Tech Crunch Disrupt Hackathon Winners

Discussion created by uzair Employee on May 31, 2017

Verizon was a key sponsor of the TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon on May 13-14, 2017 at Pier 36 in New York.

Over 700 developers and engineers descended from all over the world to take part in this 24-hour hacking event to build a new product and present it on the Disrupt NYC stage to a panel of expert judges and compete for a variety of prizes using the Verizon ThingSpace, MapQuest, and Smart City APIs.

The hackers were judged on the creativity of their idea, the difficulty of their technical implementation, the number of ThingSpace APIs (including Device Messaging, Smart Cities, which included Smart Parking and Smart Lighting, and MapQuest APIs) incorporated in the hack.

The top performers that adhered to these criteria were awarded cash prizes of up to $ 5,000.

Those that rose to the challenge competed to win:                                   

• First Place:       $ 3,000                                    • Second Place:  $ 1,500                                    • Third Place:      $    500

In the end, we had 12 teams utilizing the APIs and we congratulate the top 3 winners:

  1. Our first prize winner was, an application that allows users to bid on local parking spaces that are occupied by autonomous vehicles. The highest bidder is alerted of their winning spot, notified using Thingspace APIs and sent directions using the MapQuest Directions APIs. 
  2. Our second prize of $1,500 went to IntelliDrive, an application that offers time-based, contextual intelligence to users on road trips. The app offers suggestions, such as nearest restaurants along your route and sends alerts and suggestions related to low fuel and gas stations nearby. IntelliDrive utilized Thingsapce APIs for notification and MapQuest's Search, Icon Service, Directions and Traffic APIs for location-based services.
  3. Our third prize winner, Swerve, came up with a really interesting use case. Swerve is a car collision mapping and visualization tool that helps insurance agents easily view and interpret collisions. Utilizing Verizon’s Smart Cities APIs along with Device Messaging APIs, Swerve visually displays where a collision occurred and icons to show which vehicle was where at the time of the incident. Swerve also used MapQuest APIs for determining the location of the accident.

Congratulations again to all of the teams who participated in TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon.

We appreciate all the hackers for their submissions and for spending the Mother’s Day weekend with us. Keep on hacking at!

Thank you,

The ThingSpace Team