LA Hackathon Recap: Innovative IoT apps featuring drones, VR, and water conservation
On October 14th and 15th we headed south to downtown Los Angeles and challenged developers to build Internet of Things (IoT) apps and mobile solutions. We had a great response with over 195 hackers coding 23 apps that focused on everything from drones to VR to water conservation.
A special thanks goes out to our sponsors IBM and Nuance for providing developers with some amazing hardware and software to hack on. We’d also be remiss if we did not thank Cross Campus for hosting us in their awesome event space.
Our big winner was Rudimentary, an app leveraging IBM Watson in order to analyze applications and resumes. Through the use of Watson’s Alchemy Language, Personality Insights and Visual Recognition, the app is able to search through resumes for highly sought after qualities and red flags. The app is then able to adjust its analysis based on results of prior hires and their outcomes.
Another interesting app was Explorer, a remote controlled car that had been hacked through the use of a Raspberry Pi to allow it to be controlled using the gyroscope and accelerometer in your phone. In addition, the app allowed the user to access a live stream from a Pi camera mounted on the car providing users with a fully functional rolling drone.
And now onto the winners:
- 1st Place Best App Overall – Rudimentary
- Best Mechatronics Solution Overall – Explorer
- 1st Place Best Use of Nuance – You Are Here
- 1st Place Best Use of IBM Bluemix – Minorities Report
- 2nd Place Best Use of IBM Bluemix – Predictia
- 1st Place Best App from a Women Led Team – SomeWear
- 2nd Place Best App from a Women Led Team – LamPiLert
- Semi-Finalist for the Hackathon Invitational – Explorer
- Semi-Finalist for the Hackathon Invitational – Water Man
Team Minorities Report pitching their speech analysis solution.
IoT Apps Created at the LA Hackathon
Here are all the apps created at the hackathon:
Watson Taxonomy App – “Data Deficient (DD) International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) using Watson Deep Learning to subclass a species using an app on a smartphone.”
LamPiLert – “Our app controls a TCP/IP network of lamps that are controlled by a phone. The lights change color based on how much time you have until your next appointment scheduled on your Google calendar. It also checks Google maps to get the estimated drive time from your current location to the appointment destination. The lights are used as a visual cue to make sure you’re on time to your appointments without having to constantly check your phone. It’s a subtle way to manage your time while still being productive.”
Elk – “An app that facilitates collaborative storytelling.”
Tericam -“An app that uses facial recognition to help locate threats or persons of interest.”
CADalyst IOT – “Multi-rotor drones have tremendous potential use in emergency services, but there’s no method of safely flying without line-of-sight and tracking a current flying drone. CADalyst IOT provides a method for operators to plan flights quickly, easily, and give operators a method to communicate with other operators flying drones in their vicinity.”
E:rn – “E:rn is an app that helps tweens and teens get the things they want from their parents/guardians.”
CalmER – “CalmER is a wearable device and mobile app that detects incidents to assist the user in an emergency or non-emergency setting. CalmER is designed to help a user reduce their stress level and lower their risk of being in a more dangerous state. It collects data via the wearable device and communicates with the person by speaking (via the IBM Watson) to be in a more calm state while assistance is on its way.”
Meet Me in the Middle – “Finds the middle ground between people.”
Explorer – “We built a remote control car that’s operated by using a Raspberry Pi and an Android app that allows peer-to-peer video streaming.”
Matchmaker – “MatchMaker is a solution to find your soulmate. All you need to do is record your brainwaves and MatchMaker constantly looks for your perfect match based on brainwave matching algorithm.”
CrowdSight – “Using cameras and Watson cognitive visual libraries, users can get insights into attendees at public events.”
SomeWear – “Tired of running on a treadmill? Bored of wasting your life like a hamster? Get somewhere in life today! By combining the two hottest trends in tech: VR and IoT, our solution allows you to get in shape and stay at home while exploring a virtual world.”
Predictia – “A website that provides not only the current information, but also will predict future information or analyze the current information.”
VRE (Virtual Reality Education) – “This app helps make the learning process become more effective and more fun. People can see and feel while in a virtual reality world thereby enhancing their learning process.”
Homey – “Homey is a complete smart home solution.”
You Are Here – “Existing digital maps fail in many situations such as parks, gardens, and ephemeral events like SXSW, Burning Man, and book fairs. You Are Here moves the stationery ‘you are here’ signs and venue maps into the digital age. Using a lot of complex math to translate your physical location onto distorted drawn maps, the app can show your current location, where you’ve been, and the location of your friends. Interactive point of interest can be triggered by proximity or beacons, wheelchair-friendly paths can be followed, real-time activities can be highlighted, citizens can contribute to enhance the map experience, and so much more. You Are Here – Venue maps for the 21st century.”
Minorities Report – “Minorities report is an app that transcribes and analyzes political speeches.”
Voice Search App – “It searches a traditional database with English-like statements and reads the results to the user. It can be used to retrieve data from internal institute databases and read out results without having to know which tables to query.”
Rudimentary – “A major issue facing the hiring process in companies is finding a suitable candidate from the overwhelming number of applicants. ‘Rudimentary’ is a site built around, but not limited to, streamlining the hiring process for companies. It uses Watson’s Alchemy Language, Personality Insights and Visual Recognition to learn through analyzing incoming applications, as well as performances of prior hires to adjust appropriately. Alchemy Language breaks down the text of resumes and cover letters, and responds with a clearer understanding of the text. Personality Insights help shed light on the characteristics of an applicant by analyzing their resume, cover letters, and written documents. Visual Recognition is a feature that aims to help in the entertainment industry. While this may seem like a simplified application of Watson, it is an efficient application that will undoubtedly solve a major problem facing the human resources hiring process.”
Patrol – “Our app allows a user to remotely activate a drone through a web app that then flies a predetermined flight path and delivers a live video feed to the user. This app would be used for security/home surveillance.”
Moboole Technologies – “Removes friction from customer loyalty offers with smart location-based proximity alerts while providing physical retailers with the infrastructure to monetize the data collected. Creating a seamless shopping experience for customers and new revenue streams for retailers.”
Waiter – “It’s a device that can replace waiters when ordering food at restaurants.”
Water Man – “A home and commercial building Wi-Fi-enabled, water management, and leak detection device”