Act-On’s first annual “Gamify Green for Good Hackathon drew talented coders with exciting, innovative green ideas. After a day spent working and networking, winners were chosen and prizes awarded:
$200 donation to a nonprofit: Act-On is donating $200 to a non-profit organization chosen by the participants. The winning non profit was Code Scouts, an organization that focuses on helping women learn software development.
Winner of the Brewvana Brewery Tour: the GoCo team of Patti Lavallee, Phillip Pham, Patrick Phaneuf, and James Lee.
GoCo is all about making smarter commuting choices GoCo helps you plan your commute by displaying alternatives and parameters for a route, and showing you exactly what the trade off is in terms of money spent, calories not burned, and missed opportunities to reduce your carbon footprint. It also shows you what others are doing, just to add a little peer pressure. The team is also working on a built-in rewards engine and daily morning reminders to keep you on track and motivated.
Winner of the $200 cash prize: The Challenge Online Hackathon team of Jackson Gariety and Colby Aley. The Challenge is an online “virtual hackathon” — a competition for hackers of all sorts, regardless of language. Each week a new challenge is featured. After the weekly submission period ends, participants vote on each others’ projects. Winners get prizes.
Winner of a Growler and five free Growler fills: The TrashSort team of one, Brian Hendrickson. TrashSort is a Google Glass or mobile app that uses image recognition to help anyone to quickly sort trash items into the correct recycle bin they should be sorted into (e.g., compost, trash, metal, cans, plastics).
Winner of a Growler and five free Growler fills: The Urban Farmer team of one, Tomer Meshorer. The Urban Farmer application helps city-based farmers plan and sell excess crops. This project was built on Windows 8.
Winner of a Growler and five free Growler fills: The multilingual storybook for Windows Phone 8 team of one, Kelly White. Kelly started from visual assets and audio files. He ended up with an app that works in Windows Metro mode, where you can buy and listen to fairy tales.
If this looks like fun to you (and we assure you it is…a whole day of fabulous food, crafty beer and creative coding), consider joining us for our next Act-On “Gamify Green for Good” Hackathon.