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HackREGINA Spring 2014 Winners!

First a big thanks to our location, event, community, and API sponsors for supporting our 5th hackathon.  We had a great turn out with about 20 developers creating 8 projects!  You can see all the submitted projects online on our challengepost website – hackreginaspring2014.challengepost.com

Here’s our winners!

1st Place – Commtivity

Commtivity is a web application that allows you to post activities for others to join.  If you’re playing soccer in the park, post it on the site – Commtivity will let other subscribers in the area know via text message that there’s a game to join.

APIs used: Windows Azure, Twilio

 

2nd Place, People’s Choice – SafeStation

SafeStation correlates the location of gas stations in Regina with neighbourhood crime data to present a list of the most and least safe gas stations to fill up at in Regina.

APIs Used: GasBuddy API, Regina Police Service Community Crime Data

 

3rd Place – Plan Ahead

Use the PlanAhead web app on your desktop or mobile device to determine the best gas stations to fill up at along your road trip.

APIs used: GasBuddy API

 

 

 

Student Prize – Witty Bot

Witty Bot uses an Arduino, an android phone, and the Wit API to send voice commands to a motorized bot that can move forward, move backwards, and fetch you a beer.

APIs used: Wit API

17 Mar 2014, 10:55am
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HackREGINA Spring 2014 Tomorrow!

Hi everyone!

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 Slow Food Pub 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.

Any other questions? Check our FAQ or send us an e-mail

14 Mar 2014, 10:46am
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HackREGINA Spring 2014 Prize Sponsor

In addition to some great cash prizes, we’ll also be including prizes from the following companies:

Rdio – 5 1-Year Unlimited Subscriptions

Build millions of songs into your application with the Rdio API. Get
started quickly with our Web Playback API, iOS SDK or Android SDK.
http://www.rdio.com/developers/

 

It’s not too late to register for the March 15th event!

13 Mar 2014, 10:15am
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HackREGINA Spring 2014 Judges

Here’s your judges for our March 15th event!

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.

Dr. David Gerhard, Associate Professsor, Department of Computer Science, University of Regina
Dr. Gerhard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and an associate member in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Regina. He is deeply involved in the  Saskatchewan tech community: co-founding CrashBang Labs (the local hackerspace); acting as a judge at hackathons and startup festivals; giving seminars to local businesses and organizations, and creating new courses at the University of Regina in response to changes in technology. He is also co-founder of Shiverware, a small business that makes mobile apps. He is regularly interviewed by local radio and television, as well as CBC radio national syndication, on issues of technology and society, and he produced the Ideas documentary on the rise of 3D printing: The Future Will Be Extruded (2013).

Eden Rohatensky – Regina Chapter Lead, Girl Geek Dinners and Ladies Learning Code

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.

12 Mar 2014, 11:34am
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HackREGINA Spring 2014 Kickoff Party!

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, March 14th starting at 7 PM at Slow Food Pub on Albert St.  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 Twilio 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.
  • 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!

11 Mar 2014, 10:27am
HackRegina
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HackREGINA Spring 2014 APIs

Happy Monday!  Here’s our list of API sponsors for our upcoming March 15th event – but first, a big thanks to our location, event, and community sponsors!

Location Sponsor

Event Sponsors

   

Community Sponsors

 

Spring 2014 Sponsoring 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 theYellowPages.ca database of over 1.5 million geo-coded Canadian business listings and associated rich content. We provide the tools, you provide the ideas and the talent. It is also free to use.

The Places API allows you to stream top Canadian local search content into your applications. Using our database of over 1.5 million geo-coded business listings and associated rich content, you can deliver the best data to your users without the need for your own directory. It is easy to use and extremely powerful. The Deals API beta provides the best content from the largest deals and coupons database in Canada, powered by RedFlagDeals.com

To check out the YellowAPI Documentation and sign up for a developer key, go to http://www.yellowapi.com/

 

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).

 

Cashtie API - The Cashtie API links retail POS payments to software applications. Cashtie is an InComm product and InComm is connected to the POS of some of the largest retailers in the world, including WalMart, Target, BestBuy, CVS, Couche-Tard and many more. Cashtie is used to enable bill payments of i.e. utility bills at a retailers cash register. The cashier scans a barcode for the transaction, just like they scan a barcode on a carton of milk, the consumer pays and done. Cashtie can be used as well to provide a cash payment option at retail for online ecommerce transactions or to sell digital content like movie rentals, music or digital magazines in a brick and mortar retail store, using the Cashtie barcode as a line item in the consumers retail transaction and based on payment received at the cash register deliver the digital content. Cashtie sends real time confirmation via web hooks once a payment is made at a cash register. Payments can be made with all types of tender methods, cash, credit card or debit card – depending on the retailers settings.

Sign up for a Cashtie API account here

 

Twilio API – Twilio brings voice and messaging to your web and mobile applications.  The Twilio API provides access to make and receive phone calls, send and receive SMS, manage phone conferences, manage caller queues, and record and transcribe phone calls.

Twilio’s API documentation and signup can be found at http://www.twilio.com/docs

 

Wit API- The Wit API makes it easy for developers to build Siri-like voice-powered apps. It turns speech or SMS into actionable data. No rules, no grammars, no VoiceXML: Wit learns from the examples you provide in a simple web console ; you can get started in 5 minutes.

We provide iOS, Android and Web SDKs to help you stream audio to the API. You get JSON in return: if the user says “wake me up tomorrow at 7”, you’ll get something like {“intent”: “set_alarm”, “datetime” : “20140317T070000”}.

You can get more information about Wit and see their API documentation on their docs page

 

Windows Azure – Add a cloud backend to your apps in minutes, enabling your apps to reach every user on every platform. With support for popular languages and open REST APIs, you’ll be ready to integrate Windows Azure into your apps in minutes. Use any of Windows Azure’s APIs to complete your hacks. You’ll need to activate a FREE trial or your MSDN Windows Azure benefits prior to using Windows Azure. Before using Windows Azure at the hackathon, make sure to complete the Get Started with Windows Azure Today course on Microsoft Virtual Academy. You’ll need to submit the course completion certificate with your hack.

 

Regina Police Service - Provider of policing service to the municipality of Regina, the Regina Police Service is pleased to provide a data set for use at HackREGINA. The data set provided is used in the Regina Police Service Community Crime Map available on the RPS website as well as the RSS feed for Regina Police Service’s newsfeed. Since launching the map and feed with our new website in January 2012 it greatly improved how Regina Police Service delivers information to the public.

10 Mar 2014, 4:59pm
HackRegina
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HackREGINA Spring 2014 Community Sponsor – Canadian Youth Business Foundation

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) helps entrepreneurs aged 18-39 realize their dreams of entrepreneurship by providing them with:

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.

Sign up for our March 15th Hackathon now!

 

4 Mar 2014, 9:39am
HackRegina
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HackREGINA Spring 2014 Community Sponsor – 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 YellowPages.ca database of over 1.5 million geo-coded Canadian business listings and associated rich content. We provide the tools, you provide the ideas and the talent. It is also free to use.

The Places API allows you to stream top Canadian local search content into your applications. Using our database of over 1.5 million geo-coded business listings and associated rich content, you can deliver the best data to your users without the need for your own directory. It is easy to use and extremely powerful. The Deals API beta provides the best content from the largest deals and coupons database in Canada, powered by RedFlagDeals.com

Register for HackREGINA’s March 15th hackathon on our eventbrite page!

28 Feb 2014, 10:12am
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HackREGINA Spring 2014 Event Sponsor- GB Internet Solutions

 

GB Internet Solutions is a well-established Regina software development company. We create awesome web platforms and mobile apps. We’re proud parents to GasBuddy.com and OpenStoreLoyalty.com, and while we don’t like to play favorites, the GasBuddy app has over 35 million downloads!

Using the GasBuddy API, you can tap into the leading source for local gas price information in North America. The API includes the ability to search gas prices by geo location, city, zip, or postal code. There will also be access to detailed station information. The API is implemented using HTTP and JSON, and documentation & examples will be provided at the hackathon.

At GB we have a work hard, play hard philosophy. We have a growing team of over 50 superstars that develop all of our web & mobile applications in-house. We’re passionate, prodigious, and only slightly chaotic. Oh, and we have beer on Fridays.

http://www.gbinternetsolutions.com/

Register for our upcoming HackREGINA hackathon on our eventbrite page!

27 Feb 2014, 10:36am
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HackREGINA Spring 2014 Event Sponsor – iQmetrix Software

The future of retail hinges on an understanding of how people want to shop – and how consumers’ use of technology has changed the buying process. Amid the myriad of online and mobile commerce options, evolving the in-store customer experience is more important than ever. Retailers must adapt or risk becoming obsolete.

At iQmetrix, we create great experiences for retailers, their employees, and the end consumer. Our products bridge the gap between physical and virtual retail channels, offering the latest in retail management and customer experience technology.

Using technology to connect physical and virtual channels opens a window to actionable retail data. Meaningful metrics provide insight to continually improve customer experiences and ultimately transform the business. Our solutions enable operational efficiencies, increased sales, and repeat business.  Have a look at our XQ case studies and RQ case studies to see how we’ve helped make our clients successful.

When a customer walks into a store, it’s an opportunity to connect people and technology to exceed expectations. We build solutions to help retailers deliver great in-store experiences.

iQmetrix is hiring!  Check out their careers page

Register for our upcoming March 15th event on our eventbrite page

26 Feb 2014, 11:16am
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  • HackREGINA Location Sponsor

    Innovation Place - Innovation Place is home to approximately 40 clients in six buildings, employing more than 1,600 people.

  • HackREGINA Event Sponsors

    iQmetrix Software - At iQmetrix, we create great experiences for retailers, their employees, and the end consumer.

    GB Internet Solutions - We’re proud parents to GasBuddy.com and OpenStoreLoyalty.com, and while we don’t like to play favorites, the GasBuddy app has over 30 million downloads!

  • HackREGINA Community Sponsors

    YellowAPI - 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.

    Canadian Youth Business Foundation - Are you an aspiring young entrepreneur, aged 18 to 39, with a solid business idea? Are you looking for the financial support and expert advice that will help you bring your great business idea to life? The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) can help.

  • HackREGINA API Sponsors

    eHealth Saskatchewan - eHealth Saskatchewan employees and consultants are committed to making a difference for Saskatchewan residents by supporting health care providers through making important clinical information available electronically.

    Cashtie - InComm’s new Cashtie API opens up access to retailers point of sale (POS) systems, allowing any approved developer to sell online goods to consumers at these high value retail locations—opening up the possibility for web and mobile applications to accept cash payments for virtual goods, services and utilities at top retailers.

    Twilio - Twilio powers the future of business communications, enabling phones, VoIP, and messaging to be embedded into web, desktop, and mobile software.

    Wit - Wit allows you to build a Siri-like speech interface for you app in 5 min! It's an API that turns speech or text into JSON.

    Windows Azure - Add a cloud backend to your apps in minutes, enabling your apps to reach every user on every platform. With support for popular languages and open REST APIs, you’ll be ready to integrate Windows Azure into your apps in minutes. Use any of Windows Azure’s APIs to complete your hacks. You’ll need to activate a FREE trial or your MSDN Windows Azure benefits prior to using Windows Azure.

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