Recap: AT&T IoT Hackathon – Bay Area
On September 23rd and 24th, we took a short flight to San Francisco for a hackathon at 1446 Market Street. We put out the call to mobile app and IoT developers to join us at an IoT Hackathon and we weren’t disappointed. Over 230 developers came out to hack with us and compete for over $10,000 in prizes!
Following the event kickoff, everyone had the opportunity to attend a technical session from IBM. Representatives from the company 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.
[[Photo from @CWLuecke]]
There were tons of fantastic mobile and IoT apps developed at the hackathon that focused on everything from healthcare to smart cities to tourism travel assistance. We love seeing great demos and the 24 teams who presented their apps definitely delivered. The judges loved Circuitry IoT AR, which created an augmented reality (AR) monitor for a Raspberry Pi using a phone. This definitely solved a problem that we see frequently at hackathons! In addition, the judges also enjoyed Rehab Coach, which combined an Amazon Echo, a TI Launchpad, and AT&T M2X to provide patient feedback during physical therapy.
Keep reading to see which teams walked away winners.
Best Overall Mobile App or IoT Solution
Circuitry IoT AR – “An augmented reality console for your IoT Circuitry.“
Mechatronics Excellence Award
Rehab Coach – “Physical therapy support at home for patients needing rehab.”
IBM Watson Challenge
1st place: SenseTravel – “IoT app that makes car renting experience seamless in terms of locating a car, and booking it from the parking lot without help of an agent. Also, it helps rental companies to track and trace cars easily, to analyze the car pick-up/drop-off patterns, consumer behavior patterns, etc.”
2nd place: Trusted Guardian – “Know who is picking up your child with Trusted Guardian, a facial recognition IoT solution that provides known guardians and visitors access to a school and keeps out unknown people.”
Prizes for Winning Teams
The following prizes are experiential and geared towards accelerating you towards a successful business as well as expanding your network and industry knowledge:
- Best Overall Hack: $5000 (in Amazon gift cards for the team)
- IBM Watson Challenge
- 1st place: $2,000 (in Amazon gift cards for the team)
- 2nd place: $1,000 (in Amazon gift cards for the team)
- Mechatronics Excellence Award: $2,500 (in Amazon gift cards for the team)
Stay up to date with all of the upcoming AT&T Bay Area events by joining the San Francisco Bay Area Coding Workshops & Hackathons meetup.
A huge “Thank you!” to all of our event sponsors for making this event possible!
Note: Photo above is Team Guardian; images courtesy of @johnwalicki.