On October 11th 2014 we were very proud to run our first ever Hackathon. Teaming up with the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Womens Hackathon, Black Girls Code and Coder Dojo – we had a brilliant day of hacking in both London and Silicon Valley.
We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part. Our fantastic winners were…
Disaster Now is a multiplayer real time strategy game sponsored by direct relief. This cross-platform browser-based HTML5 game was specially conceptualised to help communities understand and explore the complexities of global disaster response. The game allows multiple players to fulfil different goals while collaborating in real time with constrained views of the situation. Awareness if raised by engaging the users into a real life simulated experience. The game consists of 4 levels, from pre-disaster preparation to response in the weeks following one catastrophe…
Players can take the role of volunteer (operations), NGO (tactical) or government (strategy).
The Travelling Climatologist is a game in which children can visit different locations, host to events that are either causes or consequences of climate change. Kids assess events based on images, explanations and climate wizard data, and earn points and stars as they advance. A record is kept in a travelling passport which encourages exploration while understanding the relationships between climate change events.
But we can’t forget a special mention to our runners up: Sonify, Climapi and Mission Aid.
Then in Silicon Valley…
Disaster Response Challenge
Winner: Be Prepared
The team came up with a web-based game that helps simulate where to go in a disaster. The game simulates a zombie attack wiping out population across the world, but set in real-life locations. The game use Google maps for relevant information and included icons for key elements: Food, Water, Shelter, Escape Routes, etc. In a set amount of time, you have to seek out and complete tasks related to the key elements of survival. In addition, you can click on the title in each task to get real information on the importance of this element in a disaster. There is a multiplayer option with expansions including global-play and AR integration.
Black Girls Code Challenge
Winner: Ninja Coders
The team came up with an Android app that addressed the challenges of connecting students with each other and connecting students to volunteers. A student user would go through a small quiz to select their interests and get a fun title and then are paired with students with similar likes/interests and title. From a volunteer perspective, they are able to view classes and see what profiles are in a class, pairing them with a class that they can lead most effectively. It also allows them to connect with students via security-enabled social media (Facebook/Twitter/etc.) and allow them to arrange meet-ups for their classes.
CoderDojo Silicon Valley Challenge
Winner: Team Circuit
The team came up with a web-based game where there is a runner on a circuit board. The challenge is to make the runner complete the circuit. This game addresses a challenge that many students do not have access to learn about the hardware components of a computer and circuit boards: transistors, capacitors, and LEDs. The resisters in the game impede the player (they lose steps & points). It was set up as two player game where two players can complete the circuit together. The technical difficulty was increased exponentially, however, because they enabled the players, once they have completed the circuit, to send the completed circuit to a printer using conductive/electronic ink to print out real-life working circuit.
We had a blast – but if you missed it you can check out all the photos and videos on our Facebook page.