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Cisco Live Cancun 2015 - DevNet Hackathon

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From November 2nd through the evening until November 3rd, 2015 a collection of teams competed in a 24 hour continuous DevNet Hackathon at Cisco Live: Latin America in Cancun, Mexico.  Several Cisco IoT, Cloud, and Collaboration technologies were available for them to build new prototypes and explore game-changing concepts.  The participants rose to the challenge and created some truly inspiring solutions.

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The competition spawned a number of very interesting projects that used Cisco technologies from:

For example, the project team Eva-d used a sensor-equipped drone to take temperature, gas, and heat measurements to evaluate the risks in an area after a natural disaster and subsequently alert the local population using Cisco Tropo via the phone network. Another project was Pet-o-Matic.  This was a smart device for identifying and feeding pets using sensors to detect the presence of a pet and also using recognition technology to identify a specific pet with potentially custom feeding needs and access to food based on their diet.  All of this would be tracked through the pet owner’s mobile application.  Additionally, the hackathon was visited by Victor Lagunes, CIO of the office of the President of Mexico, who was impressed with the projects and showed interest in supporting their continued development.

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For the official judging process, there were four esteemed judges:

  • Dr. Arturo García, Innovation Director at Intel Mexico
  • Rigoberto Sáenz, New Technologies Director at BBVA Bancomer
  • Armando González, Engineering Director at Dimension Data
  • Juan Carlos Galván, Security and Cloud Solutions Manager at Ikusi

From their deliberation, they decided that the second place team was Kool Plant.  This project involved a smart greenhouse that sensed light, temperature, and humidity to automatically trigger actions like watering the plants, feeding them, or controlling fans to adjust their temperature/humidity.  Sensors connected to the controlling application used EIoT and Cisco IOx technology.  Kool Plant took home the $1500 prize for second place.

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And finally, the first place team was Thundercats with their project Facility Manager.  This team created an automated management system to monitor supplies and trash receptacles for venues such as convention centers, schools, hotels, and others. During the short 24 hours available, the team even developed sensor-enabled towel dispensers and trash cans using EIoT technology that were connected to the cloud and triggered notifications when they needed to be replenished or cleaned. The notifications were sent by SMS and phone using Cisco Tropo technology and all of this was presented using a dashboard wired together with the Cisco NextUI visualization library.  Congratulations to Thundercats who won $3000 for placing first.

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Beyond the winners, we would like to thank all of the participants in the event.  It was an excellent way to learn something new and great fun.

If you are interested in more details, please visit http://devnethackathonlatam.com for details on this event and to keep updated with future events, please visit http://hackathon.cisco.com.

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