PhoneDirect uses AT&T Speech API at DataWeek Hackathon and Wins the Grand Prize
This year API World and DataWeek Conference ran at the same time, which helped double the attendance from the previous year. For six days (9/28-10/3) at the Fort Mason Conference Center in San Francisco, attendees had the opportunity to learn about a range of topics from Web APIs to Hadoop, Data Visualization and Market Intelligence.
DataWeek also organized a hackathon that took place the first two days of the event. Hackathons always have lots of energy and creativity mixed with the right amount of chaos and drama as the deadlines approach. This one was no different. Over 100 developers organized themselves into seventeen teams and hacked through the weekend. On Sunday afternoon they all pitched their apps to become one of five finalists selected to present on the main conference stage and compete for a chance to win prizes. The grand prize was $3000.00 and AT&T provided at $1,500 prize for the best use of our Speech or Messaging API’s.
It was rewarding to see that two of the five finalists built their apps using the AT&T Speech API. They were:
- Konnect – this team was led by Robert Goldman who used AT&T Text-to-Speech API to create an app which allows a user to communicate with services such as SMS, Twitter, Email via a bluetooth headset or car speakers. So critically important to reduce the risks of texting and driving.
- PhoneDirect – this team led by Scott Bullard used AT&T Speech-to-Text API as part of their app which provides a visual interface for IVR menus. The responses from these systems are captured and converted to text. This team built a very clever and practical solution and was chosen for both the AT&T Sponsor prize and the overall prize.
Our congratulations to both teams for making it to the finals and in particular the PhoneDirect team (Mat Tyndall, Scott Bullard and Vincent François) for winning the overall prize. Our thanks also to Geoff and the DataWeek team for organizing the hackathon and putting on a great overall event.
To see the full list of the hackathon winners go to http://dataweek.co/hackathon/. For more pictures of the event visit us on Facebook or to catch-up on what folks were commenting on during the event via Twitter use #dataweeksf.