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QuickActions Wins The Disrupt SF 2015 Hackathon Grand Prize, PitchPal And Harvest Are Runners Up

QuickActions Wins The Disrupt SF 2015 Hackathon Grand Prize, PitchPal And Harvest Are Runners Up

QuickActions Wins The Disrupt SF 2015 Hackathon Grand Prize, PitchPal And Harvest Are Runners Up
September 20
23:51 2015

It’s been a long night at Pier 70 in San Francisco. Yesterday, hundreds of hackers spent the day in front of their laptops even though it was a beautiful Summer day. That’s because they all took part in my favorite competition — the Disrupt SF Hackathon. Some of them were participating in our event for the first time, while others were regular hackers. Their challenge was to come up with a neat, funny and smart hack in just 24 hours.

We could all feel the excitement in the air when the 167 teams took the stage to present a short one-minute demo to impress fellow hackers and our judges. But only one team could take home the grand prize and $5,000. So, without further ado, meet the Disrupt SF 2015 Hackathon winner.

Winner: QuickActions

QuickActions is a 3D touch alternative. It’s a virtual button that lets you preview links, use shortcuts and more. For instance, when you hover over LinkedIn, you get actions — “Your Profile, Updates and Compose.” Choosing “Your Profile” opens your profile directly which was otherwise 3 or 4 taps away.

The team used Android Overlays and reverse engineered popular android apps to discover their deep links. It’s pretty neat. Find this app in the Play Store in the coming weeks.

Runner-Up #1: PitchPal

PitchPal helps you improve your public speaking by accurately recording and transcribing your speech, which is very helpful when you are… pitching a hack at a hackathon. It also helps you fine tune your delivery of your pitch, speech or presentation by providing helpful analytics and feedback. PitchPal was built using Google’s Speech API.

Runner-Up #2: Harvest

Harvest is a cheap crop stress detector that cost less than $50 to build. It prevents crop loss caused by water stress. It’s a modified point and shoot camera with the infrared filter removed and a new filter put in. It can fly on a drone, plane, or in our case, a balloon.

Harvest also provides a web app that processes these infrared images and shows “hotspots” and allows you to compare originals with the analyzed images, and compare your crops over time.

Our software also pulls in Landsat imagery, weather, and makes smart suggestions.

Hackathon Judges

Tom Coates

Co-founder, Thington Inc.

Tom Coates is the co-founder of Thington Inc. – focused on new ways to interact with the Internet of Things. Before that he was Head of Product for the Yahoo Brickhouse incubator where he created the Fire Eagle location-sharing platform. He’s also developed new products for many other companies, including the BBC, UpMyStreet, Time Out, and Jawbone. You can find Tom on Twitter @tomcoates.

Gayle Laakmann McDowell

Founder/CEO of & Author of Cracking the Coding Interview

Gayle Laakmann McDowell is the founder/CEO of and the author of Cracking the Coding Interview, Cracking the PM Interview, and Cracking the Tech Career. As a previous software developer and interviewer for Google, Microsoft, and Apple, she now works with tech companies to improve their hiring process and with startups to coach them through acquisition interviews. She is passionate about solving technical problems and helping build excellent technical teams. You can find Gayle on Twitter @gayle.

Christina LaMontagne

General Manager and Founder of Health at NerdWallet

christinaChristina is a Harvard-trained expert on consumer health, hospital price transparency + health insurance. She founded the Health business at NerdWallet because medical bills are the leading driver of personal bankruptcy in America. Nerdwallet content, award-winning tools and high-touch service empower consumers to live better lives. You can find Christina on Twitter @lamontagne_c.

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