Winning teams of our first Smart Cities Student Hackathon

Hackathon Winners, photo courtesy of Grace Hong

The Global CENTRA project at the ACIS Lab hosted our first Smart Cities Student Hackathon on April 1-2, as the kick-off event for the following week’s (April 10-14) international conferences centered around Smart and Connected Communities. There are a total of 26 hackathoners & mentors from University of Florida, and students traveled from Thailand and Japan joined us in Gainesville to discuss and work on their hacks together. In addition to ACIS IT staff, Samantha Wolfe (Senior Strategic Planner), Emmanuel Posadas (Traffic Operations Manager) from the City of Gainesville, David Stanton of Code for Gainesville and Andrew Crites from Mobiquity also joined as mentors or judges of the Hackathon.

There were two winning teams in this research-oriented hackathon. Nannapas Banluesombatkul, Prapansak Kaewlamul (both of Thammasat University Computer Engineering, Thailand), Parth Patel (University of Florida Computer Engineering), and Pongsakorn U-chupala (Nara Institute of Science and Technology Computer Science, Japan) created a web application to visualize data from Gainesville’s open data portal to help new businesses decide where to locate. Their prototype application is online and available at the Hackathon website. Ali Komeily (University of Florida, College of Design, Construction, and Planning and Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering) developed a scalable software platform to retrieve, analyze, and visualize community data to help with data-driven policy making. He used City of Gainesville and US Census data as examples and hopes to expand the work to the national level. Both of the winning teams have agreed to combine their efforts and develop a joint presentation to the SUNTOWNS workshop on April 12th and they will also have their travel expenses covered to present their work in the spring of 2018 at the 3rd annual CENTRA meeting in Japan.

More images of the hackathon teams working throughout the weekend of April 1st-2nd are captured in this post and here.

Smart Cities Hackathon Participants and Mentors, photo courtesy of Grace Hong

Thank you to all of the participants and mentors from ACIS Lab, Code for Gainesville, City of Gainesville, logistical support of the UF ECE Department, and the bean bags sponsored by Gainesville's local CordaRoy's.