Cash and Prizes were awarded to developer teams after a month-long Hackathon.
ATLANTA (November 2, 2015) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, today announced that Team Plant-eteers, who developed a solution for the Captain Planet Foundation, is the overall winner of the 2nd Annual Mobility Live Hack-Back Invitational.
The Mobility Live Hack-Back Invitational is a unique event whereby teams of hackers are invited to develop mobile solutions for national based non-profits in a competition for cash prizes and a chance to present their results to the plenary during Day 2 of Mobility Live 2015. Additionally, the overall winner has a chance to meet with the President & CEO of AT&T Mobility and the Weather Company’s technology team.
This year’s non-profits are Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, the Captain Planet Foundation and the National 4-H Council. One first-place team was selected per non-profit with an overall winner selected from the top 3 based on average points received from a panel of judges.
The overall winner, Team Plant-eteers, was represented by Jon Lathem. The team built a planter that has technology built into the device to collect data about the plant, data that is automatically stored to the Cloud and can be viewed on a mobile app. The app tracks soil moisture, temperature, humidity and allows for interactive comments about the plant’s health. The judges’ panel scored Team Plant-eteers high on functionality, intuitiveness and creativity for a project that integrates both hardware and software elements while being easy to use. Team Plant-eteers received $1500 in cash prizes and a change to meet with the CEO & President of AT&T Mobility.
Team SHARP and Team Isoptera are the first-place winners for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta and the National 4-H council, respectively. The two teams tied with an average of 19 points out of a possible 23 points. Judges felt that both projects had high viability and potential for impact. Team SHARP, represented by Pulkit Bhatnagar, created an app to engage BBBS alumni network. Team Isoptera, represented by Russell Endicott, built an app to take 4-H’s Entomology curriculum online using a dichotomous key. Each team received $1500 in cash prizes.
“We congratulate our winning teams, and all our participants in this year’s extremely strong competition,” stated TAG President/CEO Tino Mantella. “We look forward to seeing these solutions put to good use by our participating non-profits and we thank all of our sponsors, judges and volunteers who have made the Mobility Live Hackback Invitational possible.”
For a complete list of finalists and more information about Mobility Live HackBack: http://www.tagonline.org/news-press/finalistspresentsolutionstononprofitproblems2015mobilityliveconference/
About the Metro Atlanta Chamber
Everything we do at the Metro Atlanta Chamber is about building our economy and creating prosperity to help Atlanta thrive. Our board is made up of Atlanta’s top business leaders. Our professional staff serves more than 3,000 member companies that employ nearly 1 million workers. We focus on helping small businesses and mid-size companies grow, helping entrepreneurs get started, and recruiting companies nationally and internationally in our key industries: bioscience, clean technology, health IT, mobility, supply chain and advanced manufacturing, and technology. In public policy, we tackle critical issues to support infrastructure and quality of life. For members, we offer 200+ events and activities each year. In sports, MAC’s Atlanta Sports Council has helped drive almost $2 billion in economic impact through sporting events over the last 10 years. Visit our website at www.metroatlantachamber.com
About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 30,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.
The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 35 professional societies. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org.