Recap: AT&T Mobile App Seattle Hackathon to Help Improve the Safety of Cyclists
Over this past weekend, we challenged 115 developers, entrepreneurs, and students with the task of creating a mobile application (integrating WebRTC, ARO, or IoT) that will improve the safety of cyclists everywhere. Within 24 hours, 15 teams did just that as they created apps that allowed cyclists to become more aware of their surroundings and avoid bicycle-related accidents. The app Oh, Hey! showcased this perfectly and won for Best Overall App, as it allowed for the use of voice-commands to alert cyclists of traffic concerns ahead and provided them with the ability to initiate a video/audio call.
The participants of the Seattle Hackathon also got a chance to show how optimized their apps were with AT&T ARO. Faced with 2 challenges – a pre-hackathon and a hackathon prize – it was a, huge hit with 12 total submissions. With the pre-hack, the fun began well before the event started since participants could submit traces of apps they were involved with. Ryan Farmer’s Speedy app took first place as it used a respectable amount of data, not too much energy, and passed almost all of the best practices.
DinoHulk’s AR Bike Tour app provided a more visually appealing view of bike tours cyclists could take. As a result, it took home the prize for Most Efficient Mobile App.
In addition, we would like to thank Bike Works and Pronto! Cycle Share for partnering with us at the event and providing their cycling expertise to event attendees. We would also like to give a big shout out to all of our judges and mentors that assisted in making this hackathon a success.
- Ronald Ning, VP Engineering, SlimTrader
- Tim O’Connor, Tech Manager, Cascade Bicycle Club
- Nino Tokuda, Lead Engineer, Peach
Lastly, don’t forget to help us select our Community Choice Award winner by posting a comment below telling us which app from the Seattle Hackathon is your favorite! Please see all of the app submissions and winners of the event below. Winner to be announced October 2. CONGRATS, SmartSignal for winning the community choice award!
AT&T Mobile App Hackathon – Seattle Winners:
- Best Overall App or IoT Solution – Oh, Hey!
- Best Bike Safety App – LiteSafer
- Best Use of AT&T WebRTC –SmartSignal (with contributions from SendHelp)
- Most Efficient Mobile App – Dinohulk’s AR Bike Tour
- Community Choice Award – SmartSignal
Here are the apps… starting with the winners.
Oh, Hey! – “Oh, Hey! is a voice-based bike navigation assistant. When cyclists are hand-tied and have their eyes on the road, they can interact with Oh, Hey! using voice to get turn-by-turn navigation, traffic information, and road and accident alerts so they never need to pull out a phone or move their eyes from the road. Oh, Hey! connects to devices such as signal lights and helmet cams. It can signal the turn according to the map navigation or your voice command. Bikers can use voice to start recording and sharing a video. Bikes can initiate an audio/video call using ATT WebRTC, and even ask Oh, Hey! to post a message. The alerts and videos bikers report can further enhance the Oh, Hey! map and the auto alert for other bikers. Oh, hey! can work with other collision avoidance devices.”
Litesafer – “Motor vehicle collisions with bikes result in a majority of fatal bike accidents. Litesafer will alert drivers of a cyclist in the road through an alert application. Using AT&T WebRTC, the app will capture the bicycle image, recognize only the bicycle, and flash a light to trigger the driver that there is a cyclist. In addition, WebRTC will allow dangerous incidences to be documented and investigated.”
SmartSignal – “This app makes it easy to communicate with other bikers and motorists on the road. Everyone uses a “blinky” to keep them safe, but there is a lot more that you can do to help communicate with drivers and other cyclists on the road. SmartSignal allows you to add additional functionality, such as signaling turns to others on the road when you’re riding alone. When you are riding in a group, SmartSignal enables you to communicate with other riders about what the group is doing so you can be aware of what riders behind you are doing (like stopping due to a flat), as well as what the head of the pack is doing (like starting to move after a stoplight) to better coordinate amongst riders.”
SendHelp – “SendHelp calls 911 when you can’t. Send help runs on your phone and monitors your ride to ensure you’re safe. If it detects a crash, it starts a siren that the user can turn off by tapping the screen. If the user is not able to tap the screen within 30 seconds, the app will automatically call 911 and let emergency services know your current location via E911 ensuring that help is on the way, even if you aren’t able to make the call.”
DinoHulk’s AR Bike Tour -“Integrating augmented reality into bike tours is a great way to broaden the educational aspects of the tour. Users can experience nature in a whole new way. This app uses image detection to generate 3D models and text on the screen.”
BikeAhead – “This is an app for a bike conscious driver. He/she can open the app before driving and know about the bikers in their driving area. They get a warning when they are close to the driver. The biker just starts driving and sends his coordinates to a server. When done riding he stops the coordinates.”
Hazards-On-the-Way –“Find and report hazards on a bike route like slippery roads, potholes, animals on the track, rail tracks, etc. It acts as a caution alert for all bikers. Hazards can have different levels of danger like high, medium, and low. These hazards will show up on a map centered around the current location.”
Weelz – “Our app uses information from other bikers to illustrate obstacles and hazards that may harm others. By using crowd-sourced information we can develop a community of bikers that work to keep each other safe on the trails and on the road.”
BikeSonar – “We used Bluetooth LE to allow bikes and vehicles to communicate their proximity to each other. Drivers can use the app to know when cyclists are nearby, and cyclists can use the app to be alerted of the presence of vehicles and other cyclists.”
FlashSale – “Self-publishing app for small retailers that targets hyperlocal customers.”
Bike Buddy – “Our app, Bike Buddy, allows bikers to team-up, locate routes, and safely commute together. Our target audience is bike commuters who bike to work every day. No matter if you are an experienced rider or a beginner, we believe that biking in a group is safer than biking alone. It is easier for drivers to see multiple bikers, and your bike buddies can have your back if there is an accident.”
Check6 — Blind Spot Detection – “We made a bicycle mounted sensor that detects objects that are behind you, and alerts you when they are close.”
So You Think You Can Bike? – “So You Think You Can Bike is an immersive bike safety simulator that effectively trains bicyclists and motorists alike to properly use hand signals. Collisions and fatalities involving cyclists can be boiled down to miscommunication and visibility. Our app solves this problem by providing children and adults a fun and interactive way to learn how to use hand signals properly in the form of a game.”
CycleSignal – “CycleSignal improves safety by providing instant, gesture-based, universally-understood communication of a cyclist’s intent to drivers. By interpreting official cyclist hand signals and presenting them on a display in icon format, it eliminates the time required to understand what a cyclist will do. In addition, CycleSignal ensures drivers see cyclist signals even at night when visibility is drastically reduced and seeing a hand signal can be much more difficult, if not impossible.”
ZenBike – “Waze for bike safety”
Cita – “An on-the-bike appointment scheduler specialized for a local barbershop owned by a friend.”