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Hack Midwest: A Kansas City Hackathon
Kansas City
19TH-20TH JULY 2014
Create Your Future
20
Total Hacks Built
100
Developers in Attendance
Event Hack Showcase
Racio
Winner of the Up to (3) Sparki: The Easy Arduino Robot by ArcBotics:
Sparki is an affordable, easy to use, and fun intro to programming, electronics, and robotics. It is geared towards kids elementary-age and above, educators looking for an easy intro to robotics, parents eager to find something affordable but educational and fun, DIY enthusiasts, and more. It is simple enough for beginners, while being feature-packed enough to be a must-have for pro-users. Sparki is your chance to have your very own robot, completely open source and available to do your bidding. Sparki has already been sold in 51 countries. It has been featured on Fast Company, Boston Globe, MAKE, Kickstarter Staff Pick, Ars Technica and more. Sparki is ArcBotics’ answer to robotics in STEM education, and is being used in classrooms around the world. Here are some of the things you’ll learn how to do: Edge avoidance, Line following, Maze solving, Wall avoidance, Room navigation, Object retrieval, Follow/hide from light sources and Shape drawing. Spark’s programming comes available in both Arduino code (C/C++) and drag-and-drop programming, all open-source. Sparki components: 1x Ultrasonic distance sensor (get distance from Sparki to walls/objects), 1x 3-Axis Accelerometer (pick-up detection, fall detection, hill climbing), 1x 3-Axis Magnetometer (sense the magnetic field around Sparki, coordinate with accelerometer to detect compass heading), 3x Light-sensing phototransistors (light following, darkness seeking), 5x Line-following and edge detection sensors (mazes, line follow, sumo), 1x 128x64 Graphic LCD, 1x RGB LED (RGB = generate any color!), 1x Buzzer (beeping, booping, and musical tones!), 1x IR Transmitter (like your TV remote control), 1x IR Receiver (like your TV), 1x IR Remote control (lots of buttons to control Sparki with), 1x TTL Serial port for expansion (talk to an Arduino/Raspberry Pi), 1x Port for Bluetooth Serial Module (not in all rewards), Powered by 4xAA batteries (rechargeable or alkaline), 2x Geared stepper motors (precise, measured movement down to millimeters/ sub-degrees), Marker holder for drawing, USB cable and ABS plastic construction, durable and suitable for drawing.
Racio is the future in music entertainment for competing with friends and strangers in the race to see who is the most knowledgable about music. The addicting game will have you playing for hours as you race the clock to choose the correct answer. Powered by Rovi, Mahery, Rdio and Intouch Solutions, Racio is sure to delight.
APIs used:
Rovi
Platforms used:
Web
Languages used:
JavaScript
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Coder Coupling
Honorable Mention
We are the dating solution for programmers. Find the perfect match for you and your lifestyle with our app. We identify matches based on programming preferences and auto generate date ideas based on what you are in the mood for.
APIs used:
Ypg
Languages used:
PHP
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Blast Best Buy
Honorable Mention
Basic first person shooter built with the Unreal Engine 4 and Best Buy Categories Mashery API. The game pulls in Best Buy product categories to use as targets. Upon destruction, the sub categories fall out in the shape of a miniature cow. Points are scored by picking up the mini cows, which is accompanied by sad mooing.
APIs used:
Bbyopen
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KwikER
Honorable Mention
KwikER is an app that allows you to check nearby ER wait times compared to travel time to determine which one you should go to for the fastest services.
APIs used:
TomTom
Languages used:
CSS, HTML, JavaScript
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R2DJ
Honorable Mention
Our app used the Rdio API to provide a jukebox for people at a party to DJ together. The Jambase API allows us to show party goers what upcoming concerts are playing in the area for the songs they are listening to.
APIs used:
Jambase
Languages used:
JavaScript
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