There was a decidedly kitschy vibe at the Battlehack Toronto event this year, according to a review video posted today by Braintree, a PayPal company acquired in 2013. Light-up bowties and silly hats helped build on a video game-character theme for the 24-hour hackathon.
The event, held July 18-19 at MaRS Discovery District, challenges teams of Torontonians to become the “The Ultimate Hacker For Good.”
As you might expect from a PayPal event, many of the idea revolved around digital payments and security and the top prize winners definitely fit that mould. However, the second and third place winners took a different angle on hacking for good, and developed ideas around the “toothbrushing experience” and patient health information.
These are the descriptions of the winners from the Battlehack Toronto website:
Alex Christodoulou, Christopher Larsen, Ernst Riemer, Maya Kenedy
Not Me is an app that puts you in control of your online identity. Thousands of accounts get compromised every day, without their owners knowing. The service knows that if someone is logging in from another country, or while I’m asleep or out for a run, that’s not me. Even if your passwords get compromised, NotMe protects you by blocking access and lets you know that someone tried to hack you. Through Braintree, Not Me allows users to pay for the protection service with PayPal or a credit card of their choice.
While I Brush
Adam Chan, Aldrich Wingsiong, Michal Wiszniewski, Nikita Tsytsarkin
While I Brush is a device/service that improves the toothbrushing experience by entertaining people while they brush, by playing videos for the the recommended amount of time to brush their teeth. The team created an IoT solution combining Arduino with a Windows tablet plus IR sensors to check when a tooth brush is placed or removed from its container. A premium subscription of $2.99/year, that would be paid via Braintree, builds an extended experience for the user.
Chris Cates, Jill Cates, Max Hartshorn
Doctors frequently make patient care decisions based upon incomplete, fragmented or out-of-date patient health information (e.g. “Kevin’s Mom is currently a patient in Mt. Sinai and her managing physician has requested that his family email him her most recent information, because that’s literally the best way for him to get access to it”). OpenMD targets this problem with an open digital health data platform that collects patient information from a broad range of diagnostic sources, and securely shares it within the patient’s “circle of care” – his or her family, as well as his/her treating healthcare professionals. As a patient you can get more personalized care, and as a doctor you can make the best possible patient decisions, if you both have access to the most up-to-date patient health information.