News Feed Item

Logic PD Hackathon Contestants Create Internet of Things Solutions in 24 Hours

Nine teams comprised of Logic PD designers and engineers and University of Minnesota student engineers addressed real world challenges and uncovered new insights on how Internet of Things (IoT) technology can help improve people’s lives during the Logic PD Acme-thon, April 23-24. The teams worked for 24 hours to create IoT solutions using publically available datasets and application programming interfaces (APIs). Their tools included the SeeControl IoT cloud platform, the Intel Galileo Arduino development board, and even 3D printing.

The teams’ efforts were evaluated Thursday, April 24, by a team of judges who selected three teams as winners of this competition. First place went to the Toothacks, second to Distributed Bike Share and third to One Ring Buffer to Rule Them All. The LabViewers won the Fan Favorite chosen by all attendees.

“The Acme-thon demonstrated just how much can be accomplished in 24 hours with a small team of multi-disciplinary experts,” says Scott Nelson, chief technology office and executive vice president. “These teams proved that real world applications can be developed and demonstrated using tools and process that dramatically shorten the concept-to-market cycle. All of the solutions developed have the potential to be further refined and made market ready in a short period of time.”

Toothhacks team members were Logic PD designers and engineers Brian Clemens, Dan Slotman, Mark Herscher and Joe Schneider. They created the Impact Brush, an electric tooth brush that tracks metrics including the length of time spent brushing, the angles used and how often one uses the tooth brush. It collects the data in the cloud and sends reports with helpful tips to improve usage. It was deemed an ideal application for parents teaching youngsters good oral health habits.

The second spot went to the University of Minnesota two-man team of Jim Crist and Ryan Madson who developed a solution for bike sharing. Their solution combines the tracking and locking system with a cloud based asset management application to create an infrastructure-free sharing platform. Distributed Bike Share allows the rider to use their smart phone to do an online search for the bike nearest their location, reserve it, pick it up and ride it to another destination without having to return it to a predetermined location. This approach distributes bikes in various areas of a city rather than being clustered in a few locations.

One Ring Buffer to Rule Them All created a multi-modal security platform for card purchases using NFC (near field communication) authentication combined with camera imaging. Logic PD team members, Kevin Holland, Luke Buer, Matt Hilden and Erik Johnson developed a card swiping system that photographs users at the point of sale and sends the photo along with the card data to the cloud. From there it is linked to the cardholder’s accounts showing not only what was purchased and the price but also a photograph of the purchaser. Suspicious purchases are sent to the smartphone of the cardholder making it possible that the holder may be alerted to an unauthorized user even before the bank has time to warn them.

The judges based their decisions on three factors:

  • Quality of Idea (Includes creativity and originality of the idea, quality of insights gained through data analysis, and potential to address the identified problem)
  • Implementation of Idea (Includes how well the idea was executed by the team, how well the application integrates sensor data and APIs, and how well the user experience is considered)
  • Potential Impact (Includes the extent to which the application will impact Logic PD vertical markets. Does it have the potential to create value?)

Judging was done by Scott Nelson, chief technology officer and executive vice present, Logic PD; Parthesh Shastri, vice president, customer success and strategy; Gary Johnson, president, MSP Communications; Fred Rose, director, Acara Challenge, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota, and Ali Dioury, marketing development manager, Intel.

The fan favorite was a curling stone measurement system demonstrated by the LabViewers. Their device used solid state accelerometers and gyros to measure the trajectory of a curling stone so that both team members and coaches can monitor team throws and provide coaching on improving curling skills. The LabViewers innovated for their demonstration by mobilizing an appropriately heavy landscape block and then showed the trajectory of the “stone” on an overhead view of the curling “ice sheet.”

Winning team members received prizes such as DSO Quad - Pocket Digital Oscilloscope, Pebble Smart Watch, Intel Galileo development board, Intel Centrino WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0, Sensor Package, Apple TV or cash equivalents.

About Logic PD
Logic PD collaborates with clients to help them launch products that accelerate their growth and capture value in the Internet of Things (IoT). Logic PD helps at any stage in the product lifecycle by being the complete product innovation and product realization company for connected devices in the world’s most demanding markets. From system integration expertise to embedded and connected device offerings, Logic PD helps its clients identify opportunities, reduce risk, and control costs to deliver innovative products to market faster. The company is headquartered in Minneapolis, with offices in Boston and San Diego.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
@DevOpsSummit New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises - and delivering real results.
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Dez Blanchfield joined the faculty of CloudEXPO's "10-Year Anniversary Event" which will take place on November 11-13, 2018 in New York City. Dez is a strategic leader in business and digital transformation with 25 years of experience in the IT and telecommunications industries developing strategies and implementing business initiatives. He has a breadth of expertise spanning technologies such as cloud computing, big data and analytics, cognitive computing, m...
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Kevin Jackson joined the faculty of CloudEXPO's "10-Year Anniversary Event" which will take place on November 11-13, 2018 in New York City. Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized cloud computing expert and Founder/Author of the award winning "Cloud Musings" blog. Mr. Jackson has also been recognized as a "Top 100 Cybersecurity Influencer and Brand" by Onalytica (2015), a Huffington Post "Top 100 Cloud Computing Experts on Twitter" (2013) and a "Top 50 C...
There is a huge demand for responsive, real-time mobile and web experiences, but current architectural patterns do not easily accommodate applications that respond to events in real time. Common solutions using message queues or HTTP long-polling quickly lead to resiliency, scalability and development velocity challenges. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ryland Degnan, a Senior Software Engineer on the Netflix Edge Platform team, will discuss how by leveraging a reactive stream-based protocol,...
Enterprises have taken advantage of IoT to achieve important revenue and cost advantages. What is less apparent is how incumbent enterprises operating at scale have, following success with IoT, built analytic, operations management and software development capabilities - ranging from autonomous vehicles to manageable robotics installations. They have embraced these capabilities as if they were Silicon Valley startups.
Daniel Jones is CTO of EngineerBetter, helping enterprises deliver value faster. Previously he was an IT consultant, indie video games developer, head of web development in the finance sector, and an award-winning martial artist. Continuous Delivery makes it possible to exploit findings of cognitive psychology and neuroscience to increase the productivity and happiness of our teams.
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.
As DevOps methodologies expand their reach across the enterprise, organizations face the daunting challenge of adapting related cloud strategies to ensure optimal alignment, from managing complexity to ensuring proper governance. How can culture, automation, legacy apps and even budget be reexamined to enable this ongoing shift within the modern software factory? In her Day 2 Keynote at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Aruna Ravichandran, VP, DevOps Solutions Marketing, CA Technologies, was jo...
Predicting the future has never been more challenging - not because of the lack of data but because of the flood of ungoverned and risk laden information. Microsoft states that 2.5 exabytes of data are created every day. Expectations and reliance on data are being pushed to the limits, as demands around hybrid options continue to grow.
Business professionals no longer wonder if they'll migrate to the cloud; it's now a matter of when. The cloud environment has proved to be a major force in transitioning to an agile business model that enables quick decisions and fast implementation that solidify customer relationships. And when the cloud is combined with the power of cognitive computing, it drives innovation and transformation that achieves astounding competitive advantage.
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...