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425 hackers have filled the University of Texas at Austin’s Student Activity Center to code, hack and design their way into a new day, competing for over $10,000 in prizes.
They’ll race for second dinner(Schlotskys) at 11p.m., and snacks at midnight(Tiff’s Treats) Many will hit the 4 a.m. wall, but they will push on in a race to complete their hack before the 2 p.m. deadline
Mid-afternoon tomorrow they will present to a room full of their peers, with the best getting the chance to show off their work in front of all-star judges like Brett Hurt, Josh Baer, and Bob Metcalfe.
I will be liveblogging here all night, digging up the interesting stories, keeping you up to date on everything HackTX. If you catch a break and want to chat, ping me @davestanwick.
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Update 1:02 a.m. After a laptop replacement, now live again. Two minutes ago, Tiff’s Treats arrived!
Update 4:54 a.m. The 4 a.m. wall hitting some hard.
Meet Some Students and Their Hacks
Patrick Adiaheno, Juio Mandez and Sergio Escoto are working on Facebook CRM (name-in-progress), a way for companies to manage all customer communication in one place. With a facebook-like interface, their goal is to simplify the CRM on-boarding process, making it time-feasible for small company adoption.
The team first designed the user interface in Powerpoint and are writing it in python. Apiaheno said, “With not as many options, [Powerpoint] helps you focus on what matters most.” This is the first team I have seen designing in Powerpoint.
Jules Stuart and his team are connecting an arduino board with a quadcopter, providing improved stab-ability controls and, if time allows, remote controls via Playstation 3 controller.
30 minutes to bagels.
7 hours left to submit your hack.
One of the more interesting hacks I’ve come across is focused on the room reservation problem found in libraries and co-working spaces. Steve Lyons explained that his hack, Alert Meet, uses motion sensing to let you know when a reserved room is in fact empty and available.
Lyons is connecting a Raspberry Pi to motion sensors, and placing mice into model rooms he built overnight; the demo presentation will be exciting.
Entering a zombie-state, awaiting the cure: bagels and coffee. Those around are either awake and completely in the zone or out cold.
Sun’s up and, despite the many empty chairs, hackers in the building are coming back to life.
12.30 p.m. An hour and a half out. Crunch time. Teams continue to push strongly, working to get their hacks in before the 2.p.m. deadline.
1:03 p.m. 56 minutes to submit your hack. Submit it on the Hacker League page. https://www.hackerleague.org/hackathons/hacktx
2:01 p.m. Submissions closed. First round of presentations beginning at 2:30 p.m.