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design

Design plays an important role in Hackagong, and includes it's own category prize. Often design is added as an after-thought in tech-based projects, but we encourage teams to include someone with design skills to think about issues such as UI and UX from the beginning to produce a compelling product.

Got a design related question?Contact the Design ambassador:travis@hackagong.com

code

Code remains at the heart of Hackagong and is essential to turning your ideas into realities. Teams are able to use any technologies or languages they are comfortable with. This year we have a category prize for "Best use of NBN (100Mbps)" as we will have up to 400Mbps access over the weekend.

Got a code related question?Contact the Code ambassador:tim@hackagong.com

build

Hardware hacking and tinkering is becoming increasingly popular and accessible to everyone. This year we'll be holding a "Best 3D printed object" competition where the prize is a 3D printer for the winning team! We'll have seven 3D printers available for the weekend and will be running a CAD workshop prior to the event.

Got a build related question?Contact the Build ambassador:chris@hackagong.com

launch

Hackagong's mission is to encourage a maker and startup culture in the Illawarra. As such the overall winner will be the team which not only produces an innovative prototype solution that solves a particular problem, but one that also has viable business potential, has identified product-market fit and perhaps even has paying customers before the end of the weekend!

Got a launch related question?Contact the Launch ambassador:nathan@hackagong.com
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HackagongX Code / Build Apps for UOW Students

September 27, 2013

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Hackagong is back!

Following on from the awesomeness of Hackagong 2013, we bring you HackagongX. A new initiative, run entirely by the Hackagong Student Club including members from the local community.

The idea is quite similar to your usual Hackagong, but with a twist! HackagongX will be focused on a particular theme per event.

The inaugural event will be called HackagongX [Code], with a theme of building useful apps and tools for UOW Students (website, mobile website or native app). There will be some available UOW data on the weekend to utilise.

As usual; big prizes, big ideas and a level of true geekiness to match.

Your ticket price is inclusive of all food, entry and access to a 1Gbps net connection. All you need to bring is your laptop and your next big idea!

Get in quick, tickets are limited! Buy them here: https://hackxcode13.eventbrite.com.au/

Prizes:
$10,000 in prizes thanks to the awesome folks at Amazon AWS!

Where:
Building 24, University of Wollongong

Schedule:
Saturday, 28 Sep: 10am – 9pm (no overnight, go home and sleep)
Sunday, 29 Sep: 10am – 6pm

Questions? Contact mark@hackagong.com or tim@hackagong.com

Team Physics / Hackagong 2013

September 26, 2013

Team name
Team Physics

Team members
Matt Sanderson, Luke Weynen, Matt Griffiths, Jackson Cunningham

How did the team meet?
All of team members are physicists, with Luke and Matt Griffiths studying at UoW, and Matt Sanderson and Jackson recently graduated from UoW.

What did you build at Hackagong?
We made an open-source, handheld gaming device, which we have called Pi.Py. The hardware consists of a modified Raspberry Pi connected to a 3.5” screen. This was all placed into a case created using the 3D printers available at Hackagong. We also wrote some software to interact with the games, and a version of pong based around special relativity.

Why that idea and how did it come to you?
All of the team members are gamers, so we designed a product that we would consider buying. We also wanted to create something that could show off our wide range of skills, such as electronics, design, and coding.

How was your weekend experience at Hackagong and/or Demo Day?
It was intense, almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and after 30 hours we were exhausted. But at the end of the day, the sense of achievement you get from creating a prototype in 30 hours can’t be beaten. All the other teams at Hackagong were amazing, and it was great to see so many fantastic ideas in one place.

What’s next for your product development?
We still have a few bugs to iron out, both in the code and hardware. It would also be nice to reprint the case, now that we have a better understanding of the possibilities and limitations of 3D printing.

What’s the grand future vision for what it could become?
It would be great if the device could be made cheap enough to be a viable contender in the marketplace. But if not, it would be great just to refine the design and get it out there so that other hackers can make their own and modify it in ways we can’t even imagine. The idea that anyone with the plans could print out their own handheld gaming device is quite exciting.

Are you looking for people to help? If so, who/what do you need?
Investors are always welcome!

 

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Team UOW FSAE / Hackagong 2013

September 22, 2013

Team name
UOW FSAE

Team members
Samiyeul Habib

How did the team meet?
Part of UOW’s Formula-SAE team, a student based group that designs, engineers and builds a racecar each year.

What did you build at Hackagong?
A wearable rack for screwdriver bits, holds up to three different sizes of shanks. Always a nice accessory bracelet for those with that in mind.

How was your weekend experience at Hackagong and/or Demo Day?
It was pretty good, I had no complaints about anything. the weekend was organised very well, lots of food and drinks (as proven by the 12 Red Bulls I downed in that time haha). There was also great support from the organisers, especially Chris’ help with my Build entry.

What’s next for your product development?
I plan to evolve and improve that design and look into selling copies of the actual thing on Shapeways. There was plenty of feedback from other teams and people about its practicality and aesthetics.

What’s the grand future vision for what it could become?
Nothing much really, it’s kinda becoming a part of my general portfolio of designs and things so it’s a win in its own way.

Are you looking for people to help? If so, who/what do you need?
Not right now, I’ve already got people and friends that are willing to get behind the projects I have, just as a hobby. It’s more of a “you help me, i help you” kinda thing where we share ideas and plans.

Although I’d be interested in working with other Hackagongers, mainly because most of them have plans for their future and it could lead to some great collaboration. I consider myself skilled in CAD and graphics and things like that so there’s always a chance.

 

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uowfsae - 100 pct and cleaned up

Team QUAD / Hackagong 2013

September 19, 2013

Team name
QUAD

Team members
Nathan Roberts, Hannah Sloane, Jolie Nichols and Anton Summerfield

How did the team meet?
We all knew each other from uni or school. I (Nathan) approached Anton the week leading up to the event to see if he was interested and he jumped on without a second thought. Hannah joined up at the brewery and Jolie joined the Saturday morning.

What did you build at Hackagong?
We designed and built using 3D printing a concept QUAD – Quadcopter Unified Aerofoil Design. The design fused the features of a quadcopter and a fixed wing aircraft.

Why that idea and how did it come to you?
Quadcopters are very popular among professions and hobbyists alike due to their availability and flexibility. The biggest issue regarding the vast majority of users is its flight time. With the Hackagong event fast approaching and no solid ideas we were keen to come up with something innovative and ambitious. Over a coffee by the beach we were captivated by the seagull’s ability to harass people trying to enjoy hot chips with such little effort in flight. It was just the inspiration we needed. Why not give the quadcopter wings!

How was your weekend experience at Hackagong and/or Demo Day?
Exceptional! What a way to spend the weekend, 30 hours of non-stop action! Having the opportunity to turn an idea into reality. Enthusiasm and passion was in the air with teams devoting themselves to projects that they came up with, that they were interested in, that they were skilled at. The venue at UOW was fantastic with plenty of space for teams to set up gear have a stretch and see what others were working on and plenty of bean bags for those needing a power nap. The Sunday where judges came around and the demo day was great in regards for teams to have an opportunity to pitch ideas and get feedback. Good experience.

What’s next for your product development?
Putting together a working model. To achieve this further calculations and considerations are required in the design. Pooling available resources, getting sponsors or people with suitable equipment together who are interested would accelerate the process significantly. Prototype aerofoil and quadcopter base structures may be produced using our 3D printer (that we won) with design iterations based on FEA, CFD, battery and flight data analysis.

What’s the grand future vision for what it could become?
To provide a platform to various users such as for high speed communications, real time monitoring of an area for disaster relief, search and rescue, farmers, wildlife surveys, police surveillance, weather and environmental monitoring and study. By incorporating sophisticated software into flight patterns and image analysis the uses are endless. Furthermore as 3D printing and material technologies improve the incorporation of conductive inks and polymers, solar cells, energy storage and artificial muscles will pave the way for a superior platform for professionals and everyday users.

Are you looking for people to help? If so, who/what do you need?
Anyone may help contribute to advancing QUAD from programmers, computer scientist and engineers to people interested in just wanting to have fun and fly around with a quadcopter. Key areas will be sensory input, and utilising control theory to help control flight. If people own a quadcopter or have components they wish to incorporate into the frame then that would be of great help. Anyone interested are valuable.

 

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Team Enactus / Hackagong 2013

September 18, 2013

Team name
Enactus Wollongong

Team members
Marc Bowditch & Eric Perry

How did the team meet?
Through the UOW Enactus Club.

What did you build at Hackagong?
We fixed up the Enactus website and CSE Enactus website.

Why that idea and how did it come to you?
Our website needed updating.

How was your weekend experience at Hackagong and/or Demo Day?
We had an amazing time, we meet so many people doing interesting projects.

Are you looking for people to help? If so, who/what do you need?
If you want to join Enactus you can find more information here: http://clubs.uow.edu.au/clubs/enactus/home/

Team Repair My Road / Hackagong 2013

September 15, 2013

Team name
Repair My Road

Team members
Danny Henley-Martin, Andrew Booth, Trung Nguyen, Kaegyn Toole, Diego Biancullo

How did the team meet?
Not everyone knew each other, some of us met at uni, while some met at work and we just asked if discussed if we wanted to do something at Hackagong.

What did you build at Hackagong?
We built a mobile application that collects reports from users about potholes that they have discovered while driving. The app then sent this data to a server that filters the results to be displayed and used by governments to repair the potholes that have been reported.

Why that idea and how did it come to you?
Basically, we wanted to go to Hackagong for the experience. But the idea came to a couple of us while we were driving to Hungry Jacks one day when we were taking a break from study. On the way, we saw a few potholes on the Freeway. Haha, it was pretty funny actually because, we said to ourselves, that “this could be an app”, and so we moved forward with that idea.

How was your weekend experience at Hackagong and/or Demo Day?
Our experience at Hackagong was quite good actually, for us, we were learning how to build our app, while creating it on the day, so it was a great experience. One of the best things was just to be in an environment that supported the development of our ideas, and having other people around you working towards something is always a great motivator. Hackagong was probably the best thing to happen for us as a group, and we’ll be sure to go again to the next one. Demo Day was even better, because this is where we were able to present our idea to a crowd of people, find and gain interest, while receiving important feedback about our app, and how we could move forward with it. Making it into the top 10 was crucial for us, because Demo Day would be our platform to push our idea.

What’s next for your product development?
At the moment, we are expanding on our initial app, and building it towards how the government can use the data from the application to make better, quicker and more strategic decisions when it comes to civil works and maintenance on our local and state roads. A big factor is our user-interface development, and how users will interact with the “dashboard”, as well as the mobile application. We’re hoping to pitch the idea to governments soon.

What’s the grand future vision for what it could become?
We are hoping to see our app used by States, and local governments, where citizens as the primary users can report seen potholes, quickly and easily. We also want to provide citizens with some other useful utilities while driving, such as recording journey distance for tax purposes, displaying their current speed, as well as showing traffic congestion around their driving area. We have a couple other things up our sleeves too, but for now they are under wraps.

Are you looking for people to help? If so, who/what do you need?
We may need people in the future, but for the time been we have a fairly good robust team. Anything we require in the future, would be security based, and to provide us with strategic overview of how this could integrate into existing services.

What’s happened with the project since Hackagong?
Since Hackagong, we have been approached by several enthusiastic people that are keen to get on board and help out by providing us with contacts in the government and people that want to be application testers. For us, we’ve continued to work to refine our app and push it further, greatly expanding our analytics user-interface for the government and finding new ways for our data to be useful. But most of all, we’re finding new ways to make the app fun for the everyday citizen and incentivise its use.

 

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Team Whiteboard / Hackagong 2013

September 14, 2013

Team name
Team Whiteboard

Team members
Andrew Short, Neil Richardson, Simon Westren

How did the team meet?
We met at Hackagong for the first time.

What did you build at Hackagong?
We built a robotic whiteboard that lets you choose an image and have it drawn on a whiteboard.

Why that idea and how did it come to you?
We had a few components and this was one idea which fitted the hardware we had available.

How was your weekend experience at Hackagong and/or Demo Day?
It was a whole lot of fun, and was great to work on an interesting project in such an exciting atmosphere.

What’s next for your product development?
It was more of a fun project than a product, but there may be a version 2 being made in the future.

What’s the grand future vision for what it could become?
A really cool demo.

What’s happened with the project since Hackagong?
While we had a successful presentation at Demo-Day, the technological constraints mentioned above have meant that little has happened since then.

Robotic whiteboard that draws whatever you program it to

Team Lime Rocket (Epic Games) / Hackagong 2013

September 10, 2013

Team name
Lime Rocket

Team members
Mike Gardiner & Gretchen Armitage

How did the team meet?
We came in as a company team representing Lime Rocket – an game & app development company based right here in the Illawarra.

What did you build at Hackagong?
Using our Buzzy.IO platform we built the first of a new series of Epic multi-screen games for pubs & clubs that allow patrons to play via your iOS or Android SmartPhone.

Why that idea and how did it come to you?
Hackagong for us was an opportunity to eat our own dog food (API & SDK) and show other game & app developers what is possible using Buzzy.IO. The idea started out early Saturday as location based dating and by mid morning it had morphed into game shows.

How was your weekend experience at Hackagong and/or Demo Day?
Intense. Fun. Epic. What’s not to love?

What’s next for your product development?
We are continuing to develop & refine more games and signup new venues. At the EB Games Expo (Oct 4-6) we will be showcasing these games to the 30,000+ gamers that will visit over the 3 days.

What’s the grand future vision for what it could become?
Our aim is to use your SmartPhone, Buzzy.IO & games like Epic to enable a new world of social gaming.

Are you looking for people to help? If so, who/what do you need?
We are currently looking for rockstar developers (TypeScript, JS, ActionScript, C#) and designers who have an interest in mobile or social games and want to build amazing tools & content. Devs
& designers can reach out to us on twitter via @LimeRocketApps, LinkedIN, or our Facebook Page.

What’s happened with the project since Hackagong?
We are now running the Epic interactive games weekly at our flagship venue The Illawarra Brewery and have several others waiting to come online soon.

 

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Team Arts Eclectic / Hackagong 2013

September 6, 2013

Team name
Arts Eclectic

Team members
Stephen Mason, Sophia Dichomides, Fox Lee, Talen Lee, Geoff Murphy

How did the team meet?
Most of the team has known one another for years. But we did meet Geoff a few nights before the event at a Hackagong meetup.

What did you build at Hackagong?
At Hackagong we built the prototype for a 3D printable boardgame, called ‘Riggers’.

Why that idea and how did it come to you?
We pretty much came up with it on the day, in response to needing an idea that both appealed to us (boardgames) and used new technology (3D printers).

How was your weekend experience at Hackagong and/or Demo Day?
Pretty good, exciting and fun. It really showed us what we could achieve if we put our minds to it. (it was dam cold though :p)

What’s next for your product development?
The product is currently on the shelf until 3D printing technology catches up.

What’s the grand future vision for what it could become?
One of our group members is currently starting a table-top gaming business of his own, and, it is possible that, one day, ‘Riggers’ could become part of that business’s product range and people around the world could be playing it.

What’s happened with the project since Hackagong?
While we had a successful presentation at Demo-Day, the technological constraints mentioned above have meant that little has happened since then.

  

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Team CoLab / Hackagong 2013

September 5, 2013

Team name
CoLab

Team members
Jody Watts, Chris Reid, Tim Randall

How did the team meet?
At the Hackabar meet up the Thursday night before Hackagong!

What did you build at Hackagong?
We built CoLab – A website to facilitate the connection of people looking for projects and startups looking for skills

Why that idea and how did it come to you?
Tim was finding it hard to fill the skills gaps in his project ideas and asked a question. Why isn’t there a register of all the awesome people who are keen to work on new things improve their skills and have the chance of starting a successful company or change the local community for the better? Also information on local projects and startups is fragmented, how do all the people in Wollongong and UOW who want to work with startups find them? We created CoLab to solve this.

How was your weekend experience at Hackagong and/or Demo Day?
It was amazing because of the short period things happen fast, decisions have to be made quick! There was no time to waste.

What’s next for your product development?
Hopefully $5000 from UOW Pitch and a minimum viable product completed in December.

What’s the grand future vision for what it could become?
An extremely valuable tool for people who want to start companies by connecting like minded people with different skill sets, speeding up innovation and economic development in communities. The information hub for every startup community in every city on Earth and not just the startup community, a tool to help any interested person connect to projects/companies they are interested in.

 

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