Hackathons are known to be breeding grounds for innovation. Often put on by an organization or university, these collaborative computer programming events are a great way to empower young entrepreneurs and thinkers alike.
What is a Hackathon?
A hackathon takes place over a set period of time, usually a weekend. During this time, teams set out to develop a solution to a problem in the form of a prototype that they will then pitch to whoever is hosting the hackathon. While primarily coders participate in these hacking marathons, people from all backgrounds including designers and marketers are encouraged to be involved during the software development process. Often many successful applications arise as a result!
Here are 6 recent hackathon innovations & startups:
E-Farm is a service that was developed at Be-Bound. It is online produce market that allows consumers to purchase directly from farmers. Shoppers can source food from multiple farms and get to know the story behind both the farmer and their farm before their order is delivered to their home.
StartTalking is an app that connects users with counselors, coaches and doctors. Originating out of Kansas City’s Hacking the Gigabit City event, users can send messages, video conference or participate in group sessions with their providers from anywhere anytime. The app is secure, affordable, and guarantees privacy.
PowerWells came out of a Techstars Startup Weekend. The service provides light and mobile phone charging from electronic waste and commercial solar panels to those in remote communities that don’t have access to electricity.
Piece of Mind
Piece of Mind is a wearable device for patients with Alzheimer or Dementia. Created during an Angelhack, the app allows caregivers to monitor a patient’s movements in real time and prevents loved ones from getting lost.
CropSafe is an online platform that was created during an Angelhack in Dublin. It works to predict impending diseases and crop contamination by surveying plots of land via satellite imagery and machine learning. The service even offers solutions to affected landowners.
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