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UHack – and the winners are…

By Oscar Sanchez

UHACKlogoUHack (http://uhack.us) was a free 24-hour hackathon taking place Feb. 23-24 at the University of Miami’s University Center. UHack was aimed at students (all students weew invited – not just UM students) who are interested in app development and want a way to showcase their efforts.

Our four judges: Demian Bellumio, Jose Hernandez-Solaun, John Bullard, and Neeraj Singh were incredibly supportive and the right judges for this event. They made great decisions when naming the following the winners.

The winners were:

Grand Prize: winner of $1,500, Free Year memberships to CodeSchool, 3 months of co-working space at LAB Miami, and an optional entrance to an accelerator program with the LAB Miami to gain mentorship and possibly pursue a possible business.

  • SoundCompass-- A music discovery iOS app in which you can search for music local to a city (i.e. artists originated there or near there) by genres.
    • Lauren Ramgattie
    • Matt Ragonese
    • Sharif Ahmed
    • Sean Wilkinson
  • All UM students (juniors or seniors)
  • This team ALSO won:
    • Best use of Senzari's API - They were able to create curated playlists based on Senzari's recommendations and streaming capabilities with 7 Digital. (iPad)
    • Best use of Miami Beach API - If you allow user location to be enabled, they can recommend certain events in the Miami Beach area for you based on music likes. ($300)

Second Place: winner of $750, free year membership to CodeSchool, and 1 month of co-working space at LAB Miami.

  • UTrax-- A mix of the 8Tracks music playlist program and Senzari API for curating recommendations for users. This is a windows 8 app.
    • Tom Caldwell (UM Senior)

Third Place: winner of $500, free year membership to CodeSchool, and 1 month of co-working space at LAB Miami.

  • Force Beats -- 3 non-programmers chose to work on something they know and enjoy: hardware! They brought breadboards, arduinos, copper wires and more to create a music instrument combining piano and guitar sounds with motion sensors.
    • Andrew Rodriguez
    • Miguel Caldera
    • Joseph Socarras

Fourth Place (chosen by the audience): Winner of $250

  • Nullinator - Joke apps. 1 creates a plaid shirt design based on the sound waves of a song. Another replaces your face in a video with that of Nicholas Cage. A crowd pleaser.
    • Jordan Reimers

Honorable Mention (announced on the spot by the judges): Winner of a free month of co-working space at LAB Miami and a swag-bag by Miami TekFight

 Leap Music--- Use motion detection to control audio files. Speed up the song by moving closer to the sensor or distort the bass by waving your hand from side to side. Become a dj by having fun.

  • Colin Francis
    • Adam Orshan
    • Thomas Cooper
    • Rob Rankin
    • Ash Sampath

Best of use Microsoft Technology: Winner of an XBox360 and copies of Halo 4

  • Pixel Book- - Create beautiful pixel art used in video games, videos, and comic books by using a simple to control canvas. You can even create animations by drawing different frames and connecting them together.
    • Andy Mok
    • Daniel Gonzalez
    • Fang Zheng

Best use of SendGrid: Winner of a Sphero Ball

  • Miami Buzz -- Using a large database of events taking place in Miami, go the extra mile and keep connections, have users sign up, and be able to send important notification emails to registrants to events.
    • Chris Knowles