Recap: Mobile App Hackathon in Boulder
Last weekend, we traveled to Boulder, CO to hold an AT&T Mobile App Hackathon focused on IoT solutions. Developers were provided with Harman Omni 10 speakers, Myo Armbands, and a slew of different microcontrollers and sensors to build their solutions. In addition, we were joined by our friends at IBM and Harman to help teams code their solutions.
I’d like to give a special thanks to IBM, Harman, and Galvanize Boulder for their assistance in supporting the event. Our hackathons could never be successful without the support of other stellar organizations and the local community. Employees from each of these companies gave up their weekend to help support the hackathon and local developers.
One of the most interesting anecdotes from the event is that the winning team, Scavenger Hunt, actually went through several iterations of their idea as they waded their way through multiple APIs trying to facilitate their vision. They had initially hoped to use image recognition in order to identify objects, but could not find a suitable API for processing the images. After several attempts, they pivoted to use NFC tags in order to complete a very robust MVP. It was a great display of how you have to adapt at a hackathon, and as long as you keep one eye on the clock you can still pull off a great app even if you need to iterate into day 2.
Here are the apps and winners the event:
- Best Mobile App or IoT Solution Overall – $1000 in Gift Cards – Scavenger Hunt
- Best App From a Women-Led Team – $250 in Gift Cards – Scavenger Hunt
- Best Use IBM Bluemix – $1000 in Gift Cards – Tipbox.io
- Best Use of Harman APIs – Harman Dev Kits for Each Team Member – Scavenger Hunt
- Best Use of AT&T M2X APIs – $250 in Gift Cards – Ambient Audio
Don’t forget to help us select our Community Choice Award by posting a comment telling us which app from our Boulder Hackathon is your favorite.
Here’s what the teams created:
Relaxiety – “At least one person in your immediate circle of friends and family suffer from, or will suffer from anxiety in their lifetime. One in five Americans report issues with anxiety annually, costing us as a society a total of $42 Billion every year. A person that is going through a panic attack suffers from symptoms such as sweating, trembling, a racing heart, and fear of losing one’s mind. Relaxiety is an anxiety management app that detects when a panic attack is starting and helps you control it with a beating pattern on your bracelet. It also allows you to review where and when your attacks happen, helping to identify your triggers.”
Ambient Audio – “An application that senses ambient light variations and plays the appropriate sound, which promotes circadian rhythm health. Feeling sluggish, having troubles focusing? Your circadian rhythm may be off. Your rhythm runs on a 24-hour cycle that is fueled by light and sound. Getting back into your rhythm improves energy, maximizes productivity, and it’ll help you get your groove back. We’re here to help with light and sound – Welcome to Ambient Audio.”
tipBox.io – “As fewer and fewer people carry cash, the classic donation jar becomes increasingly obsolete. tipBox is the IoT solution that allows artists/performers/food vendors/etc to easily collect digital donations without having to swipe credit cards or stop what they’re doing. Here’s how it works:
- Receiver turns on the tipBox and links it to their account.
- Donors see the tipBox on their phones when in the area.
- Donors can give money with one tap safely and securely!”
Scavenger Hunt – “This is a children’s game designed to tell preliterate children the names of objects in their environment. The children scan the objects with their app that uses Watson’s Text-to-Speech to generate an audio file. The audio file is then played on the Harman speaker using the Harman hub API.”
Street Live Recorder – “This app uses a Myo sensor in order to measure your movement and predict your mood. It then plays music to compliment your mood via a harman speaker creating a soundtrack for your life.”