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published 15 Jun 2015 by Alexandra Cosma 2 minutes 54 seconds to read

The Techsylvanian Hackaton - a look back

What do you think happens when you give a group of talented engineers the latest connected devices and the challenge to create innovative solutions? To find out, take a look at our recap from the Techsylvania Conference and Hackathon which took place in Cluj-Napoca Romania on 6 - 9 June.

This year’s edition of the Techsylvania conference united more than 700 participants and 42 speakers from several countries over the course of two intense days. While all the speakers were highly appreciated, participants confirmed that the keynotes from Peter Juszczynski (Google), Rohan Chandran (Telenav), Flaviu Simihaian (iMedicare), Jon Bradford (Techstars) and the panel focused on investment or product management were quite memorable. Find a complete list of speakers here.

Undoubtedly, these inspirational speakers shared their vision of the future of connected devices and fueled the creativity of participants, as the resourcefulness of the Hackathon participants has shown.

The Hackathon

The most interesting fact was that people had a chance to work on devices and gadgets they don't normally have access to. 

Techsylvania Executive Producer Vlad Ciurca

The Techsylvania Hackathon comprised 25 projects that shall bring forward a prototype within 24 hours. Some ideas were related to the medical or agricultural fields, which, according Techsylvania Executive Producer Vlad Ciurca, “really proves that attendees are starting to think on solving real world problems, as opposed to just making a cool hack.” A complete list of competing projects is accessible here.

The Hackathon kicked off with the teams presenting their ideas in 60 seconds. “The most interesting fact was that people had a chance to work on devices and gadgets they don't normally have access to and this really made them think outside of the box to come up with ideas for these devices,” Ciurca explained. At the end of the Hackathon, each team presents their project in front of a panel of expert judges.

The winners

The winning idea was a first aid kit app with short CPR training lessons. Using a smartwatch as an input, the app aims to connect various smartwatches like Garmin or Pebble and offer CPR instructions on devices as well as motion notifications (for number of repeats, when to start/stop etc.) during the CPR procedure. Moreover, the app is set to automatically call the emergency number and put the phone on speaker so that the rescuer is well guided.

Second place was awarded to Race Evolution, an app that plans to use Garmin Devices and Google Glass to send exact data to a participant in any type of race about position, time (in comparison to the front runner and the follower, the race leader) and perhaps even send signals to other participants when someone stops or quits the race.

No AFK was awarded third place for an virtual audio mixer which can be controlled with the use of Leap Motion. This application allows you to change the volume, pitch and switch between tracks. Even mixing is possible so we expect to see some DJs in the showcase.

The prizes

To reward their creativity, the winning teams will be able to take advantage of mentoring sessions under the guidance of Rodeapps and Pitech+Plus‘ CEOs. Moreover, the winners have also received five free tickets to Shift Split, free tickets for the whole team to Startup Istanbul as well as several months of free coworking at Cluj Hub. First place will also participate in the Young Leaders Club’s pre-acceleration program held in Constanta between 21 and 28 June.

On top of these opportunities, the winning teams also got a plethora of high tech devices to practice their skills on, including the Parrot, Pebble Watches, Leap Motion, Bitdefender products, and MetaWear among others.

We’re looking forward to seeing these projects come to life on our favourite devices!

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