The Power of Three: Dev9 joins T-Mobile and Amazon for Big Data Hackathon

Dev9 kicked off the weekend with a Big Data Hackathon in partnership with T-Mobile and Amazon. At T-Mobile’s Bellevue headquarters, we challenged Pacific Northwest techies of all skill levels to put their creativity, technology and teamwork skills to the test. Together, 120 developers – new and seasoned – created a demo or an app using open source technologies and big data to innovate the mobile customer experience.

Big Data Hackathon commenced on March 25 with an introduction from Dev9 CTO and Enterprise Account Director, Gabe Hicks and Vennessa Dirks. From there, well-fed and well-caffeinated developers spent close to eighteen hours generating and executing ideas. On Sunday, March 26, groups presented their demos to a panel of judges, including Dev9’s Senior Developer, Emily Marx.

Judges were presented demos by a diverse demographic of competitors – from high school seniors, to seasoned developers – making it a tough call! Check out the list of winners below, complete with project descriptions!

First Place: Hashmap
Recommends optimal hashtags and posting times using computer vision, geotagging and aggregated trending hashtags.

Second Place: NullCats Lifenet Automatically notifies close friends and family of an automobile accident using smartphone GPS and accelerometer data, and real time 911 call data.

Third Place: Hikeaway
Recommends skill-level appropriate hikes using trail data, self-reporting, and artificial intelligence.

A big thank you to our partners, T-Mobile and AWS, and to our participants! The Big Data Hackathon was a fantastic hit that brought out the best from Seattle’s tech community.