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.

 

Get ready to hack at OTA11!

A key feature of every Over the Air is the hacking competition, which opens after the Keynotes on Friday morning and closes shortly before the Demo’s on Saturday after lunch. There are always a number of general categories, sponsored categories, and thematic or problem-solving challenges.

As we finalise the schedule for OTA11, we are also starting to finalise this year’s competition categories, and can have lots of amazing prizes to tell you about as well!

The details of the OTA11 Hackday categories and prizes have now been posted.  Time to go make cool stuff!!

The competition entry form is live online, and you have until lunchtime to get your entry in.

 

 

4 Years of Hacking Competitions

photo credit Benjamin EllisOne of the key features of Over the Air is the in-event competition, which gives you a chance to show off the clever and fun ideas you’ve been coding and hacking away at over the course of the event. We’ve had some really great entries over the years, and hope to hear plenty of stories of how they were developed further after the event (in which case we’ll link to them for you).

There are some basic Terms & Conditions for entering the competition, which you can read here (and which you implicitly agree to when you submit an entry).

We’re making some small changes to how the competition works this year, in response to your feedback and our experience over the past years. If you have any suggetions do get in touch! We’ll be posting the details over the course of the summer.

Where are they now?

We’d love to feature our past hack-a-thon entries and where those ideas went… if you’ve got a video or a blog post about what you did, if you’ve launched the idea you worked on in ’09 or ’08 – please get in touch! We’d love to brag about you….

Also, if you have an footage of any of the past entries, please help us complete the links list below!

 

The 2010 Hack-a-thon Competition:

  1. Best in Show (judges selection) – an iPad from Alcatel-Lucent, and $1,000 worth of services from Mob4Hire The Ben Collins Appreciation Society for First Gear
  2. Audience Favourite (audience vote) – $1,000 worth of services from DeviceAnywhere – Light Blue for Lobster
  3. The Nokia Qt Challenge – a Nokia N8 – GeekYouUp for Hot UK Deals for Maemo
  4. The UnLtd Better Net Challenge – £2,500 – Intohand for Freecycle Mobile
  5. The Telefonica #Blue Challenge – a Playstation 3 – Jose Palazon for OTA #Blue Chess
  6. The PayPal X Challenge – an HTC Android Smartphone – The Bill Collins Appreciation Society for First Gear
  7. The Ericsson Labs Challenge – a Sony Ericsson Android X10 Mini Pro – Intohand for Freecycle Mobile
  8. The Orange Mobilise Challenge – an iPhone 4 – Alistair MacDonald for Hole Mapper
  9. Best User Experience – $500 of In-Network Ad Spend from InMobi – Melinda & Christiano for GeoHunt
  10. Best use of Open APIs and Open Data – a Motorola DEXT – Dale Lane for UK Traffic
  11. Best Android App – a Motorola Milestone – Paul Johnston for FindMyMates
  12. Best use of Mobile Web – a Sony Ericsson Android X10 Mini Pro – Me Myself & I for Light Blue
  13. Best Game – an Xbox from Microsoft – Feel the FP-ness for Dance Dance Evolution
  14. Best Use of other features (RFID, Camera Bluetooth, Light Sensors) – Monotype Imaging Poster – Adam Cohen-Rose for The Eyes Have It
  15. Best iPhone App – Monotype Imaging Poster – >2.5k for Vibe
  16. Best Visual Design – Monotype Imaging Poster – Feel the FP-ness for Dance Dance Evolution
  17. Best use of Widgets – Monotype Imaging Poster – Geek You Up for The Cleaner
  18. Best Hardware Hack- Monotype Imaging Poster – Adam Cohen-Rose for The Eyes Have It
  19. The Most Fun – Monotype Imaging Poster – Thom FP for Doodle Message
  20. The Most Useful – Monotype Imaging Poster – Sam Machin for BlueBabelTextFish
  21. The Most Cheeky – Monotype Imaging Poster – Light Blue for Lobster

The 2009 Hack-a-thon Competition:

  • OMTP – Best BONDI Widget = BONDI Password generator by Kai Hendry; Prize = a BONDI surf board
  • LiMo Foundation – Best user experience on BONDI widget = 0870 Widget by Simon Maddox; Prize = £100 book voucher
  • Lonely Planet – Best Lonely Planet Hack – Your choice from the Lonely Planet Library
  • BBC – Best Dr Who Hack = Mind the Dalekby Adam Cohen-Rose; Prize = Dr Who Magazine interview and other Dr Who goodies
  • Yahoo – Best use of Yahoo APIs = Something Around You by Alfredo Morresi, Stefano Zingarini, & Robert (Jamie) Munro; Prize = a Nespresso Machine
  • Most Fun Entry = Friend Hangman by Makoto Inoue; Prize = iPod Touch donated by Yiibu
  • Best User Experience = Bottle rock it by lastminute.com labs: Sam Dean, Russ Anderson, Richard Lewis Jones, & Mathias Dahlstrom; Prize = Nokia Ovi Launchpad Membership
  • Service Design = FollowMyContactCard by Owen Griffin; Prize = iPod Touch donated by Yiibu
  • Best Visual Design = Drinkr by Anže Cesar & Tomaž Štolfa; Prize = a Netbook donated by Vodafone
  • Best Use of WebApp / Widget technology = Widgbay by Andy Vizor; Prize = Nokia Ovi Beta & Support
  • Best Android App = Buzzword Bingo by Elliot Long; Prize = an HTC Hero donated by Orange
  • Best Location Aware App / Service = BatNav by Saqib Shaikh; Prize = Nokia Bluetooth Headset donated by Nokia
  • Best Use of Wireless, Bluetooth, or RFID = RFID Coffee Cup by Sam Machin; Prize = 100 hours of the Perfecto Mobile service
  • Best Hardware Hack = Mind the Dalek by Adam Cohen-Rose; Prize = 100 hours of the DeviceAnywhere service
  • Best of Show (Selected by the Judges Panel) = Project BlueBell by Future Platforms: James Hugman, Thom Hopper, Tom Hume; Prize = Nokia mobile phone donated by Nokia
  • Audience Favorite (Selected by all attendees) = RFID Coffee Cup by Sam Machin; Prize = A SonyEricsson Walkman phone donated by O2 Litmus

The 2008 Hack-a-thon Competition:

  • Overall Best Prototype – Mr. Tomm (Future Platforms)
  • Best Mobile Widget – Auto Widget Configurator (Owen)
  • Best Hardware hackPhone Fight (lastminute.com labs)
  • Best Use of Multimedia – 21st Century Fridge Door (Orange Pirate)
  • Best Use of Wireless, Bluetooth or RFID – Bluetooth FOAF (Owend)
  • Most elegant solution – Twitter Client for Windows (Dale Lane)
  • Most over engineered – Clever Social Tool (Alex squared)
  • Most practical / ready for market – SNOB
  • Best mobile web application – Browser SyncBest design / user experience prototype – Phone Fight (lastminute.com labs)
  • Best Location Aware Award – Capture the Flag (Location based games)
  • And the winners in our “unofficial categories” were:
    • Fun Award – Phone Fight (lastminute.com labs)
    • Most likely the succeed with the CIA – (Social Tracker)

 

The OTA 2010 Hack-a-thon Results

  1. Best in Show (judges selection) – an iPad from Alcatel-Lucent, nurse and $1,000 worth of services from Mob4Hire The Ben Collins Appreciation Society for First Gear
  2. Audience Favourite (audience vote) – $1,000 worth of services from DeviceAnywhere – Light Blue for Lobster
  3. The Nokia Qt Challenge – a Nokia N8 – GeekYouUp for Hot UK Deals for Maemo
  4. The UnLtd Better Net Challenge – £2,500 – Intohand for Freecycle Mobile
  5. The Telefonica #Blue Challenge – a Playstation 3 – Jose Palazon for OTA #Blue Chess
  6. The PayPal X Challenge – an HTC Android Smartphone – The Bill Collins Appreciation Society for First Gear
  7. The Ericsson Labs Challenge – a Sony Ericsson Android X10 Mini Pro – Intohand for Freecycle Mobile
  8. The Orange Mobilise Challenge – an iPhone 4 – Alistair MacDonald for Hole Mapper
  9. Best User Experience – $500 of In-Network Ad Spend from InMobi – Melinda & Christiano for GeoHunt
  10. Best use of Open APIs and Open Data – a Motorola DEXT – Dale Lane for UK Traffic
  11. Best Android App – a Motorola Milestone – Paul Johnston for FindMyMates
  12. Best use of Mobile Web – a Sony Ericsson Android X10 Mini Pro – Me Myself & I for Light Blue
  13. Best Game – an Xbox from Microsoft – Feel the FP-ness for Dance Dance Evolution
  14. Best Use of other features (RFID, Camera Bluetooth, Light Sensors) – Monotype Imaging Poster – Adam Cohen-Rose for The Eyes Have It
  15. Best iPhone App – Monotype Imaging Poster – >2.5k for Vibe
  16. Best Visual Design – Monotype Imaging Poster – Feel the FP-ness for Dance Dance Evolution
  17. Best use of Widgets – Monotype Imaging Poster – Geek You Up for The Cleaner
  18. Best Hardware Hack- Monotype Imaging Poster – Adam Cohen-Rose for The Eyes Have It
  19. The Most Fun – Monotype Imaging Poster – Thom FP for Doodle Message
  20. The Most Useful – Monotype Imaging Poster – Sam Machin for BlueBabelTextFish
  21. The Most Cheeky – Monotype Imaging Poster – Light Blue for Lobster