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The Hackfest returned to San Francisco at the beginning of this month for 2 days of hard-core coding with a range of exciting APIs and SDKs to play with. After coding all day at the Moscone Center West on day one, hackers continued working on their projects at the official networking party and beyond - with some attendees getting only a few hours sleep as they worked on their creations ready for the day two presentations.
For more details on the event see Gracenote's Developer Blog here.
Learn.TV took the top title at TV Hackfest 2014 in San Francisco this year with a winning app that, in essence, was simple but effective, capturing the jury with an almost unanimous vote. Using the Gracenote, zeebox and Enyo APIs, the team, in less than two days, built an app for parents to control and gamify their children’s TV by allowing them to build a profile of the kids then giving them a balance (credits) for them to watch TV while pushing them to earn more credits by completing educational tasks to gain more TV watching time.
Joaquin Delgado Ph.D. - Head Of Ad Tech and Engineering at Intel Media headed the team and explained the essence of the application in their short pitch:
- Kids have a balance to play games or watch something
- So when they pick on his show, he does not have enough coins
- So he has to go back and earn the coins
- Going through a series of education material earns coins/badges
- Allows child to then view the material
- Account balance goes up after that
In the backend, parents can see what the children have done and also they may add things to their watch list. The question answered was... Is TV smart?
- Doctors say no
- Kids should not see more than 2 hours of TV per day
- Should be about a half hour a day
- Solution is edutainment
Our panel of judges, which included experts from Disney, American Airlines, Mitsubishi and 2013 reigning champions, Reincloud, were impressed with all of the submissions and the high quality of entries given the time constraints. Some of the highlights included entries that combined APIs, and brought in other technologies such as augmented reality and Google Glass.
Here’s a list of this year’s winners and their prizes:
Overall TV Hackfest winner:
Overall Apps Hackfest winner:
Winners of best use of Nexmo APIs:
Winners of best productivity app using the Nexmo API:
Android Back up
Winner of best ‘Bitcasa it’ app:
Android Back up
Winner of best entry for NDEV’s brief:
Winner of best built app with Enyo:
Winner of best entry for LG brief:
Smart TV Alliance:
Winner of best entry to Smart TV Alliance brief:
Up and Down
Winner of best entry for Alphonso brief:
Winners of most innovative use of Zencoder API and most amazing use of video.js:
Winners of best response to the Gracenote brief:
TV through the looking glass
Gracenote Powered 3D
Winner of best use of Zeebox APIs:
Congratulations to all our winners, we’ll be catching up with them over the next year on their Hackfest experiences and what has happened to their projects since winning. Find out about more about Hackfest and upcoming hackathons here.
There was also this futuristic mashup of TV Listing data with a Leap Motion sensor.