After 24 hours of development, many participants without sleep, Ford’s first Melbourne-based Hackathon is over. The entries spanned many industries, with plenty of creative ideas and all seemed to target different driving problems.
After the 5 minutes pitches (including demos) there was an opportunity for the judges to ask questions with one of the 3 judges being President and CEO of Ford Australia, Bob Graziano.
The winners of the best new app, were MYOB who leveraged their own API to create an app that allowed mobile workers to receive new jobs, have them read to them via SYNC voice and accept jobs on the fly. After visiting the site and completing the job, the employee can then mark the job as complete by voice command and then even send an invoice to the client.
MYOB won a $4,000 cash prize and while presented on a novelty check, was assured it would be transferred into a real one. Other winners included the best existing app that added SYNC integration and that prize went to millipede for their LogBook Pro app. It had one of the best UI’s on show today and takes the hassle out of doing log books, a task that everyone hates.
Special mention goes to Carpool which learnt your common routes, and compared with others to make recommendations of who you should contact to car pool. The winner received an iPhone 5S for taking out the best concept category.
Here’s the winning pitch by MYOB.
If you want to see what it’s like to participate in a hackathon like this, check
out the gallery from the event.