The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC) announced the winners of its eighth edition of code::XtremeApps::: Hackathon on Tuesday (August 5, 2014).
This 24-hour hackathon is part of IDA's and ITSC's initiatives to create greater hands-on awareness in technology, and encourage the development of computational thinking in young tech talents; which are essential skills needed to help shape Singapore to be the world's first Smart Nation.
With the theme "Smart Living - Using Data To Enrich Communities", this year's hackathon saw a record turnout of over 250 participants making up 101 teams across its Open (all ages and backgrounds) and Junior (12 years and below) categories.
In the Open category, participants used open-source hardware such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino Uno to create a unique application. As for the Junior category, participants were given three hours to build and share their favourite story about Singapore using Chibitronics, a set of programmable electronic circuit stickers.
With the aim of introducing the use of open data, participants were also encouraged to use government datasets available from data.gov.sg, OneMap.sg, and other government agencies to develop comprehensive solutions that harnessed data and its subsequent analysis. An additional cash prize of S$1,000 and S$500 was awarded for the Open and Junior categories respectively, for the most innovative use of government data.
This year's grand prize of S$9,000 went to team Tria Artifex, which comprised of Wong Wai Tuck, Kong Yu Jian and Clarence Ngoh Peng Yu. The trio created BlackBox, a car crash detection system that shaves precious minutes off emergency response time in the event of an accident.
BlackBox immediately signals for emergency responders upon detecting a genuine crash and activates a live camera feed to assess the condition of the driver. The device also sends data and alerts the nearest hospital with the driver's pre-registered vital medical details such as blood type, allergies and medical history to ensure a hospital is ready for a patient even before they are rushed through its emergency doors. For the innovative use of incorporating road and traffic data from the Land Transport Authority (LTA), Tria Artifex was also awarded the data.gov.sg prize.
On the other hand, team Austen earned second place for their solution to map wheelchair-friendly routes in Singapore; whereas the third place goes to team RGIS for their GuidePi system which helps make public buses more accessible for the visually impaired. Team Austen and RGIS went home with S$6,000 and S$3,000 respectively.
In the Junior category, brother-sister team Ong Suet Myn and Ong Shueh Tze, won the first prize, winning a LEGO Mindstorm set and 3D printing pen each. The siblings created a Merlion on the back of a T-shirt using plastic spoons and Chibitronics circuit stickers. They developed a colour scheme that corresponded to the various races in Singapore, highlighting Singapore's multiculturalism as their favourite part of Singapore.
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