Last weekend (July 12th - 13th), Seattle Wearables Hackathon drew around 100 hackers, designers, developers and business people to the WeWork co-working space in the South Lake Union district of Seattle to hack together “The Next Big Thing” in wearable technology.
Multiple members of the local hardware startup community including representatives and employees from Intel, Madrona Venture Group, Amazon, Microsoft, Expedia, Boeing and ITT were present to provide guidance and coaching to developers on technical and business problems. Sponsors included Mashery (an Intel company), PayPal + Braintree, Strata Conference, Hadoop World and O’Reilly Media.
Seattle Wearables Hackathon was the result of planning and collaboration between several local Seattle Meetups and groups including Seattle Hackathons, Internet of *, BeMyApp, Hack Things, Seattle Mobile Developers and SEAWear.
Below are a few select images, view the full gallery here.
Here is how it all went down.
On day 1, the event kicked off with a rousing welcome by event organizers Hakon Verespej and Alex Day.
Next up, participants heard pitches from Mashery and PayPal API. In the above picture yours truly explains how Mashery APIs like MapMyFitness can be used to create compelling fitness-related projects using wearable technology.
Justin Woo from PayPal demonstrated a fascinating integration for charging people for petting his dog (and the benefits of PayPal’s payment services and APIs).
A number of ideas and concepts were then pitched to the audience ranging from VR, augmented reality, wearable gloves and more.
Once the pitches were done, teams formed and the next two days were spent collaborating on a variety of technical projects in WeWork’s main open area.
Jigsaw Renaissance brought a hardware supply table to lend developers needed components for their projects. Above, Jigsaw representative Budi Mulyo explaining the finer points of capacitors to Joshua McBroom of Seattle Startup Weekend.
Michael Strand of General UI built a wearable hat hack involving temperature sensors. Below are an assortment of other interesting projects underway.
Finally, after a long night of hacking and a few last minute tweaks, the teams presented their finished prototypes.
First up, Team oneFLEX consisting of Noah Shutty, Josh Rohas and Alex Day present their wearable glove and connected mobile phone solution leveraging Mashery’s ESPN and Rotten Tomatoes APIs.
Mike Strand showing off his magic hat.
Team PeePee consisting of Troy Anderson, Desiree Salgado and Fernando Hernandez (www.peepeealert.com) demonstrate a solution for triggering alerts when a diaper becomes wet. They ultimately won Pebble watches from PayPal for their use of the PayPal API.
Ruby and Oliver from Team Flippin’ Awesome demonstrate a glove-controlled 3D printed car.
Finally, judges from PayPal and Mashery convened to discuss prizes to award for best use of Mashery and PayPal APIs.
Team Carify including Amyr Haq, Catherine Hubert and Jenny Chuan took home a Basis fitness tracker for their integration of Mashery API Edmunds.
Team oneFLEX consisting of Noah Shutty, Josh Rojas and Alex Day took home a Basis fitness band for their integrations of the ESPN and Rotten Tomatoes APIs.
Overall this was a fantastic event, it was highly rewarding and inspirational to see the enthusiasm and talent available in the Seattle area for wearable tech! Looking forward to many future events.