Hack Manchester 2019 Winners
HackManchester winners 2019
This was our seventh year sponsoring HackManchester and the event keeps on getting better. The level of ingenuity, creativity and passion from each team was incredible and we were proud to have 23 teams enter our challenge.
In previous years, we had received some fantastic entries from teams for our light-hearted challenges, such as the silliest use of SMS. However, this year we wanted to make the most of the opportunity of having a room full of talented developers. We wanted to see how our technology could be used to support and improve peoples’ lives. As a result, our challenge was:
9.8% of adults in Greater Manchester have a long-term health condition or disability that significantly impairs their everyday lives (NHS Manchester).
Using our incredibly easy API, find a way that SMS can be used to improve the lives of people suffering with such conditions.
With 23 amazing entries for our challenge, our judges had a tough time deciding the winners. We’d like to congratulate and thank every team that entered our challenge.
The winner of our challenge was Sorted with their Mubli accessibility assistant. Team Sorted takes us through how Mubli can be used:
“When an event with a location is created on your calendar, Mubli will find the nearest train station and send an SMS with all of the required accessibility information. This includes whether the station has wide access ticket barriers, hearing aid loops and access ramps. If the station doesn’t have these, Mubli can recommend an alternative train station.”
A very innovative use of our SMS API! They really understood the power and various ways in which it could be used. We think this is a fantastic use of the SMS API and hope that it’s inspired others to use our products to help vulnerable people in the community.
Our runners up
This really was a tough competition, with our judges having 23 entries to review. With Mubli coming in first place, we can’t forget our runners up who created some fantastic uses of the Clockwork API.
Super Merge Conflicts
The team created an awesome fall detector that sends an SMS to a group of emergency contacts when a fall occurs. The emergency contact can then reply to let the rest of the group know they are on their way to help the person.
The incredibly intelligent ‘IBDetective’ algorithm predicts when ulcerative colitis sufferers will have periods of symptoms. The app will then send the person an SMS letting them know that they may experience symptoms, which will allow them sufficient time to find a toilet.
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the event!