A group of innovative minds came together to create some unique solutions to real-world problems at the three day Ideas2Prototype IoT Hackathon organized by Vserv along with MediaTek Labs on November 20. Internet of Things or IoT, promises a world of possibilities where a lot of day to day challenges can be solved through smart, connected technology. The hackathon was aimed at exploring some of these solutions that can be applied across verticals such as DTH & Broadcasting, Retail/Home Automation, M-commerce and Gaming.
Nine teams participated in the event: HackJack, MSTREAM, The Justice League, magic3, Disha, VAAU and Al-Fayda.
Day Zero started off with the Learnathon which had Ashish Bedekar, Head – MediaTek Labs India, talking about the next wave of IoT opportunities that developers can expect in the coming days. The teams were then provided the IoT kits to work with and given detailed information about what the kits included and how the kit could be used. The teams were also introduced to their mentors who would guide them during the hackathon, helping them take their IoT idea to prototype.
Day One was all about getting started with the hackathon. The teams presented their ideas before the mentors, who then in turn advised them on how these ideas could be tweaked, what was feasible within the technology that the IoT kit provided and how they need to plan the development of their IoT prototype. From here on, the teams started working on full throttle to develop their ideas into working prototypes, going into Day Two, where they would be demonstrating their prototypes at the end of the day. What was interesting to see was the end result: the teams had come up with some fascinating IoT proof of concepts that when put into use, could solve many real world challenges.
In the end, it was Team Disha who was declared the winner of the IoT Hackathon. Team Disha's concept was an IoT device that would act as an navigational aid to people suffering from Dementia. The device which was based on geo-fencing principles would enable persons suffering from the disease to make it back home safely, if they forgot directions. The ability to solve a critical real world problem through a novel approach won the team's prototype top points from all mentors. Team Justice League's innovative idea saw them coming in as the first runner up while MSTREAM was the second runner up with their IoT prototype.
For a peek into how the three days went down at the Ideas2Prototype Hackathon click here