November 5, 2012
Hundreds of DCWEEK festival participants got down to business this weekend with a two-day hackathon, hoping to turn their idea into a product in 30 hours.
DCWEEK is a week-long event for entrepreneurs, designers and developers, and social innovators that kicked off on Friday in Washington. Hackathon participants worked out of the Microsoft offices in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and even got a visit from the local FOX News. Volunteers from CrisisCampDC also attended to work on problems caused by Hurricane Sandy.
On Sunday night, 21 teams presented two-minutes pitches to the judges and a packed crowd. The prizes awarded included thousands of dollars in cash and a trip to CES. Here are the winners:
- 1st place: GoDC.me is a transit app for getting around DC on the Metrorail, bus, and Capital Bikeshare. In the future, it will include car sharing services Zipcar, Uber, and Car2Go. GoDC.me is a web app designed to work better than transit apps for iPhone or Android.
- 2nd place: Sous Chef is a recipe app controlled by your voice, because cooking already keeps your hands full.
- 3rd place: Dividin/g helps you split payment for events or charity with your friends.
And the runners up:
- FlipBuy helps you find and buy products you see on the web using embedded tags in images.
- Barn Raiser is an app that helps improve communities. You can take photos of little tasks that need to be done so others can complete them.
- Natural Disaster Relief System helps victims get critical information, offer their homes to others, and get connected with organizations like the Red Cross.
The hackathon was presented by AT&T.
DCWEEK is co-produced by Tech Cocktail and iStrategyLabs.
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