Recap: Our First ever Hackathon in Mexico
Guadalajara is to Tequila, what Napa Valley is to wine. However, that wasn’t the incentive to have our first ever hackathon in Mexico. We wanted to introduce AT&T to this market, and so we hosted over 80 developers to show us what awesome mobile apps they can build in just 24 hours. We even had a bus of devs that rode overnight from Mexico City (over 500 miles away) to participate. Our local partners Campus Party collaborated and setup a tent area for developers to rest during the night.
With over $1,500 available for the top three teams; the competition was fierce and all IoT hardware (Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, etc.) were gone within 15 minutes (that is, except for a small number of Bluetooth beacon). It was an awesome event; we saw a lot of enthusiasm and talent. Our teams worked right through to the very end, and most of them stayed overnight inside the event center in the tents provided by Campus Party.
First Prize: Our Winner for Best Overall Mobile App or IoT Solution – $1,000
Our overall winner, NFC Hero built a native Android game “to change the way people play video games while helping to bring public spaces alive.“ The game let players create a member-only RPG world where anyone could place NFC tags. The app lets them create secret game “dungeons” and players who find these tags can then challenge the dungeon for fun and recognition. Think of it as digital video game graffiti.
Here are the Other Awesome Winners Below:
2nd Place Overall – $500
AT&T HUD – This team built their own cardboard glasses and incorporated AT&T Speech to find locations, play games, and “see the world in a unique way that blends seamlessly into the real world.”
3rd Place Overall – $250
Robotina – This app turns any conventional house into a smart house. Using different sensors the app will be able to see if any door or window is open, as well as the temperature inside and outside the house. Robotina will send alerts, via Twitter, if something happens. The team used an Intel Edison board, node.js and react-native to build a demo that detected an increase in temperature. Robotina tweeted the information to the user, who then decided to remotely turn on the AC to keep the house cool.
M2X Challenge Winner – Kept the M2X equipment used for their app
Tlalli Community – This is an application for citizen voluntary reporting, where anyone with a smartphone and an ecological wearable can use the app to make reports and complaints about the environment in which they live — from a pothole to a street lame to theft. In addition, the team built a prototype wearable using a Tessel board to detect noise levels, changes in the local temperature, and humidity. These changes report directly using AT&T M2X.
We are also extremely excited to announce that we will be returning in January for another Mexico event. As part of our upcoming 2016 AT&T Developer Summit, our hackathon has gone international and will occur simultaneously in both Las Vegas, NV and Guadalajara, Mexico. This year we will have top finalists from the US compete against the top overall winner from Mexico during our live fast pitch to determine the true North America Champion. Beuna suerte a todos. Registration is now open for the next Mexico hackathon.
Here are the other apps created at our first-ever hackathon in Mexico:
SmartCops: Sends an alert message with geo-position data to a server located in the local police station through a wearable panic button paired with a smartphone.
AB&C: A platform that can teach millions of people to read and write.
AHORRAT: An app for intelligent home security.
Private Chat: This is a chat application for people who are in a perimeter of 500 meters.
DiagnosticApp: Brings patients and health care professionals closer together and a whole new level of understanding.
Beavent: Connects people with events near them and shows information using beacon technology.
SMARTDial: Re-invents dialing on cell phones, turning the conventional keyboard into an intelligent interface, which can learn user behaviors.
Cucu Bus: Plan your scheduled trips using local public transportation.
Grosit: A community where you can request groceries, books, and electronic devices. The app provides sellers with ratings and helps reach an agreement on costs and delivery.
Rubbish: A community project to efficiently recycle trash.
Ouman: An app to answer questions in a funny way so that it helps people not worry about the things that no one knows.
Miss this hackathon? Join us for the next Mexico hackathon Jan 2-3, 2016 as part of the 2016 AT&T Developer Summit hackathon. Register now and we hope to see you there!