OTA11 Hackday Categories & Prizes

Here are the details and results of the Hackday categories and prizes, made possible by our generous sponsors & supporters – and of course, the absolutely brilliant hackers, engineers and lego-builders that attended OTA11!!

Best in Show

photo by cazphoto.co.uk on Flickr

Team Beat Dom (Dom Hodgson, Cassius Durling, Heather Burke, Alistair MacDonald) won Best in Show for Fig Rescue, and received £10,000 worth of media spend on O2 Media’s network donated by Blue Via. The selection was made by the judges based on the following criteria: Creativity, Technical Skill, Potential Reach, Usefulness, & Coolness.

Fig Rescue is based on the traditional grabber machine from the arcade, brought to the Internet using mobile phones, webcams, arduino, lego and gaffer tape, lots of gaffer tape….



Audience Favourite

The winner of the Audience Vote is Stephen Nicholas for QuickeR, who received £1,000 in cash.

 Transferring data between devices using a ‘video’ QR code – i.e. spreading data over multiple QR codes and presenting them as a video, which is then captured, interpreted and recombined on another device. Allows for data transfer between devices when no network connectivity is present.


The Bletchley Park Challenge

Micheal Dales won the Best Bletchley Park related entry for the Bletchley Park Guide, and received an Electronic Enigma Machine Kit donated by the Bletchley Park Shop.

A guide app for Bletchley Park that provides trails of geolocated audio and images and text. The content can be changed on the fly from a web backend. This will allow iPhone users to use their own phone rather than borrow a guide. It already contains a bunch of the Park’s audio clips, and could go into the app store if wanted. (Read more about the Challenge)


The Secure Communications Challenge

Kevin McDonagh won the Best Secure Communications related entry for Enigma Share, and received a BlackBerry Playbook donated by HMGCC.

An enigma cypher for everyone to try! During the WW2 Germans communications used Enigma for secure communications. Machines were configured and then the configuration was only shared with a few trusted parties. Now with Enigma Cypher, you can share messages on any traditional social networks and then, share the configuration to read the messages with trusted friends! (Read more about Encryption & Security in a Mobile Context in the HMGCC guest blog post.)


The X.commerce Challenge

Mutasim Karim won the X.Commerce Challenge for GroupPay, and recieved a Samsung Galaxy S2, donated by PayPal.

PayPal has a very streamlined flow for making payments, which makes it perfect for mobile transactions. There are use-cases when payments need to be collected from multiple people (e.g. group bookings for trips, whip-round for birthday gifts) and in a mobile connected world, collecting these payments online could be a smoother experience than physically accumulating them. Using the PayPal Mobile APIs, Appcelerator’s Titanium platform, Facebook Connect and QR codes and nifty solution can be built which solves this predicament.


The Ericsson Labs Challenge

Elena Croitoru won the Ericsson Labs Challenge for Phone Monitor, and received a Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc phone, donated by Ericsson.

The Phone Monitor solution is made up of two apps: (1) An Android app via which a user may create an account with the Phone Monitor service and activate a monitoring service for the phone. The service associated with the app cannot be shutdown without the account password. The service will restart on booting the phone. The account details are not stored on the phone. (2) The second part of the solution is a J2EE app that will be accessible to the user based on the same set of credentials that he/she entered in the Android app. This application can be accessed via a browser (PC or via a mobile phone) (HTML 5, jsps, etc.) The J2EE app is protected against DOS attacks by using the device’s mac address in addition to the username/password credentials sent by the user. The J2EE app will display the location of the phone, the latest text messages and calls that were received/ made from the phone This solution can be used for stolen or forgotten phones (the J2EE app will show on a map where the phone is and what calls/texts have been made/sent); It can be used for monitoring the phone remotely (under-aged users). It can be used as a backup solution (that will show sms/calls data in case of loss, damage); it will also show the latest data after the loss of the phone. It can be used to ensure your delegated friend/relative can know where you are, if you suspect you will be in any danger. The J2EE app can be distributed independently to users or can be hosted in the cloud. I have developed my own APIs in order to accomplish the data transmission between the phone and the J2EE app. Data encryption uses the SHA 256 algorithm. The solution may also be used as a trojan detector depending on how we set the frequency of updates from the phone to the J2EE app. (it will list some of the calls/texts to premium rate numbers and they can be verified by the user) (Find out more about the Ericsson Labs Challenge.)


Best User Experience

Team Light Blue (Thomas Leitch, David Vella, Henrik Pettersson, & Thomas Hannen) won the best user-experience category for Fanyrd , and received $1,000 of In-Network Ad Spend donated by InMobi.

Fanyrd is a presenter’s worst nightmare….allowing the audience to montor the progress of the speech with a thumbs-up or thumbs-down button that shows on the screen like the famous ‘worm’ used on television during the election campaign.


Best Android Entry

Team WhyMCA (Paolo Sinelli, Alfredo Morresi, Andrea Piovani) won the best Android category for Hack the Mansion, and received Free Tickets & a Demo slot at Droidcon plus a Sony Ericsson Xperian Play , donated by WIP.

Hack The Mansion is the geek version of the old and legendary Monopoly where you can walk around where you want and do not have to wait your turn. We developed it using Paypal X API and Zillow Real Estate Open Data and a Ruby-on-Rails based webserver. You can play this game with your smartphone. In the Android client version of the game: You can buy virtual credits from your smartphone via Paypal service. Then you can walk around the city and take a picture of the QR codes placed on the wall of the mansions, then it is sent to the server. We can call it “check in”. If the mansion is already rented, you must pay a fee to the owner. If the mansion is “free”, you can decide either to buy or not and how many days for. Then, if you want to earn some extra points, you’ll be asked to answer a question about data given by Open Data services related to the area where the mansion is. All these operations are handled by the server in real-time . To spur people to play the game actively, once a week you can earn extra points if you do a minimum quantity of “check ins”. We can make this game more “social” by integrating it with a social network, playing with your friend and make a real social game where you can win prize depending on your score.

Best Hardware Hack

Team Hyperion (Paul Tanner & Hercules Fisherman) won the best Hardware Hack category for Hyperiron, and received two LEGO Mindstorms Kits donated by LEGO.

Hyperiron is a connected web of devices that allow seamless user interactions. The aim has been to provided connections of disparate number of devices and services. It encompasses an ever growing list of hardware accessories from arduino, adk (accessory development kit), mobiles, Bluetooth, sms, twitter and web services. Allowing rich interactions with colorful lights, sound and movements, to fire up creative spirits in many ways.


Most Fun Entry

Team Beat Dom (Dom Hodgson, Cassius Durling, Heather Burke, & Alistair MacDonald) won the Most Fun category for Fig Rescue, and received three LEGO Mindstorms Kit donated by LEGO.

Fig Rescue is based on the traditional grabber machine from the arcade, brought to the Internet using mobile phones, webcams, arduino, lego and gaffer tape, lots of gaffer tape….


Most Cultural Entry

Melinda Seckington won the Most Cultural category for MuDo’s, and received three iOS Programming books from the O’Reilly programming series, donated by O’Reilly Media.

A Museum To Do list. Login with Twitter, create a list of museums you want to vist (and which ones you’ve visited already) and then see what your friends have on their wishlists.


Best Windows Entry

Dale Lane won the best Windows Phone category for Day in your Life, and received three Windows Programming books from the O’Reilly programming series, donated by O’Reilly Media.

A Windows Phone 7 app. My first!  Every hour, it will ask you to take a photo to capture the moment – what are you doing now. It uses the live tile on the home screen to remind you if you still haven’t taken your photo this hour. It builds a scrolling picture gallery to show a day in your life.  Catching a photo of where you have breakfast, or you in your office, or where you go to lunch every day with your friends, etc. might seem pointless now. But in 10 years time, how awesome will it be to look back and see a typical day in photos?


Best use of the #Blue APIs

Team Intohand (Elliot Long & Andy Vizor) won the Best use of #Blue APIs category for Ship my Schedule, and received Kindles, donated by Blue Via 

Ship My Schedule is an offline schedule for Android intended for data connectivity-poor locations, where any needed updates to the schedule are sent in encoded form over SMS (with BlueVia) and intercepted and consumed by the app before they reach the sms inbox.


Best use of Open APIs and Open Data

Alistair MacDonald won the Best Open API category for This Postcode, and received £150 in Amazon Gift Vouchers, donated by Pearson.

This Postcode” uses the geolocation API and Ordanace Servey Open Data to identify where you are now. It then looks up the closest postcode for copying and pasting in to mobile web services that do not support geolocation. Also useful for SatNavs. Optimised as an iPhone app, but should in theory work on other devices.


Best use of Mobile Web / HTML5

Team TxtVia (Kyle Welsby & Chuck J Hardy) won the Best Mobile Web / HTML5 category for TxtVia, and received exclusive W3C HTML5 t-shirts, donated by the W3C, and two HTML5 programming books from the O’Reilly programming series, donated by O’Reilly Media, and a Samsung Galaxy S, donated by  WAC.

Send and Receive SMS messages on behalf of the user, using your browser. TxtVia started at Dom Hodge’s Leeds Hack,  A working concept was completed. During OTA, TxtVia got a upgrade to support #blue integration to allow sending and receiving of sms on behalf of O2 customers.



Best Game on or using the Mobile Phone

Team WhyMCA (Paolo Sinelli, Alfredo Morresi, Andrea Piovani) won the Best Game category for Hack the Mansion, and received three Google Nexus S devices, donated by Google.

(See entry details in the Best Android category above)

Best ‘Wearable’ Hack

Team Novodkinsino (Jamie McDonald & Luigi Agosti) won the Best Wearable category for Wearable Build Server, and received an Arduino ADK Board plus one Arduino Serial Soldered by hand (this is a vintage part) from the original Arduino series + 1 copy of the  Open Softwear book on learning how to design wearables, donated by  Arduino and 1scale1.com.

Wearable Build Server uses arduino and android to display continuous integration status, using Green and Red lights, as a wearable indicator.


Best use of In-app Payment APIs from WAC or BlueVia

 Team Sam & Simon ( Simon Maddox & Sam Machin) won the Best In-app payment category for PayPhone Pal, and won  a Samsung Galaxy S, donated by  WAC.

We’ve turned an android phone into a pay-phone. In order to make a call you login with your paypal ID then the calls are charged to your paypal account. You can call anywhere in the world as we have a live ‘rates’ API to calculate the call costs and the calls are made via our SIP server. We’ve also locked down the android phone into a ‘kiosk mode’ so that this is the only app it will run and the user can’t get out of it to the main OS so it could be deployed in a public place.


The Met Theft Protection Challenge

Team Socket2Me (Sam Hassan & Andrew Myhre) won the Met Theft Protection Challenge for Freeze Punk , and received a bottle of Bowmore Single Malt 12 year and Scotland Yard cuff links. The Challenge was to create an innovative application / solution to help users protect themselves in some way against mobile phone theft.
Freeze Punk is a motion sensor that sounds an alarm if moved or if it picks up movement on the camera stream. Uses: 1. if you’re staying in a dodgy hotel, you can point your device at the door and activate the app and it will sound an alarm when someone enters the room. 2. when in the pub or another public place and your phone is on the table you can activate the app so if your phone is moved the alarm will sound. The app is getting a stream from the camera and checking for any movement . It atomically sets the level of movement that will activate the alarm, you can override in the settings.

All Entrants

Over-night hackers received a UX Stickynotes mobile pad, donated by UX Stickynotes.