This past weekend, myself and Anthony travelled to Boston for the LearnLaunch hackathon. Backed by LearnLaunchX and hosted at Coalition Boston, Pearson, Kayak, and co-sponsors ran a Travel and Education themed hackathon. After the initial pitches, the attendees broke off into nine teams of about 5 people. Everyone was super excited to get started. This felt like a different kind of hackathon. While there were many developers present, there were also lots of educators and business people. Many teams created sophisticated business plans, models, or sales projections. While there were nine impressive projects complete after 24 hours, a few stood out as exceptional in conception and execution. Three main prizes were awarded by the judges, while Popular Choice was chosen by a vote from all participants present. GeoSolve took home the Most Impactful prize. Designed for iPad, their application took images of maps and geography, and turned them into jigsaw puzzles laid on a digital faux tabletop. During gameplay, facts about geography scroll below the puzzle. The son of one of the team members took part in the demonstration. Once the puzzle was completed, he was quizzed on the facts he had seen already. This team was also the crowd favorite. Team Intrigue created Intrigue International, the Most Unique application. In the demo, you take the role of a secret agent, receiving a dossier with information about Italian culture, language, and landmarks. You then have to pick out the enemy agent and interrogate him, relying on the information in the dossier, to prevent him from assassinating an Italian politician. The Lords of Dogetown created a webapp called Roadtrip that earned them Best Overall. They creatively played back Google Streetview images like a movie, giving the illusion you were travelling the streets of Barcelona. Stopping at waypoints, you could take snapshots that get saved to an album, which is displayed at the end of the trip. While travelling, additional content is overlayed, narrating the trip with educational information. We were overjoyed to see such amazing works created in 24 hours, and wish them all the best; many teams were interested in continuing and deploying their projects! Hopefully they are released into the wild with the same success they met at LearnLaunch. Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations again to the winners! Thanks for reading! You can follow the team on Twitter @pearsonapi or me at @willllong.
Posted by Will Long | about 3 years ago