The Results from Hack4Colorado

Winners & Project Descriptions from Hack4Colorado

Nearly 100 hackers came to this weekend-long event and created 18 teams across 6 themes, scored by 10 judges, awarded $17,300 in cash and over $2700 in raffles, while 100 onlookers from government, sponsors, education and general public were inspired.

The results of this weekend’s Hack4Colorado were cool and surprising! We had a developer mentoring a 14 year old, a music teacher and former CEO of the Colorado Symphony recruit a team to develop an app for elementary music students, the first day (or three) on the job for a group of ReadyTalk interns, a developer who had no previous experience with Ruby on Rails but developed an incredible app, and an hands-on interview for a potential SendGrid developer evangelist. Everyone was a winner in one way or another. We heard things like ‘this was the best hackathon I have ever attended!’ ‘I met so many cool people!’ (More on these incredible stories later). The below descriptions were created by participating Hack4Colorado teams.

Tutorgrape
Education Track Winner, Best use of FullContact API
“Tutorgrape is a web-based responsive application that is meant to connect people in their cities and neighborhoods who want to learn or help others learn more and/or understand concepts they are learning fully and provide a space in which these people can interact in – quickly, clearly and safely.”
Web app demo: http:tutorgrape.herokuapp.com

Trail Safe
Health & Fitness Track Winner
“Trail Safe is an application which makes your hiking activities safe. When you start your hike, you estimate your travel time. When you fail to meet your check-in time, Trail Safe will contact you, your emergency contact, Park Rangers, and hikers in the area.”
Video demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXXEA8V_1DQ

Poll-o-Tron
Open Government Track Winner
“Allow simpler polling methods for topics based on already existing public opinion data. Use twitter to search for “polling” data to determine emotional perception of the public towards topics. Plan is to start with explicit hashtag searching, then expand to generalized queries with the AlchemyAPI’s. Once this has been established, we intend to present data in a map format for easier evaluation.”
Web demo: http://limitless-caverns-1143.herokuapp.com

Grubb.io
Sustainability Track Winner
“A marketplace that connects producers and consumers of locally sourced food. Allows organic farmers to locate and target their businesses through zoning and demographic information. Allows consumers of locally sourced food to locate their meals from local organic farmers.”
Web demo: http://grubbio.herokuapp.com

DeVice
Tourism Track Winner, Best In Show
“De-Vice is an app which provides critical guidance to participants and tourists interested in the craft industries of Colorado such as craft brewing, coffee roasters and retailers, small batch distilleries and recreational Marijuana stores. Guests to the state and even some of the residents may be unclear about the unique conditions required to participate safely. A primary goal is to have as many participants enjoy Colorado safely and inside the boundaries of the law, where ever they are in the state.”
Demo: http://192.232.237.152/~viceco/http://vicecolorado.com

Sponsor Winners:
Best use of iTriage API: Am I Healthy
Best use of ESRI API: DeVice and Tutorgrape
Best use of AlchemyAPI and SendGrid API: Great Cat Detective
Best use of FullContact API: Tutorgrape

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