Dear hackers and wearable fans,
We are proud to announce the launch of the Techsylvania Workout: Hack-at-Home program! While some of you have attended our wearable & connected devices hackathon, we know there are still a lot of people who couldn’t join us, but would like to get their hands on some wearable devices and create a cool project.
Through this program we’d like to make these devices accessible to developers for a period of 2 weeks in which they can play around with them and come up with an innovative idea. These are the devices we are making available for the program in the 3 November 2015 – 1 February 2016 timeframe:
- Parrot Jumping Sumo
- Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider
- Withings Pulse
- Leap Motion
- The Eye Tribe Tracker
- Oculus VR DK2
- Jawbone UP
- Misfit Flash
- Onyx Beacon
How does it work?
- Every 2 weeks on Monday we are going to make available for coding a new set of devices available. After you decide which device you want to try, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line: ‘Techsylvania Workout – name of the device you have chosen e.g. Oculus’
- Tell us who you are (LinkedIn profile, also Github if you have an account), what project you’d like develop (1-2 phrases) and any questions you might have (if we haven’t answered them in the FAQ section)
- The same week, on Sunday, we’ll let you know if you’ve been selected to get the device
- We’ll meet next Monday and hand you the device for a 2 week period. We will need to sign a protocol, so please also bring a copy of your ID card.
|submit your ideas||borrowing confirmation||returning wearables|
|Parrot Jumping Sumo, Metawear, Pebble||3 November||8 November||23 November|
|Withings Pulse, Leap Motion, Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider||16 November||22 November||7 December|
|Sphero, The Eye Tribe Tracker, Onyx Beacon||30 November||6 December||21 December|
|Jawbone UP, Misfit Flash, Oculus VR DK2||11 January||17 January||1 February|
What’s in it for me?
- you can be one of the few people to develop some very interesting projects using these technologies (see what other developers in our community have built at the 1st & 2nd edition of the Techsylvania Hackathon: projects and winners from 2014; projects and winners from 2015)
- all projects that come out of this campaign will be featured on the Techsylvania blog and potentially in the national media (we’ll send out a press release)
if you decide you want to turn this project into a real startup, we can offer you support and connections to the local accelerators (and a few international ones), device manufacturers and mentors
- PRIZES: yes, we also have some of these: the best project receives an Alcatel smartphone / team, while 2nd and 3rd place get a Misfit Flash / team. All participating projects receives VIP tickets for next year’s Techsylvania conference, and hackathon tickets
- What if I want to work with the 3 devices that you have announced, not just one? Tell us what type of project you have in mind and how you’d see the three devices working together.
- Will everybody have the chance to get a device? Unfortunately, we have a limited number of devices and we need to select only a few people.
- Why do you need to know about the project I want to develop? Based on the wow factor and real life usability of the project you want to develop, we will decide which ones makes sense to be implemented.
- Who owns the intellectual property of the project? It’s your project and your code.
- Why do you need my ID card? Some of the devices are borrowed from the producers and some of them have been acquired by us, so it’s only fair that we have some sort of assurance we’ll get them back in a good shape.