10/13/2014 by | 1 Comment
(Image of BeaverDash via Zoe Sheinkopf, Technique)
Over the first weekend in October, MIT held its biggest hackathon yet. Hundreds of undergraduates set up camp for HackMIT with a shot at a potential prize of up to $4,000. Fitbit—along with other services including Uber, Google Places, and DirecTV—provided its API for participants to create cutting-edge tech.
BeaverDash, the winning team, created a Web application that alerts students when free food or items are being offered, where and how long it would take to get to them.
From BostInno: “The team used MIT’s free food and reuse mailing lists as their proof-of-concept, alerting individuals when an email is sent to those lists. BeaverDash then displays the free items on a Google map, with estimated travel times, as well as walking and biking directions. For users who choose to walk or bike, BeaverDash is integrated with the Fitbit API, meaning they can receive customized calculations on how many calories would be burned getting to the free items, as well as store their activity to their Fitbit log with a single click.”
Pretty cool, huh? Congrats to team BeaverDash. You can read more about HackMIT here.