In conjunction with the National Civic Day of Hacking, the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (RTP) hosted its second annual Hackathon, beginning Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7.
The goal of National Day of Civic Hacking is for residents, community groups, and government to collaborate to make their communities stronger. Specifically, the southwest Florida event offered teams to select from two themes - Blue Zones Project and Safe Firefighting.
All the teams produced viable solutions, but in the end Team Breakroom was triumphant. They created a Fire Response Environmental Detection System that is an all in one inclusive data collection device in The FireCloud (which assures a standard interface layer that unifies multi device communications to a standard code).
Team Penta Sensation from Dunbar High School focused on Safe Firefighting creating the PentaSensor housed in a ball-shaped casing that would be thrown into a fire that sensed and transmitted information to a central database regarding the environment the firefighters were entering. Team Arduino Fighters wanted to help firefighters with their safety by creating a small, portable sensor that is placed in the helmet of the fighter and then transmits data to a central database.
The team from Fort Myers Technical College (FMTC) focused on both themes. FMTC Fire created LiveSense, a firefighting data collection platform that utilizes the IBM/Watson Analytics Platform to help analyze the forensic data to determine best course of action in a fire and can be utilized on a macroscopic scale. For FMTC Health they created an app called LL Ally (Long Life Ally) which keeps participants honest with their health assessment tracking.
The Blue Men Tech Tag Team earned honorable mention for creating an app called the Longer Life Challenge Game based on three elements; 1. Education 2. Action 3. Community. This app takes the 9 principals of the Blue Zone and gamifies the elements so people can play individually or engage socially on various levels that people find inspirational and fun.
The RTP Hackathon was supported by several organizations including sponsors LANDESK, Zuora, Chico's FAS, IBM, Kuniter, Hodges University, IAFF Local 1826 and the Lee County Economic Development Office.