Recap: AT&T Mobile App & IoT Hackathon in Orange County
On the weekend of February 26th, we left rainy Seattle (seriously rainy) for sunny Orange County, California! We headed to ROC in Irvine, CA for this hackathon, thanks to our venue sponsor Traction Labs.
To kick off the event, we heard from Professor Mark Bachman, the Chief Technologist and Internet of Things (IoT) Evangelist at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology at UC Irvine. Professor Bachman talked about the massive opportunity available in the IoT development space. It’s the next big trend in technology!
For this hackathon, we had prizes for Connected Transportation, M2X, and iOS apps. We encouraged teams to make learning a priority in their projects and we were not disappointed. We had teams really stepping out of their comfort zones by trying IoT development for the first time or working in a topic area that was new to them.
The projects were amazing and it was hard to pick winners, but the following teams stood out above the rest.
Best Overall App or IoT Solution: Smart Seat
On average, Americans spend over 9 hours sitting every day. This could be when you’re at work, school or even at a restaurant. There’s no stopping to how we live our daily lives, but we can collect data that will be beneficial to those employers, teachers and restaurant managers. Smart Seat is an app that is used for measuring analytics for your audience or knowing if there’s an open table. Let us show you what we mean. Instead of standing, let’s sit.
Best Connected Transportation Solution: Parking Garage
It’s a device that you can configure with your phone to set the maximum distance between your car and the garage wall. The device will show you three lights: a green light to go ahead, a yellow light to proceed with caution, and a red light to stop and leave the car in the right spot in your garage. You can use this cheap device instead of a ball hanging down from the roof.
Best Use of M2X: OccuPied
How many times at work have you walked all the way to the bathroom only to find that it was occupied and have to wait or awkwardly walk back to your desk? OccuPied is a Raspberry Pi that senses the light in the bathrroom to push messages to users to let them know if a room is currently occupied or not!
Best iOS App: Blue Loteria
For those times that you want to play cards or a board game with your friends and family and can’t find a deck of cards or game anywhere, Blue Loteria to the rescue! A multiplayer Bluetooth iOS game app based on the traditional Mexican game of chance, Loteria. The app utilizes the Multipeer Connectivity framework to connect you with your friends and family for some Loteria fun.