Enter the Physical Web.
The main theme of this hackathon will be the idea of the “physical web” – how the Internet and technology interface with the world around us and can help improve our lives. There are three distinct categories of the physical web this hackathon will focus on: Sensor Journalism, The Quantified Self, and Smart Buildings.
Data is all around us, from the air we breathe to roads we use to get to work. By collecting this data using a network of sensors, you are able to measure and predict patterns about our environment. How will you use data to tell a story?
Various projects involving sensor journalism include monitoring greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and toxins in water. A technical presentation and workshop will be held to educate hackers on the D3.js toolkit and the amazing benefits it can offer in making your data easy to read and incredible to show off!
Mentors will be on-hand to help with your sensor journalism hack and assist you with your hardware and software questions.
The Quantified Self
Our bodies produce billions of points of data every single day. Wearable technology allows us to access more data about our vitals than ever before. How does tracking our steps, location and heart rate enable us to have greater insights about our health?
The Internet of Things is the biggest revolution in tech in the past ten years. Thermostats, smoke alarms, light bulbs and even washing machines can now talk to our phones and to each other. How does this greater connectivity allow our home to work for our benefit?