Hackathon Challenges & Categories

The Nexmo APIs Challenge

This category celebrates the best use of Nexmo APIs. You can choose from Voice, SMS, Number Insight & Verify, or even use a combination! The entries will be judged on creativity, presentation, technical achievement and application of Nexmo.

WINNER: The winner was Robert Lee-Can (otherwise known as Leeky) for his entry Virtual OTA – “A very silly virtual Over the Air that you can dial into anytime in the future. Uses Nexmo Voice API.”

Leeky - virtual OTA


PRIZE
An Amazon Echo Dot and home automation bundle, donated by NEXMO.


The Natural History Open Data Challenge

nhm-data-portal-first-steps-toward-the-graphoflife-6-638The Natural History Museum in London is committed to open access and open science, and has launched the Data Portal to make its research and collections datasets available online. It allows anyone to explore, download and reuse the data for their own research. Our natural history collection is one of the most important in the world, documenting 4.5 billion years of life, the Earth and the solar system. Almost all animal, plant, mineral and fossil groups are represented – and we’re inviting you to get involved!

WINNERS: The winners were Gilbert Sinnott and Jack Bush with their entry Binaural Bioacoustica – “Inspired by the talks given earlier in the day on WebVR and physical-digital interactions, we wanted to create something playful and experiential that would stimulate the senses with what was available on the NHM site. The Bioacoustica recordings caught our attention both as a historical and ambient-aesthetic resource. and we first wireframed a real-time GPS exploration that would take place outdoors.

Winners NHM ChallengeParticipants would be able to hear these centuries old recordings binaurally through headphones, and hunt them to their source. At the source would be an associated image or model alongside further classification information from the NHM databases.

Whilst the end result isn’t GPS mapped – in the sense of moving the camera along LAT/LONG to find nodes – it isn’t far off. At the moment desktop users can explore the space using keyboard controls, and Android and IOS users with WebVR viewports (though IOS restricts the audio). Making it first started with parsing XML data into JSON and downloading the audio locally so that it could be converted and streamed in OGG. The augmented reality experience was then created with WebGL / WebVR through A-Frame and Three.js to plot the recordings in 3D space.

The binaural audio was created with WebAudio using Tone.js and vector spatialisation. Initially we used the source geocoordinates for recordings, then decided to poisson-distribute them so that they would not clump, and could drift in and out more smoothly. The end result compiles through node and gulp into a static site available at gilbertsinnott.com/nhm


PRIZE
: Funky dinosaur sweatshirts, for the stylish data analyst, from the Natural History Museum.

PLUS: “Data Wrangling with Python” from O’Reilly Media


The CrateDB Data Challenge 

Crate are big fans of data. Big data, small data, open data. We want to see what you can do using the CrateDB, oodles of data, and the limitless power of your imagination.  Luckily for our happy hackers, a SQL database shouldn’t be too hard to integrate into most projects, letting us focus on judging entries that use CrateDB to build creative, compelling projects around interesting data. Libraries are available for Java, Python, Ruby, Go, etc. so choose your flavor. We’ve put together some demo applications here to get you started!

WINNERS: Sarah Zareian and Paul Johnston with their entry Your A&E Wait Time – “Understanding London hospital’s performance against the national A&E four hour standard in a visual way using open data.”

James & TomHONOURABLE MENTION:  But that’s not all – an honourable mention also went to James Bulmer and Tom Harry for Species Search – “This project aims to use image recognition to identify different species of animals using pictures taken from your phones camera. The app cross references the image with data taken from eol.org and attempts to identify the species and give some scientific information.”

PRIZES: An awesome Raspberry Pi Ultimate Starter Kit


Best in Show

This category is the Judges’s selection, based on all of the entries that they have seen both under-the-hood and on stage during the Demo’s.

leekyWINNER: The winner was Robert Lee-Can (otherwise known as Leeky) for his entry Virtual OTA – “A very silly virtual Over the Air that you can dial into anytime in the future. Uses Nexmo Voice API.”

PRIZE: Access to the Digital Catapult Contributor Programme for 6 months, donated by the Digital Catapult Centre. The package includes:

  • Access to the hot desks – a max of two desks a week (subject to availability)
  • Access to meeting rooms – up to 12 hours a month (subject to availability)
  • Discounted hire of our Event space
  • Access to our informal meeting space (fair usage applies)
  • Community information and networking opportunities

PLUS: “The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book”, “The Maker’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse”, and “Arduino: A Technical Reference” from O’Reilly.


The Audience Favourite

This category is the Audience’s selection. We come up with a new way to run the vote every year, and this year’s voting mechanism will be created using Nexmo the API.

WINNER: Tom Durrant for his entry FrisBLE –  a bluetooth connected Frisbee containing an accelerometer/gyroscope which is used to calculate when the frisbee is thrown, how much it spins, and when it is caught. It also uses a bluetooth beacon to tell which player the frisbee has been thrown to.

PRIZE: A current generation Apple TV (which are compatible with Twitter Fabric, and support the new Twitter live-streaming app!), donated by Twitter.

PLUS: Cooking for Geeks” from O’Reilly Media

 


The Best Android Entry

JamesWINNERS: James Bulmer and Tom Harry for Species Search – “This project aims to use image recognition to identify different species of animals using pictures taken from your phones camera. The app cross references the image with data taken from eol.org and attempts to identify the species and give some scientific information.”

PRIZE: “High Performance Android Apps” from O’Reilly Media

 


tomThe Best iOS Entry

WINNER: Tom Durrant for his entry FrisBLE –  a bluetooth connected Frisbee containing an accelerometer / gyroscope which is used to calculate when the frisbee is thrown, how much it spins, and when it is caught. It also uses a bluetooth beacon to tell which player the frisbee has been thrown to.

PRIZE: “High Performance iOS Apps” from O’Reilly Media

 


The Best Windows Entry

WINNER: Dom Hodgson, Alistair Macdonald and baby Scarlett, for a tongue-in-cheek “wearable technology’ “windows’ entry – the Stupid Christmas Thing – a creative hack featuring a cardboard box, plastic cups, Nexmo sticker technology, and LED lighting.

PRIZE: “Make: Fire” from Maker Media Inc

 


The Best Mobile Web / HTML5 Entry

WINNERS: Steven Frazier-Roberts, David Rufus, and Nicky Main-Reade for Quest – “We took on the Natural History Museum’s challenge to help the public understand, Runners up NHM Challengeuse and engage with their open data. We took the iCollections set of objects and samples and drew them these items that have been discovered near you on a map with a timeline.

We were unable to do geobox queries on the open data portal so took a dump of all the UK data and loaded it into Elasticsearch, this could be added to the data portal for a longer term solution. The map is Leaflet JS and the ui is jQuery/bootstrap served by node.” https://github.com/Verocoder/quest


HONOURABLE MENTION:
This entry also received an honourable mention for the Natural History Open Data Challenge.

PRIZE: “CSS Secrets” from O’Reilly Media

 


The Best Game / VR Entry

MatthewWINNER: Matthew Rollings for his entry Third Person View – “I enjoy real life, sure it’s great. But it’s a bit too easy to control, what about a new experience from a different perspective? Using two devices and a VR headset you can control yourself in 3rd person. It’s like real life only much much harder…”

PRIZE: Two Samsung Gear VR headsets, donated by Samsung.

PLUS: “Game Art” from No Starch Media

Watching @enraged have an out of body experience with @StealthCopter‘s perception shifting headset. #ota16 #nsfw pic.twitter.com/hdp623FDqv

— Christian Payne (@Documentally) November 26, 2016


The Best ‘Other’ Entry

TristanWINNER: Tristan Roddis for his entry IIInFinite Zoom – “I want to create an image that will zoom forever. And I plan to do it by letting users zoom to the individual pixel level, then loading in a new image with the same predominant colour as that pixel, and letting them zoom in on that one. Ad infinitum. Images will be loaded from a colour-coded pool of 50,000 that I’ve harvested from archive.org. And delivered using the International Image Interoperability Protocol (IIIF) of course.”

PRIZE: Two Samsung Gear VR headsets, donated by Samsung.

PLUS: “Make: Bluetooth” from Maker Media Inc

 


The Best Hardware / IoT  Entry

PRIZE: “Engineering for Industrial Designers and Inventors” from O’Reilly Media

 


The Best Wearable Entry

PRIZE: “Designing for Sustainability” from O’Reilly Media

 


Find out more about how to enter the Hackathon here

Check out the 2015 Hack Day Challenges & Winners here