Laws and their Constitutions, and the right of Due Process, Freedom of Speech et al.
The software will create an educational, resource documentation of what happens in the courts as well as give the American public a chance at real justice. That the app and software will offer public information on all aspects of the courts not limited to what happens or where to go for help. JAMJustice will for the first time give an individual the control of their court issue from as little as a parking ticket to the worst of crimes i.e. murder et al.”
[Photo from: @johnwalicki (IBM)]
Intel Excellence Award
ParQuery – “Our app can reduce the amount of time it takes to find a parking spot on crowded metropolitan streets using a navigational map to identify open parking spaces near your location.”
Mechatronics Excellence Award
EPA Pesticide Worker Protection App – “Help farm workers report on pesticide issues at farms.”
Cisco Excellence Award
AccelAlert (See above for details)