Sheffield Hackathon Autumn 2016
We shrugged off the chills of autumn this year by sponsoring yet another friction-fueled hackathon. Nearly 200 people packed themselves into the University of Sheffield for an exciting showdown of data, innovation and pure nerve.
Co-sponsored by Amazon Alexa’s speech recognition technology, some of the early ideas ranged from self-generating playlists based on mood, to voice-activated calculators for developers. I can tell you now that it got very intense, very quickly!
In the end though, only a small handful of finalists made the cut.
The pitch-off started on Sunday afternoon, and compared to the last hackathon we sponsored, the atmosphere felt even tenser.
Notable submissions included:
Escape the llama and get a carrot!
The degree-finding robot, powered by Amazon Alexa!
The judges had a tough call to make. In the end though, we concluded that the “Best Use of Data” award should go to a team called Sentwee.
Sentwee developed a real-time sentiment analysis platform. The concept was to monitor live Twitter interactions to do with certain topics or organisations. This data could then be used to make well-timed strategic decisions based on the results found, to add a whole new level of customer understanding on a wider scale.