First a big thanks to our location, event, community, and API sponsors for supporting our 4th hackathon. We had a great turn out with about 45 developers creating over 17 projects! You can see all the submitted projects online on our challengepost website – hackregina.challengepost.com
Here’s our winners!
1st Place & People’s Choice - Barstar
A mobile app that uses crowd-sourced rankings on local bars and pubs to allow others to find out where the party is. Uses YellowAPI to get a list of nearby pubs, bars, and clubs.
2nd Place & Best PrDC App - Plan.Conf
3rd Place - GitClub
A web application that uses data from your GitHub profile’s commits to award experience points, which you can then use to pit yourself up against other contributors in a pokemon-style fight! Used the GitHub API.
Student Prize - Any Time Mail
Best Context.IO App - Inbox to SMS - Using Context.IO to allow users to receive email and respond via SMS messages
You can see some pictures from the event in our dropbox share.
Thanks to everyone who attended our hackathon and made the event a success! Hope to see you at our next event!
Hope you’re as excited as we are about tomororw’s HackREGINA event! Here’s a few reminders for the big day:
- Friday night we have a kick off party at Beer Brothers starting at 7 PM. The party is graciously sponsored by GB Internet Solutions – thanks to them, we’ll be enjoying free appetizers and one free drink per registered participant! It’s a great way to meet fellow hackers, find a team if you don’t already have one, meet sponsors, and exchange ideas.
- The event tomorrow is at the Terrace Building at Innovation Place (10 Research Drive, right beside the U of R). It’s the building with the big glass atrium in the front. We do have free parking, but it’s in Lot G which is a bit of a walk – we advise you park near the doors, unload your stuff, and then move your car.
- The doors open at 8:45 AM tomorrow, with the event starting at 9:00 AM sharp. We will be providing a continental breakfast with coffee and juice. There will also be pizza, salad, and ribs served at noon from Trifon’s.
- Make sure to bring: your laptop, your power adapter, your mobile device (if you’re making a mobile app), any additional cables you may need, a display adapter that outputs to VGA, a reusable cup for coffee and drinks, a power bar. Also, if you’re planning on using a particular platform or framework, feel free to set that up in advance – avoid having to install Visual Studio and ASP.NET during the first 4 hours of the event.
- The Wrap-up party will be right after the award ceremony in the same place as the hackathon, so stick around and get a chance to talk with other teams, judges, and sponsors. We will be providing some finger food and have a bar, with beer selling for $6. There’s an ATM in the building if you don’t have cash on you.
Our HackREGINA event this Saturday, September 28th will have 3 judges, helping us decide who the best teams and apps at the hackathon are. They’ll be judging on 5 different criteria:
- Technical Skill – How difficult was the implementation of the app?
- User Experience & Design – Is the app easy to use? Does it look like time was spent in its design?
- Business Idea – Would the app sell or get used in today’s marketplace?
- Presentation – How well did the team present the idea and themselves?
- Inspiration – Do you want to see this app finished and released so you can use it?
Your judges for HackREGINA Fall 2013 are:
Riley Nadoroznick – Business Development Manager, Canadian Youth Business Foundation
Riley has spent his entire career in the non-profit sector helping entrepreneurs transform their ideas into successful businesses. He has worked with many different start-ups from many different industries including software, construction, biotechnology, retail, and military vehicles. With experience in business planning, financial modeling, market research, and competitive analysis Riley is able to help guide entrepreneurs through the challenges of launching and growing their business. In his new position with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, Riley assists entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-39 acquire two things they all need – money and mentorship.
Dr. Chris Street – Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Hill School of Business, University of Regina
Dr. Chris Street is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Hill School of Business, University of Regina, where he has been since 2009. Dr. Street received his PhD in Management at Queen’s University in 2006 and prior to coming to the U of R, he was an Assistant Professor in MIS at the University of Manitoba. Professor Street’s teaching and research focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation, and negotiation and conflict resolution. Dr. Street’s primary interests center around understanding how and why established organizations develop new ways of doing things as well as how measurement systems are created and used to provide critical feedback on the innovation process.
Eden Rohatensky is a web developer, an interface designer, and a cat lover. She’s passionate about making great user experiences and building cool things – and is currently doing both at GasBuddy. She is the chapter lead for Girl Geek Dinners in Regina, as well as an organizer of various community events in Saskatchewan.
This event we have a number of companies offering prizes for our hackathon on September 28th. Here’s a list of some of the prizes we’ll be awarding
Pluralsight will be offering an Annual Plus 1-year subscription to their online developer training library of over 600 video courses, worth $499. In addition, we’ve got a bunch of Pluralsight swag and 1-week trials to hand out at the event.
CartoDB is a cloud computing platform that provides GIS and web mapping tools in a browser. CartoDB will be offering a 6 month John Snow commercial plan to one lucky HackREGINA team.
Prairie Dev Con is the prairie’s premier software developer and IT pro conference. This HackREGINA, they’ll be offering up to 3 conference passes for the team who makes the best Prairie Dev Con app for their upcoming conference in Saskatoon, November 4th & 5th.
First off, a big thanks to all our sponsors. Without these guys we wouldn’ t be hacking this weekend!
Remember to check out the Kickoff party this Friday starting at 7 PM, brought to you by GB Internet Solutions. The kickoff party is a great way to meet your fellow hackers, possibly form a team, and shake hands with local sponsors.
Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for – our list of APIs for our event this Saturday, September 28th
HackREGINA Fall 2013 APIs
GasBuddy API - GasBuddy.com is the leading source for local gas price information for North America. The GasBuddy API will allow you to search local gas prices by geo location, city, zip code or postal code. There will also be access to detailed station information. The API is implemented using HTTP and JSON.
Documentation and examples will be provided at the event.
YellowAPI - YellowAPI (also known as the Yellow Pages API) is the go-to resource for location-based applications. Our curated local search API is built off of the strength of the Yellow Pages database of over 1.5 million geo-localized business listings and associated rich content. Not only is it free, but we offer ways for you to make money fast. We provide the tools, you provide the ideas and the talent.
To check out the YellowAPI Documentation and sign up for a developer key, go to http://www.yellowapi.com/
GitHub API – The GitHub API provides access to notifications, gists, git data, issue tracking, and more for both public and private repos hosted in GitHub. To explore the API and get more information on it’s capabilities, check out developer.github.com
Context.IO - Context.IO is a REST email API that makes it easy and fast to integrate your user’s email data in your application. Context.IO takes care of synching email data for your app so you don’t have to build, scale and maintain this infrastructure yourself. Focus on what’s unique to your business, we’ll manage the technical details of integrating with arcane email server protocols.
City of Regina Data Portal - The City of Regina is pleased to provide a number of data sets for developers to explore and use for HackREGINA. This data should provide the opportunity to create applications limited only by an imagination. The City’s data sets will provide location and descriptive information for the City of Regina’s geographic features (recreation, schools, roads, landuse, political and community boundaries), as well as cemetery data, waste disposal, transit and more.
Check out the City of Regina’s Open Data Site at http://openregina.cloudapp.net/
Prairie Dev Con Data - We’re putting our own API up as an option for developers to consider. Whoever builds the best Prairie Dev Con based app will receive free passes to the November event in Saskatoon (up to a group of 3)!
eHealth Data - For the purpose of this event, eHealth is providing a number of data sets for developers to work with that include health care facility data, covered population data, service access data, geospatial and other system-related data. The potential for generating apps that target improved awareness for patients, ability to collect data, and share information securely is endless. All information provided is de-identified and does not include any personal information as defined under The Health Information Privacy Protection Act (HIPA) or The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP).
The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is here to help you realize your dreams of entrepreneurship.
We provide young entrepreneurs aged 18-39 with:
- Start-up resources for perfecting your business plan;
- Mentoring – we hand-match you with a mentor in your community;
- Financing of up to $45,000;
- Expertise and Resources to help you get connected and grow a successful business.
CYBF understands young and emerging entrepreneurs, and we have been working together to help increase their chances of success since 1996. Our innovative and flexible services are designed to address the common challenges entrepreneurs may face in the early stages, and we provide the vital support and guidance needed for long-term success.
Prairie Dev Con is coming back to Saskatchewan November 4 – 5! This time we’re bringing the conference to Saskatoon, but we haven’t forgot about Regina and we’re proud to be a sponsor of HackREGINA again!
Not only that, we’re putting our own API up as an option for developers to consider. Whoever builds the best Prairie Dev Con based app will receive free passes to the November event in Saskatoon (up to a group of 3)!
Some ideas for Prairie Dev Con Apps:
Whether you code against our API or another, Prairie Dev Con hopes you have a great HackREGINA!
For information about our Saskatoon event, check out our site: www.prairiedevcon.com
This event’s kickoff party will be hosted by GB Internet Solutions. GB is proud parents to GasBuddy.com and OpenStoreLoyalty.com, and while they don’t like to play favorites, the GasBuddy app has over 30 million downloads! Check out opportunites to work with GB on their careers page.
The HackREGINA kickoff party will be Friday, September 27th starting at 7 PM in the private room at Beer Brothers, on Scarth Street. Our kickoff party is a great opportunity to network with other participants, sponsors, and judges before everyone gets serious at the event the next day. There’s a few reasons you’ll want to come:
- Stickers! – We’ll be making some of the stickers we’ve received over the last few events available to anyone who wants them. Your laptop can finally be complete with its own Octocat sticker!
- Vendor Loot! – Speaking of which, we’ve got some extra goodies to hand out at the party. We’ll try to think up some creative games so people can win t-shirts and other prizes
- Free Food! – Snacks will be provided for everyone. Beer Brothers makes a killer party platter.
- Free Beer! – A free drink will be supplied to everyone who shows up thanks to our good friends at GB.
- Networking! – Hang out with other participants, our event sponsors, and perhaps even some judges. I hear the judges enjoy free drinks
See you there!
eHealth Saskatchewan is responsible for developing and implementing the Electronic Health Record (EHR) for Saskatchewan as well as coordinating, implementing and maintaining key electronic health information systems in many public health care organizations. eHealth’s mandate includes management of system use and patient data, aggregate statistical data, geospatial data and more.
For the purpose of this event, eHealth is providing a number of data sets for developers to work with that include health care facility data, covered population data, service access data, geospatial and other system-related data. The potential for generating apps that target improved awareness for patients, ability to collect data, and share information securely is endless. All information provided is de-identified and does not include any personal information as defined under The Health Information Privacy Protection Act (HIPA) or The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP).
For more information on eHealth Saskatchewan, check out their website
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