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Code For India Hackathon

May 16, 2014

For the third time, my daughter and I teamed-up for a Hackathon. This time it was at Google for the “Code For India” Hackathon. The goal of the Hackathon was to create solutions to solve challenges related to problems in India. We picked the challenge related to advancing financial literacy for kids through gamification. Our Read More

Mojio-Hertz Hackathon

April 6, 2014

My daughter and I teamed-up at the Mojio/Hertz Hackathon at NestGSV Silicon Valley yesterday. Our app — GoodGaadi — was the winner of the Social category. It uses real-time telematics to aggregate driving data to the Cloud. It then scores the data and enables individuals to have a safer driving competition with friends, family and colleagues. It’s the Read More

Microsoft Big Data Hackathon

February 9, 2014

My daughter made her hackathon debut at Microsoft’s “Big Data Hackathon” yesterday+today. We used San Francisco parking meter data, map-reduced it with Hadoop and created Meterzilla — a site that helps you identify parking meters that are within walking distance of your destination (based on how many minutes you are willing to walk). It was Read More

Facebook/Parse Mobile Hackathon

November 14, 2013

My team’s app “HiveHere” won third place at the Facebook/Parse Mobile Dev Day Hackathon. Wooohoooo!!! HiveHere is an app that uses Bluetooth Low-energy to automatically match persons with similar interests at a conference.