On Friday 13th March the TSSG hosted an open invite hackathon for the OPENi project. The hackathon had a grand prize of €300 worth of Amazon Web Services which was awarded for the best OPENi enabled application created within the 8 hours of coding. The applications were judged on their originality, privacy awareness, and their use of the OPENi Platform.
Many teams attended the OPENi hackathon however one of them was excluded from the competition proper. The team in question is part of a commercialization project within TSSG that utilises the OPENi platform. The judges thought that this gave them an unfair advantage, which is why their excellent fitness application was excluded.
There was a good balance of technologies from the remaining competitors. In the end there could be only one winner and the winning application on the day came from a pair of 4th year Applied Computing students from Waterford Institute of Technology.
Close second was an application that used the OPENi Android SDK to create an application that allows a user to store their images within their OPENi Cloudlet. Once logged into the application using OPENi credentials a user could choose to view the images from their Cloudlet or take new images to upload. When viewing their images the application would retrieve a list of images from the users Cloudlet and as the user moved through the images the application would download the images from the list.
Overall it was a very successful day and a fantastic way to end a busy week that also included an OPENi plenary meeting and a platform workshop. The teams did a tremendous job creating their applications in the short timeframe and everyone involved enjoyed the pizza lunch and the inspirational music from the Spotify playlist that accompanied the teams throughout the day.