A match.com pairing shelter animals with their humans and a reward system to promote a "Walking City" were the big winners at a hackathon this weekend.
Hosted by Florida International University's School of Computing and Information Sciences, the Smart City Challenge Hackathon Miami asked challengers to develop applications that solved a social, economic, environmental or health problem. This event took place around the world, and in South Florida was open to all South Florida students, professional developers, urban hackers and domain experts. The theme was improving the lives of people living in South Florida.
Two teams from each of 20 cities worldwide will compete for a total of $9,000 in cash awards. Worldwide there were 184 projects developed. Read more here: http://www.global.datafest.net/projects.
The two winning teams of the #smartcityhack, representing Miami in the Global Awards held by @datafestnet are:
Pttr — Match.com for animals, shelters and animal lovers
Team Lead: Alastair Paragas — [email protected]
Pttr is a software-as-a-service web and mobile app platform that bridges the gap between stray animals, animal shelters and prospective individuals who either would like to adopt an animal or donate to a shelter. It is meant to combat the aging digital infrastructure (use of old desktop-based applications) and poorly integrated systems (lack of cross-platform and cloud infrastructure abilities) of various rescue organizations and animal shelters.
Team Lead: Claudio Romano — [email protected]
WalkingCity is the first reward-based walking community in Miam. You can now improve the city’s sustainability with each walk you make, and get rewarded with redeemable discounts, coupons and gifts that you can exchange in local business. By joining the walking community, you will save a significantly amount of money in gas, support the local environment and economy while getting rewarded for it. It’s very simple.
This is a group photo of all the event winners, including the TerraFly.com API Challenge and runners up.
-Information submitted by Steve Luis of FIU SCIS.