Austin Hyland – Cisco Developer Evangelist

Smart Open Lisboa Hackathon

Lisbon Portugal, July 1-2 2016


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The Smart Open Lisboa Hackathon brought lots of creative innovation to the city of Lisbon this weekend. Lisbon is hugely supportive of this event and they provided enormous amounts of open data for use in the competition as well as offering the hackers the opportunity to use the city as a test bed for their ideas. Numerous teams participated in an intense competition for this one-of-a-kind Grand Prize.

 

Over the course of the weekend, ideas were exchanged, mistakes were made and solutions were created. We saw several teams integrate Cisco technologies into their projects and the Cisco Devnet team was hugely impressed with how easily these hackers were able to use Cisco technologies to create working solutions in such a short amount of time! In the end, eight teams were chosen as first place winners: eKoneksa, E-derly, Optishower, ET Concept, Load Interactive, Pedaling, Medcore and Bclose.

 

The two teams’ projects that won using Cisco’s technologies – eKoneksa and Load Interactive – are outlined below.

 

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eKoneksa – A team focused on interacting with and controlling “Internet of Things” devices in order to reduce energy consumption decided to develop and use a Tropo IVR (Interactive Voice Response).  For those that don’t know, Tropo is a Cisco technology that makes it simple to automate communications and connect your code to the phone network, allowing you to do things like set up interactive voice menus, and send and receive text messages. This technology is so easy to use that the eKoneksa team was able to add real time communications to their app in just a few hours!

 

The venue for the hackathon was uniquely equipped with a demonstration smart house that contained lots of connected devices.  Although this team came prepared with its own portable set of devices just in case, they were able to tap into and control the connected devices within the smart house using only their phones!  In this scenario, the end user could remotely monitor energy usage at their home by either placing a phone call or sending an SMS to turn off unwanted devices.

 

Below is a video of the team demonstrating.

 

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Load Interactive – This team came with a suite of technical abilities, but no specific idea for the hackathon.  After getting an overview of the technologies that were supported, they decided to use the Cisco Connected Mobile Experience solution (CMX).

 

Their idea was to look at the open data provided by the city of Lisbon (yes, they provide open data!) and use this data to find points of interest that are equipped with CMX. CMX uses Cisco access points that are capable of things like indoor location tracking and personalized customer engagement.  CMX also allows you to take a very in-depth look into and track all of the devices connected to (or nearby) your access point.

 

The Load Team decided to utilize this technology to determine how popular a given space was at the time.  You could check to see how crowded the social security office was before going or make sure a nightclub was busy before deciding to go out dancing.   This sort of data can be used to avoid crowds and save people time waiting in unnecessary lines.  The city of Lisbon is connected with hundreds of Cisco access points capable of utilizing CMX.  Load Interactive’s approach to using this open data for the good of the citizens was just one of many great solutions created this weekend!

 

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All in all, it was a very successful Hackathon and I’m excited to watch these teams continue to develop their ideas with the support of Lisbon!

 

-Austin Hyland