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BaselHack – Retrospective and glimpse into the future

Posted by jjerlich on 31. October 2017

It was a real pleasure being part of the BaselHack organizers committee for the last couple of months, collaborating with people from different backgrounds and organizations sharing their skills, talents and connections to make #BaselHack a reality. It was an interesting process that worked out fabulously.

The pre-event Friday before the hack was the first parameter showing us the interest of talents from the region and resulted in having first idea pitches. On Saturday morning the excitement was literally in the air. With a time limit of only 60 seconds.pitching started right after a short introduction with 14 ideas, 11 of them found their teams and work started in full swing.

After the code freeze at 16:00, the transformation of the room on Sunday presentations started at 16:30. Each of the still 11 teams had 5 minutes to present their project, the work done, the challenges encountered in a clear, inspiring and engaging format. It was great to see the sponsors,  data providers from Canton Basel Stadt and other stakeholders, as well as many visitors from our own networks and families.

The first and legendary #BaselHack winning teams are:
1. ClockChain
2. Smart Contacts
3. My side effects

At the same time we have the view that being part of something that is bigger than yourself is a win for everyone involved. In fact everyone wins at a Hackathon: organizers, visitors, jury and all participants – it is just an amazing experience to work together for an intensive period of time – two days (and a night) – to solve problems by creating solutions, many of them with social impact. In this spirit everything created is available for the public at https://github.com/BaselHack

Come and join us next time: With many skills, abilities, competencies and viewpoints in one room it is quite hard to not learn something!

Thank you for EVERYONE`s EFFORT in MAKING this very first #BaselHack happen.

We are determined to continue and stay connected to the new community until BaselHack 2018.

 

The PROJECTS

Group Traffic Squad
Robin Freyburger : Gaël Tugler : Vincent Perrin : Carlo Field : Vivienne Mayer

The team used Radar data from the Canton Basel Stadt for creating a traffic map color-coding danger of speeding cars in the streets In Basel. A very useful application, if you put yourself in the shows of parents looking for a safe way to school for your child. The product is ready for you now, even after processing 16 million data points, that alone took a couple of hours, and overcoming the loss of their front end developer.

Group Beervelopers
Difan Lin : Tobias Würsch : Biraveenmaks Ponnu : Björn Pfoster : Simon Drabert

The group visualized the beer consumption from a beer keybot made available from Adobe for the end consumer and for bars and production lines. Their requirement was to make the app very easy to use. Seeing the amount of beer consumed graphically might make the difference at your next Basler Biermarkt.

Group Blink
Tina Crameri: Ankit Bharthan: Nicolas Barbé: Victor Parmar : Célia Bel

Connecting impaired people with volunteers able and ready to offer rides on a short notice. Covering the gap for organized rides that need to be pre-booked three days in advance. The idea for this app came from an enthusiastic foundation employee from the Canton Solothurn and will enter into service as soon as possible.

Group PubTransViz
Alexander Timmermans : David Barrat . Dominik Stankowski

Visualization of the interconnectivity and access of locations in Basel – useful when you have to go from one location to several others. This application is useful for city planners to see how a new public transportation line would change the interconnectivity in Basel, it is also a help when you search for a location that needs to satisfy several specific access parameters. The product concept was created with data from opendata.Swiss and data from BVB.

Group Smart Contacts     2nd prize
Alexander Boll : Sebastian Fix : Oliver Reist : Thiago Perrini : Richard Strnad : Thomas Baer

Missing data in contact details of smart phones, databases of companies and organizations. Sure that none of us really liking to do the necessary updates, the app makes it very easy and fast, a couple of seconds, and updates become automatic, pushed from the data owner to all of his or her network contacts. The group used design thinking as basics for their team work and started into prototyping only after all parameters were clear.

Group Illumina
Anders Bott : Nuno Soares

The idea was born while cooking: Controlling lights with hand gestures without touching anything and making it dirty. And yes, it is not just about an on and off switch but adjustment of brightness as well. This project idea is different than all others because it was hardware based and actually touchable. The application finds its market in home automation or can also be used in public places, as well as in specific situations where touching is not allowed.

Group Clockchain       1st prize
Dietrich Rordorf : Roland Brand : Priska Burkard : Clemens Bachmair

Exchanging your work for receiving time – Saving the Swiss Retirement System. You could also name it the time stock exchange. The demonstration shows how easy it is to secure transactions between two parties using blockchain technology. But of course, it all takes time.

Group Whitchway
Matthias Cullmann : David Zimmerli : Joel Zimmerli : Christian Hauck

An easy question every day that may sound easy to solve: which way can you get home faster? This app helps you decide in a split second which tram. Real time data is used from SBB BVB.

Group Visual Fish
Christopher Zimmermann : Jen Stehlik : Alen Klaric : Michael Mell : Dirk Dresch

It started with the question on how to automized experiences = Visualizing chat – a fun thing to do! The market for this application is much bigger than you think. Visualizing content created in conferences or innovative event formats could be just as interesting as using it for your entertainment.

Group Basel Inside
Fabrizio Parrillo : Quentin Garnier : Galia Shai : Nicolas Mauchle : Denis Augsburger : Denise Baumann

Visualizing data from different open data sources to browse in a fun way. The society, the people living in Basel, should have access to this data. Browsing the data in an interactive way plays an important role for all stakeholders.

Group My side effect       3rd prize
Philip Pisa : Misgana Negassi : Moritz Freidank : Moritz Rocholl : Tomas Jezek : Abhimanyu Verma : Felix Karg : Monica Ticlla-Ccenhua : Maximilian Roth : Pranika Singh

Web Application and app that allow you to browse the huge medical database about side effects of medicines for your personal characteristics. Like that you can decide which of the side effects you prefer. Actually this problem is the same for doctors.

Links

Verein BaselHack

www.baselhack.ch

BaselHack on Facebook

@BaselHack on Twitter

Idea Pitches and Group Presentations videos

 

 

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