25 locations - 2,500 developers world wide - 145 Amazing Projects - tackling disabilities, health, education, human rights, agriculture and humanitarian aid - this is what Geeklist #hack4good is about!!!
35 projects went in to the global finals of Geeklist #hack4good 0.5.
The judges have been deliberating for the last 10 days - this was a tough decision!
They’ve watched so many amazing videos and demos of incredible projects.
Heard from a lot of passionate people from all over the world.
Challenged and questioned some of the teams to understand the impact their ideas could have.
They’ve picked their top four teams.
These 4 projects were judged as the most creative, well-executed and - most importantly - those with the greatest potential for social impact.
Here - without further ado - are the global winners of #hack4good 0.5!
In joint 3rd place…
Air Triage is a free application that makes it easy and efficient for anyone to use imagery from aerial drones, precisely georeferencing aerial photographs and marking on a map where particular help is needed. This transforms what is normally a process of several days and hundreds of man-hours into something that one person with a laptop in the field can do right in the moment!
Watch Air Triage in action:
Congratulations to the team from London: James O-Halloran, Rob Finean, Olivia Comberti, Andrew Curtis, Florian Rathgeber and Jon Somerscales - in collaboration with Ivan Gayton of Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) / Doctors without Borders.
We’re really impressed at how they worked extremely closely with an NGO to tackle a specific problem here. They’ve built enabling technology that can make a real difference to the speed and effectiveness of humanitarian response in disaster situations!
and also in joint 3rd place…
Offline Connect and Communicate tackled the problem of communication in a disaster situation. Using Raspberry Pi devices to build ad-hoc wi-fi networks, their system allows voice communication between Android phones, even when mobile networks are down.
Watch Offline Connect and Communicate in action:
Congratulations to the team from Hyderabad: Praneeth Kalluri, Raghava Yamsani and Vishal Varun.
We love the way they approached this problem - thinking very clearly about the constraints of a disaster situation, what would be most effective and then building a simple solution that uses affordable hardware and could be easily deployed in the field.
2nd place… the runner-up of #hack4good 0.5 is…
V.I.S.I.O.N. stands for Visual Impairment Supporting Interactive Obstacle Navigator. This hardware project - using Arduino - aims at replacing the walking stick of a blind person, locating and detecting foot/knee/head-level obstacles, staircases, steps and ditches, providing audio and tactile feedback and alerts to aid people with visual impairments in day-to-day life.
Watch V.I.S.I.O.N. in action:
Congratulations to the team from Bangalore who participated Online: Anirvan Maiti, Shrey Rupani and Ritvik Gautam.
It is incredible how much you achieved in the 48 hours and seeing the journey unfold on your videos - each one with seemingly more and more wiring and Arduinos hooked together - was awesome! We’re very excited that you’re now field testing this with blind people to get their feedback.
And the global winner of #hack4good 0.5 is…
Whitecane is a personalized face recognition app that enables people who are partially blind, with a cognitive disorder or prosopagnosia (face blind), senior citizens etc. to identify and remember their beloved ones.
Watch Whitecane in action:
Congratulations to the team from New Delhi: Manish Singh Bisht, Sonu Raj, Hitesh Dua and Siddharth Sudhakar - you are the global winners of #hack4good 0.5!
Several things were extremely impressive about this team and this project:
First - very focused on a clear problem that profoundly affects the lives of a large and increasing number of people.
Second - judges were extremely impressed at the execution and presentation of this project - the voice interface, the added features of understanding emotion - this just blew us all away!
Third - and most important - for those people who need it, this app will have an absolutely life-changing impact. To have built something with such power to improve people’s lives, in a single weekend, is just an astounding achievement.
More amazing projects!
The judges had a REALLY hard time choosing between so many amazing projects!
We are proud to present a collection of all the local winning teams:
On top of all these, we really want to congratulate and commend every team who committed to the 48 hours and built something for social good.
What you each built is a major achievement…
so we built the ability create an Achievement Card for your profile right from your Project!!
Try it out - go to your project card - click “Edit” and then “Make this project an achievement”.
If you’ve enjoyed this as much as we have, Geeklist #hack4good 0.6 is just a few months away and we’d love to have you be part of it - either as participants or even to get involved in making it happen in your city!
To all the world-changing ideas and projects and all of you who make them happen, we thank you for making this Geeklist #hack4good awesome!
- Dan, Jedi and Reuben
Geeklist #hack4good global team