Recap: AT&T Mobile App Hackathon – DFW
We challenged 148 developers, designers. and entrepreneurs in Plano, TX to build mobile apps and IoT solutions. Additionally, developers were provided with access to a cache of hardware including: ARM mbed boards, Harman Omni 10 speakers, Myo Armbands, and a slew of sensors and other microcontrollers. They were then given 24 hours to code a solution for any platform using the languages and frameworks of their choice. In addition, experts from AT&T, IBM, and ARM were onsite to assist with hardware builds, coding and API implementation. After 24 hours, what felt like more than a metric ton of food (including over 300 delicious tamales!), and a completely unnecessary amount of caffeine; the dust settled and 15 solutions were created.
One awesome solution that found itself among the winners was Iceberg, an IoT solution that helped you track the temperature of the beverages within your cooler/refrigerator. The app would not only provide you with real-time information on the temperature of your drink, but also alert you when it reached the optimal temperature. No longer will we be forced to constantly open our coolers praying our beer or soda is cold. From now on, we can enjoy our bbq, tailgate or TV show and know we’ll be alerted when it’s time to enjoy a beverage.
One of the great things about hackathons that separates them from many other startup events is that participants are meant to have fun as they learn. One solution that accomplished this in spades was BLE Soaker. On a hot day in Dallas who wouldn’t want to control their very own water cannon turret? Well, thanks to BLE Soaker, that dream is an MVP that we can all wish we could get our hands on to soak our friends and family!
Lastly, before I get to the results, I’d like to give a huge thank you to ARM and IBM. This event would not have been nearly as awesome or successful without the awesome hardware, software, and technical support of these great partners. An additional special thank you to Joe Bossalini who gave up his weekend not only to voluntarily support our AT&T M2X platform, but also to help with set-up and breakdown of the Foundry.
Without further ado here are the winners of the event:
- Best Mobile App or IoT Solution Overall – $1,000 in Gift Cards – Iceberg
- Best Use of AT&T M2X – $1,000 in Gift Cards – Eva
- Best Use of IBM Bluemix
- (Tie) 1st Place – $1,000 in Gift Cards – Safe Wheel
- (Tie) 1st Place – $1,000 in Gift Cards – SensorSocial
Here’s what the teams created:
Eva – “You are the trigger which starts your day. You wake up and your room and devices wake up around you. Eva is your personal assistant, a modular system which connects you to your IoT.”
Iceberg – “The fastest way to chill your beer on a Friday night is to put it in the freezer, but too often you forget about it and it freezes, or you don’t leave it in long enough. Iceberg is a cloud-based technology which uses sensors to track the exact temperature of your beer in the freezer, and lets you know when it reaches optimal temperature. The mobile app keeps you entertained while you wait.“
SocialSensor – “Sensor Social allows you to send environmental data to your social networks and allow real-time environment monitoring.”
My Juvio – “Voice-based home or office automation. It gets real-time data (temperature, humidity..) and triggers any device with voice commands at any time when a device, relay, or sensor is connected to our network. Our technology searches for the best possible voice matches with keywords that will act as the AI of the future. We learn your common voice commands and store them in our to JV control system that is in the cloud.”
IASH Screen Saver – “It’s happened again, you pause a presentation to answer a question or stop coding to answer the phone. When you pivot back to your computer to continue your presentation or coding, the screen saver is active and you have to login, but ”I Am Still Here!” you exclaim. The IASH (I Am Still Here) Screen Saver solves this problem by detecting your presence and blocking your screen saver from activating.”
BLE Soaker – “BLE controlled, 180 degree free rotating water gun turret.”
Safe Wheel – “According to the CDC, in 2013, there were approximately 400,000 motor vehicle crashes involving individuals aged 15-20 that led to emergency related injuries within the United States. Of those, about 23% ended fatally. The number one factor contributing to these statistics was negligent driving habits. To fix this problem, our app aims to decrease the probability of accidents from occurring by showing drivers how safely they are driving. By incorporating AT&T M2X and IBM Bluemix technologies, we use sensors in order to make driving behaviors of both children and parents apparent.“
Temprogram – “Ethylene furnaces have to be maintained at a certain temperature to ensure efficient production of the gas. Temprogram is a device that efficiently captures and allows you to monitor temperature of an ethylene furnace.”
HashRite – “We suggest hashtags to a user based on location and the picture they upload for their twitter post or other social network using the Visual Recognition, Alchemy.”
Hat Instrumentation – “Monitor yourself and your environment when you are out walking.”
VideoHack – “Monitor how different movies affect the heart rate of viewers to evaluate the impact of the video on the viewer.”
Connecting Drones – “The application avoids drones from colliding with any obstacle or with each other. If a drone comes near any obstacle or close to each other an LED signal will be sent. LED will turn from green to yellow to red as a drone gets closer to an obstacle or to another drone. When the LED turns red, then a text message is sent via cell phone alarming operators in the control office.”
ParkX – “Eliminate parking attendant costs and risks, streamline parking, real-time parking analytics, increasing efficiency of parking search – no longer will you enter a parking Lot not knowing if there is a space available, increased parking enforcement, and provides a way to guarantee parking space ”
PRIME (Pattern Recognition Information Management Extension) – “Extends M2X API by wrapping request/responses to extent data analyzing functionality of M2X.”
Flash Talk – “Our app targets the particular section of the healthcare field that focuses on the specially challenged people. The app provides assistance/ease of communication to those people who are diagnosed with paralysis, and even those who are unable to talk and use sign language to communicate. We tried to give words to the sign language and also identify and analyze the emotions of the patients.“