Recap: AT&T Mobile App IoT Government Solutions Hackathon in DC
Last weekend, the AT&T Developer Program, AT&T Government Solutions, IBM, and Cisco joined forces at the Impact Hub DC and collaborated to challenge DC students, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to build apps addressing government solutions. Participants leveraged Internet of Things (IoT) hardware, including Harman speakers along with mBed boards from ARM and MultiTech during the challenge. After some great opening talks, including an appearance from Maria Roat the CTO of the Department of Transportation, participants broke out into 13 teams tackling solutions for Public Safety, Fleet Management, and Supply Chain Management.
To help jumpstart development our friends at IBM provided a 30-minute workshop on their Bluemix platform. While experts from ARM and MultiTech provided both inspiration and caffeine via a mBed connected coffee maker demo. There’s nothing like enjoying a hot cup of coffee brought to you through the magic of a properly programmed cellular board to help get the creative juices flowing!
Now that you know how the event started, let’s see how it ended with a list of the winners:
- Best Government Solution App Overall ($10,000), Best Fleet Management App ($2,500), Best Use of mBed ($500) – Noverflow
- Best Supply Chain Management App ($2,500) – MedLocate
- (TIED) Best Public Safety App ($1,250) – Infirmomap
- (TIED) Best Public Safety App ($1,250) – CrowdSafe
- Best Use of AT&T M2X ($1,000) – Neighborhood Safety
- Best Use of IBM Bluemix ($1,000) – Government as a Platform
- Best Use of Harman APIs ($3,500 in Harman Devices) – EzExit
We had some truly awesome solutions created at this event, but our judges took a clear liking to the overall winner NoverFlow. The NoverFlow IoT solution helps keep better track of dumpsters in urban markets, such as DC, allowing waste management organizations to properly target full dumpsters and bins while ignoring ones that are empty. This could potentially allow for much more efficient pick-ups, and hopefully allow more flexibility than is currently seen in our waste management systems.
Be sure to learn about the other great solutions and winners by reading about each app created below:
CivFix – “Emerging technologies such as sensors and Wi-Fi are creating massive amounts of data to explore. With instant data visualizations powered by Lenses, Civfix is an open collaborative platform for analyzing data to foresee and fix potential problems and evaluate areas for innovation. Civfix brings together data and the power of human pattern recognition to create solutions for smart city data.”
mercuryFleet – “mercuryFleet ensures proper yard management by giving the Yard Manager the ability to track the location and status of all vehicles and their associated inventory throughout the yard – in real-time. Manual vehicle check-in and check-out procedures are prone to errors and delays during peak times. Vehicles could pass through the yard unaccounted for and when an emergency strikes, every second counts! Accurate and timely inventory is critical to optimal yard management operations.”
EZExit – “The application addresses the public safety issue of efficient building evacuation in the time of crisis or threat. The application connects the general public, facility managers (Agency leadership), and first responders by providing customized evacuation plans and instructions through a mobile device and audio enabled messages from Harman speakers.”
Infirmomap – “We are Infirmomap, and today, we’re focusing on public safety, more importantly, public health. Our app helps to mitigate disease outbreaks by monitoring social media and flagging potential dangerous areas. When a user of our app enters an area with a lot of disease-related social media activity, they will be pinged by the beacons in that area to inform them of the potential epidemic.”
City Parking – “A mobile app that provides real-time information for available parking spots around your location. Driving around for parking is a common problem faced by drivers, causing traffic congestion, pollution, and unnecessary fuel consumption. Our app aims to greatly reduce the time to find a parking spot, by making use of smart sensors. As well as incentivizing people to contribute by earning points that would allow them to select spaces ahead of time and reduce competition for those spaces.”
Fire Command – “Firefighters have a tough job. The Fire Command application tracks the environment and updates the incident commander with the real-time situation of the fire fighter’s surroundings. Sensors used: TI sensor Tag for the Temperature, Humidity, Ambient Temperature, and a smartphone’s orientation to identify if the fire fighter is potentially injured. In a situation where the communication with the central command breaks down, a sensor tag can be used as a beacon locator to locate the fire fighter.”
CrowdSafe – “We make it easier for people to be safe and for emergency personnel to manage crowded events. Crowds get more difficult to manage, and the dangers increase, as they grow larger. Crowdsafe helps make it easy, and the people in the crowd feel safe.”
Government as a Platform – “How can the goverment use the Internet of Things for alert notifications? We’ve created a platform for IoT. Does your organization have a device that measures road closers? How about unsafe water conditions or tornadoes? Our platform receives notifications from IoT devices and publishes it straight to your phone. Do you want to be notified by the IoT in case of an emergency? Subscribe to our emergency channel! Choose a preferred channel. Get notified in real time from the Internet of Things!”
World Social Reserve System – “The World Social Reserve System fixes the systemic governmental and economic flaws which create wealth income inequality and our country’s fundamental social ills. It does this by providing a socio-economic platform that helps businesses and charities effectively become transparent with their operations and financials. To consolidate the fundamental information, technologies, and social interactions that solidify understanding, and trust and support with the public to grow the market share of the participating organizations and provide the greatest social return to society through social initiatives developed and supported by the community. The robustness, resilience, and trust established within this community applies cooperative game theory and evolves non-participating organizations to also become transparent and focus their resources on high impact social initiatives.”
BluSafe – “We wish to build a crisis management system that solves the following problems:
- We want it to be accessible – so it will work with phones. We want it to be able to broadcast to phones messages, directions, getting help, etc. to create an interactive emergency service.
- We want the service to work even when the person is broken to help identify and locate them.
- 3. We want to be able to help people relocate to safety when in an active shooter/fire situation.”
Neighborhood Safety – “A stronger and safer neighborhood is a stronger and safer America. When there are situations like snow, fallen trees, reckless driving, broken water pipes, potholes etc. information is shared by the community with law enforcement, citizens, and federal government”
MedLocate – “MedLocate is an app designed to help people locate safe medications in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. Each hospital or safety clinic area will have a perpetual inventory that can be seen on the app, so people will not have to go from place to place to find life-saving medications. Additionally, as medication is being distributed, first responders will be able to scan into the app to update the inventory in real time.”
NoverFlow – “Problem: In some locations, dumpster waste is collected too often which results in additional pickup costs. In other locations, overflowing dumpsters create litter, attract pests, and present health/safety concerns.
Solution: Noverflow – An add-on system consisting of a microcontroller, various sensors, and cellular communication technology in order to facilitate efficient waste management practices. Storage capacity stats are reported hourly/or by request to a server via cellular technology in order to drive effective collection.
Value Proposition: Current systems require special bins and use expensive technology. Our systems will utilize high security latches for add-on capabilities and will cost much less to implement.
Future: LPWAN, predictive analytics”