Hackathon Winners and Participation Thanks

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 in Events

The 101010 Hackathon last week was a success! And we owe the thanks for that success to the community that pulled together to get the word out last week and organize the hackathon project list.  More than 100 people participated from eight different countries throughout the 24 hours of the hackathon and we had some truly unique and innovative projects developed by people all over the world.

Hackathon Projects and Winners

TROPO PRIZE WINNERS

Loqi.me: Amber Case and Aaron Parecki won a Tropo grand prize for their  allows mobile users to send an emergency GPS beacon to a real-time map. Crisis responders can view all of the help requests on the webpage, along with hospitals and fire stations, real-time 911 calls related to natural disasters.

Ground teams can easily use Loqi.me on their mobile phones to send notices of supplies and terrain reports in real time. Remote helpers can easily see the whole picture on the website’s real-time map, handle help and information requests, and send messages to the network.

Loqi.me supports subscription to group messages via SMS, AIM, Jabber and Twitter. No application installation is required. Location beacons can be sent simply by going to http://loqi.me on any GPS-enabled mobile phone.

This application was developed as a part of the NedSpace coworking space in Portland, Oregon and NedSpace was also awarded a $1010 prize.

Sahana Eden + Tropo integration: Fran Boon and Praneeth Bodduluri’s innovation application that also used the Tropo API won one of the $1010 top prizes.  The features implemented allow Sahana to extend its presence over IM/Twitter/SMS – Simple queries can be performed on a Sahana instance using these.  Their app included examples that enable users to send queries via IM/Twitter or SMS to check Hospital Status or search for People or Organizations.  This was fantastic integration of two technologies.

Fran and Praneeth affiliated their project with Sahana Foundation, one of the key open-source crisis management platforms that GWOBorg worked with in development of the hackathon event.

GMap a Crisis: Psytek from AlphaOne Labs in NYC (one of the hacker spaces we visited on the tour) won one of the Apple iPad prizes for developing a simple yet powerful application that uses Tropo to monitor Twitter for certain hashtags: #crisis, and takes the geo-location information and displays it on a Google Map.

101010 and Geeks Without Bounds Supporters

The 101010 Hackathon simply would not have happened without the amazing support that we found throughout the crisis response community.

Both of the Heathers from Crisis Commons were two of our earliest supporters, they shared information and helped us navigate the community – we are endlessly grateful for their crash course in what we needed to know! :)

Patrick Meier at Ushahidi and George Chamales from the Konpa Group worked closely with GWOBorg in the days leading up to the hackathon to finalize the details and define many of the application needs.  Mark Prutsalis, David Bitner and Michael Howden also contributed invaluable assistance from the Sahana Foundation.

Thanks also go to the sponsors, without who none of this would have been possible:

Tropo – Tropo is a powerful, yet simple API that adds Voice, SMS, Twitter, and IM support to the programming languages you already know.  Tropo will award prizes to those registered apps that use the Tropo API.

Heroku - Heroku is a cloud application platform for Ruby – a new way of building and deploying web apps.  Heroku will award prizes to those registered participants who build apps that use Heroku’s platform.