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HACKATHONS

At TechGarage we are always up for a good hackathon and 24 hours to get our geek on.

CODE4GOOD

TechGarage wins first prize

In 2015, TechGarage entered a team in the CODE4GOOD hackathon where problems of local non-profits were presented with the goal of developing a technology-based solution. The TechGarage team focused on the problem of streamlining food donations from restaurants and local caterers to local soup kitchens. The team consisting of high school students developed an app that could be used to take a picture of food to be donated with the quantity to notify pre-screened local soup kitchens. The local soup kitchen can claim the food donation and using GPS the food donor can track when the food will be picked up. The judges were impressed and awarded first prize to TechGarage the only high school team in the competition. The Quantum Foundation a sponsor of the Hackathon funded a six-month pilot to test the app in the community. At the end of the six-month pilot the primary food donors were catering companies who typically had prepared food to donate late at night when volunteers at local soup kitchens were not available to pick up.

At TechGarage we are always up for a good hackathon and 24 hours to get our geek on.

CODE4GOOD

TechGarage wins first prize

In 2015, TechGarage entered a team in the CODE4GOOD hackathon where problems of local non-profits were presented with the goal of developing a technology-based solution. The TechGarage team focused on the problem of streamlining food donations from restaurants and local caterers to local soup kitchens. The team consisting of high school students developed an app that could be used to take a picture of food to be donated with the quantity to notify pre-screened local soup kitchens. The local soup kitchen can claim the food donation and using GPS the food donor can track when the food will be picked up. The judges were impressed and awarded first prize to TechGarage the only high school team in the competition. The Quantum Foundation a sponsor of the Hackathon funded a six-month pilot to test the app in the community. At the end of the six-month pilot the primary food donors were catering companies who typically had prepared food to donate late at night when volunteers at local soup kitchens were not available to pick up.

eMerge America

TechGarage wins the 2017 eMerge America Hackathon

In 2017, TechGarage entered its top programmers in the eMerge America Hackathon http://emergeamericas.com/photos/hackathon-2017/as the only high school team competing against 170 other participants on 34 teams from South Florida. The TechGarage team won the eMerge Americas Hackathon with SmileMetrics a system that monitors in real-time the emotions of customers by integrating an embedded processor and 5 megapixel camera in a name tag worn by the customer service representative. The goal is to allow businesses to measure overall customer satisfaction in the hospitality industry with real-time customer metrics and the ability to resolve a negative customer experience before a review is posted for the world to see.

The team designed and 3D printed a name tag with an integrated raspberry PI W and camera that would detect a face using OpenCV and using the Kairos API determine if the customer was angry, disgust, fear, joy, sadness, surprise, age and gender. The emotion metrics are then sent to a server that can be used for reporting of how the customer service representative is interacting with the customers. The TechGarage team won the eMerge America Hackathon and was asked to present their project to the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Chairman of the Board and all cruise line presidents.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls8YvzqcadA

AI and IoT Hackathon

TechGarage takes top honors in the AI Hackathon

TechGarage entered a team into the AI and IoT Hackathon sponsored by Rokk3rLabs(http://www.rokk3rlabs.com/) and Visa. The team placed 2nd in the competition. With the theme of Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things the team set out to develop a SmartCart shopping experience. Using a Raspberry PI/Camera and a Matrix Creator board (https://creator.matrix.one) in 24 hours they did the CAD, build and software development that would automatically detect products being placed in shopping cart bags. Once detected the software would look up an ad or product for cross-promotion to enhance the shopper experience. If the customer placed spaghetti noodles in the cart then the display could show a coupon for Ragu sauce or when on the wine aisle suggest a bottle of wine. The possibilities are endless. Using the Matrix board which has a ZigBee and Zwave interface the cart can communicate with promotional lighting on the shelves and help customers find suggested items. The SmartCart knows the weight of each item placed in bags and using force sensors knows the weight of the bag. They implemented facial recognition to identify the shopper for quick checkout using the Visa API if the weight of the bags matches the expected weight of the items. They used Google TensorFlow for the deep learning/image recognition in streaming video running on Raspberry PI and impressive they got all of this working in 24 hours with no sleep.

https://youtu.be/BpQFGy2CGls
SmartCart Demo

Palm Beach Tech School Board Hackathon

TechGarage VR Team wins 4th place

We have an active program at TechGarage to develop VR games using Unity to create games to teach 5th and 8th grade science. The goal is to make learning fun for students who have trouble passing end of course exams in science. When Palm Beach Tech hosted a local hackathon to focus on IT problems of the Palm Beach County School Board we entered a team of 8th and 9th graders with a passion for VR. They worked hard and impressed the judges winning 4th place with a collection of games that teaches 5th and 8th grade science vocabulary and definitions.