Milton Keynes - 20th October 2016 - TADHack Global took place last weekend, with over 2600 registrations and over 170 hacks pitched to the judges from 30+ locations all over the world.

IPCortex had the pleasure of organising the London location, where we saw coders, UX specialists and commercial folks come together to build something special. The host was IDEA London - a tech startup accelerator facility operated by UCL with Cisco- that not only provides excellent facilities for a hackathon as well as heaps of enthusiasm for helping smart people invent cool new tech.

The event kicked off with a keynote video from Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, and videos from each of the global sponsors that explained the resources available for participants using their technologies. Ideas started flowing, wireframes were sketched and very quickly we could see that the teams had chosen to create very different hacks. Together with IDEA London, we were able to give the teams what they needed to overcome temporary roadblocks - including making a lamp for a Philips Hue device. We were also fortunate to have Matrix.org and Ubuntu (Canonical), both global sponsors of the event, with us during the weekend to help the teams succeed. After pizza and beer, the teams headed off to get some well earned rest.

The next morning, the teams were able to polish their hacks and pitches over pastries. We had a lineup of six hacks to judge:

  • "Flow" - Walid Behlock, Marc Daou, Nicolas Sleiman and Theo Jalabert. They entered the Carrefour challenge with a smart grocery assistant offering the ability to scan items at home and re-order them, that also learns from what you like and can suggest healthier alternatives and so on.
  • "Matrix of Things" - Matt Williams and Yin Yee Kan. This hack allowed for IoT devices to directly connect to Matrix, interfacing to Riot and a Tropo-powered TUI. They also used Java (Tomcat), EL2, IBM Watson and an ESPB266 microcontroller.
  • "The Hangouts Bridge" - Immanuel Baskaran. Immanuel's hack bridges Riot with Google Hangouts.
  • "Moodlight" - Astrid de Gasté, Ryan Lintott, Tomas Zezula, Istvan Hoffer, Jing Chan. This team developed a sentiment analysis bot connecting to a Philips Hue bulb, analysing Matrix/Riot/Slack chat rooms and displaying different colours based on the "mood" of the room.
  • "Smart Cart" - Sergio Hernandez, Preda Georgia, Popa Dragos, Daniel Savu and Sebastian-Valentin Burlacu. This hack was an entrant to the Carrefour challenge: a web application which suggests items based on previous selections and items to complete your basket to make meals you might not have thought of.
  • "Deadspot" - Dalton Scott. Dalton's hack allows you to use apps without wifi.

Eventually, together with Matrix.org and IDEA London, we decided upon our winners. Many congratulations to “Moodlight”, who took the Location prize of $1000!

Matrix.org also decided to award two of their global prizes to London hackers:

“Matrix of Things” by Matt Williams and Yin Yee Kan won a Macbook Air. “Hangouts Bridge” by Immanuel Baskaran won a $250 prize.

Dalton Scott also won a Global prize of $250 from Telestax for his hack, "Deadspot".

We were delighted with the quality of hacks at this event, but we were even more impressed by the way that the participants worked together, both in their own teams and between teams, throughout the hackathon weekend. The TADHack mantra is “learn, share, code and create” and the collaborative atmosphere we had in London is testament to that.

Photos and videos from TADHack London 2016

Click here for the photo album, pitch videos and winners' presentation video

TADHack is currently the largest telecoms-focused hackathon worldwide and is doing an excellent job of promoting the telecoms development ecosystem. We look forward to their future events, and supporting more telecoms application developers in London!