Mobile App Hackathon – Redmond Recap
What can I say about the event? Another 12 hours of furious coding, multiple Red Bulls, lots of phone calls (by me), and introductions galore. This time around we drew around 135+ participants to a location in Redmond generously provided by ThinkSpace. ThinkSpace is a co-working facility that is run by Peter Chee. Make sure to hit him up on Facebook if you are looking for a nice place to work besides Starbucks.
Moving onto the winners of the hackathon, the top four apps were:
So who took home first place? the high school students of HeadShot won this round. Yes, you heard me right: high school students. They developed a mobile app called “HeadShot” that is the modern day equivilant of laser tag, but with smartphones. The kicker here is that the team used SLAR (Silverlight Augmented Reality Toolkit) to generate barcodes/identify users, programmed the whole thing in C# (while using Visual Studio), and IP Multicast to notifiy the other phones of events. Very technical, extremely impressive.
So if you ever need programming lessons or need to hire some progammers, hire the ones from HeadShot. They know what they are doing.
Here is a quick recap of all the apps that were completed on Saturday:
- Emergency Response System – Empower people to work together in an emergency situation such as the earthquake in Japan.
- Clockers – Clocks you in and out keeping track of your projects using Google apps.
- AboutFace – Takes a picture of someone to obtain their contact information.
- Digital Contracts – Records any type of Contractual Consent agreement. The kicker is that we include both pictures & video of the person agreeing.
- LunchPad.me – Optimizing the world of corporate lunching, helping groups of coworkers introduce dietary variety, and making lunch as inclusive and democratic as possible.
- DIGDIN – “DIGDIN stands for “”Do It Good, Do It Now””. DIGDIN is about helping and getting help. Imagine virtually shouting out for help and finding a person nearby to help you or help somebody nearby in need.
- ScratchPad for UberNote – ScratchPad for UberNote is a Windows Phone 7 version of the online note taking site UberNote. This demo uses publicly exposed api’s to log-in, retrieve recent notes, and edit notes.
- My Kid Is A Genius – “My Kid Is A Genius” is an app designed for doting parents with awesome kids. Kids do amazing, creative things almost every day, and as much as we love the memories, we can’t always keep all the artifacts. My Kid Is A Genius lets you remember the memories and relive the growth of your child’s talent and creativity, long after the macaroni has fallen off the frame. Parents with multiple kids can even look at how differently their kids interpreted the same things, and compare how they each grew differently at the same points in their lives.
- Fish Tank – Helps divers discover and track fish sightingsDroidle- Lets you do a freestyle Etch-a-Sketch type of drawing. Shaking erases it.
- Head Shot – Head Shot is an augmented reality phone tag game.
- HashMonkey– HashMonkey is an easy way to add users that tweet on a particular topic to a twitter list. Instead of manually picking out user names from a twitter search you just ask HashMonkey to search for you and a list of unique names is presented. You can then select the names and add them to a user list. The application is using JQuery Mobile, Java Servlets, Spring Framework, OAuth and Twitter API. Future enhancements include adding a streamlined way to follow in addition to list management and porting the GUI to various native clients like iOS, WP7 and Android. You can get the source code on www.github.com/mikebz/hashMonkey/“
- ScanSurvey – The application allows consumers to redeem immediate rewards by participating in mobile surveys. Mobile survey’s will provide businesses with consumer information behaviors and trends as they occur in real time.
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