Hardware Hackathon November 2014 (video highlights)

5 Nov 2014

The Hardware Hackathon participants

Check out the video highlights from this week’s Hardware Hackathon at Dublin City University (DCU), where 100 hardware enthusiasts and designers broke into 12 teams and built prototypes over one weekend.

The two-day event was held at DCU’s Innovation Campus in partnership with DCU and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin, and was the second in a series of DCU and PCH hardware hackathons in just two months. The previous event took place in September.

Speakers at the event included PCH CEO Liam Casey; Airbnb’s head of consumer experience Aisling Hassell; Paul Cocksedge, co-founder of Paul Cocksedge Studio; and Yonatan Raz-Fridman, CEO and co-founder of Kano.

First prize went to Cash Up, which developed and prototyped a connected cash register for automated cash management. The team was awarded a €1,500 fund for the continuing development of its product, sponsored by PCH and consulting from Each&Other. The team also received three tickets to the Web Summit.

The winning team consisted of Kilian Dolan, Paul Ganly, Adam O’Brien, Aoife Crowley, Kevin Loaec, Alex Beregszaszi, James Foody, Jonny Cosgrove, Pauline O’Callaghan and Andrew Conlon.

Hardware Hackathon November 2014 – video highlights

Second prize went to City+, which developed a bicycle-powered connected sensor. The team received a €1,000 cash prize for the development of its product and an Autodesk Licence.

PillPal won third prize for its smart pill box to tackle medical non-compliance. The team received a €500 cash prize for the development of its product.

Among the other prototypes developed over the weekend were a control and monitoring system for urban allotments, a sensor to monitor the shelf life of products, and a wearable sensor to monitor air quality.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years