Internet of Things Developer Competition opens IOT Week
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – May 5, 2014 - Hack The Hackathon, global producer of advanced developer competitions, today announced the successful completion of the IoT Olympiad, a developer competition (‘hackathon’) held May 2 through May 4, kicking off Internet of Things (IoT) Week Boston. In related news, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick officially proclaimed May 2-9, 2014 “Massachusetts Internet of Things Week”.
During the IoT Olympiad, engineers and industry experts met at the Cambridge Innovation Center to produce working demonstrations and prototypes for the application of sensors, cloud services, data, and mobile devices to a more sustainable maritime economy. Several developer teams focused on both the bottom and the top of the ocean food chain: oysters and whales — while others took on healthcare outcomes, public safety, and supply chain efficiency.
Working hand-in-hand with Axeda Corporation, Maritime Gloucester, the City of Gloucester, Woods Hole Group, Ocean Alliance, MIT SENSEable City Laboratory, and others, the IoT Olympiad encouraged teams of developers to harness sensors, meteorological, oceanic, GPS, tidal, and fishery data resources, combined with their own innovation, to create IoT-based solutions to meet the challenges of New England’s struggling maritime economies.
- Team Coast Watcher: Hong Zhang, Ari Roshko, and Jennifer Jones prototyped “CoastWatcher”: a mobile app for oceanographers that uses smart sensors to measure seawater clarity, temperature, bacterial load, and salinity. The app also incorporates streamed video from key seacoast locations, and was posted to the Windows Phone Store. The team took home the Axeda Grand Prize and was “adopted” by Woods Hole Group of Falmouth Massachusetts where the project will continue to receive ongoing support and incubation services.
- Team All’s Whale that Ends Whale: Eliza Kosey, Nathan Tarp, Steve Cooke and Alex Ogunsanya created two working demos: Whale Snap and Whale Scale. Whale Snap is an end-to-end integrated app and cloud service to harness the power of ‘citizen science’ for Ocean Alliance on coastal whale watches, which directly contribute over $150 million annually to Massachusetts coastal community economies. Whale Scale uses ocean buoys equipped with advanced audio signal processing to capture whales song in their natural habitat, connected to a cloud database that automatically categorizes the signals into ‘themes’. The team won a celebrity whale watch and office space at the Ocean Alliance oceanographic Institute in Gloucester, MA.
- Team Blue Pearl: Jerry Zhang, William Zhang, Daniel Speroni, Joe Rothermich, and Mike Wissner won the Axeda 2nd place prize, for their Cold Chain solution using smart sensors to stream temperature and location data to a cloud service for tracking the freshness of oyster shipments. They also won an Island Creek Oyster Tour and Farm Share, plus complimentary exhibit space at the AutoID Expo at MIT on May 7.
“Through our efforts to foster a culture of innovation in emerging and under-served markets, Hack The Hackathon has observed that while a challenge may be global in scope, its solutions are realized locally”, said Russ Klein, founder of Hack The Hackathon. “Therefore, in the spirit of global social good, we selected a core challenge for this event that is both urgent and universal. Marine scientists, sea-bound and seaside economies, and both local and regional, and national government overseers often seem at odds with one another regarding access to our oceans. Yet with the introduction of sensor networks and real-time monitoring, we have an opportunity to find sustainable solutions that are universal and highly relevant on a local level.”
Other working demonstrations created during the IoT Olympiad include: “Help Me! was founded by audience member-turned team leader, Vilpa Patel. She joined with Chandu Dondeti, Teddy Wing, John Whelan, Malik Bennabi (via video conference from Istanbul Turkey) and a student to build a working prototype of a personal emergency system for mobilizing communities in support of the effort to reduce rape and abduction in developing nations. A wearable sensor triggers a multi-channel data blast, alerting everyone within a certain radius of the incident. For their shared vision and dedication to continue to work on this project, they won a cash prize and a tour of the SENSEable City Lab at MIT from Lab research director Yaniv Turgeman.
“Dude, Where’s my Grandpa?” team members Julie Corwin, RJ Steinhert, Dogi and Gen Ohta built a home-based observation system to automatically monitor the physical whereabouts of the elderly to alert in-home healthcare service agencies. They were awarded the Axeda third place prize of an Oculus Rift Dev1 developer kit. Truevis team member Eric Boehlke prototyped a physician calendaring system incorporating streamed real-time and historical biometric patient data.
The IoT Olympiad also featured developer education from legal expert David Crosby, council at Nixon-Peabody; technology insights from Tom Coyle, of MIT Enterprise Forum’s Auto-ID and Sensing Circle; industry expertise and theme chairmanship from Don Carli of the Institute for Sustainable Communication —who, with Dr. Iain Kerr of Ocean Alliance and Dennis Aubrey, CEO of Woods Hole Group provided leadership for the Sustainable Maritime Economies teams.
Embridge Events head of developer relations Gaurav Patil led the talented crew, which included Sooz, BostonTweetUp, Data Hive Consulting, eC3 Consulting, Camberville Chow, and many energetic volunteers. Some of the best food ever served at a hackathon was provided by Legal Sea Foods, Pizzeria Uno, and Island Creek Oyster Farm. Additional support was provided by CelloTape / Tap4Mor.
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