ECIM Unleashes Student Innovation at Birmingham Hackathon
On 24-25 October 2015 ECIM participated as Silver Sponsor in BrumHack, a 24 hour student hackathon that was attended by more than 150 students from across the UK. The event was run as a hack in the Major League Hacking UK Fall season, and was held for the third time by the organisers, three Birmingham University Students. Students had 24 hours to build innovative and catchy apps using sponsors’ data and APIs. ECIM captured the imagination of three students – all from different universities: Birkbeck, Birmingham and King’s – who used, inetr alia, Brompton data service published on the ECIM platform to produce a cycling safety app VibeCycle.
VibeCycle is a GPS app that guides cyclists from A to B with vibrations. All the cyclists need to do is simply enter a destination and let themselves be guided to it through a series of vibration patterns. One vibration means a cyclist should turn left, two right. A multitude of other simple vibration patterns can be added to give an even better user experience, for example vibrating for 3 seconds to indicate re-routing due to a missed turn, or another variation for an upcoming roundabout.
Each student that worked on this amazing app received a prize, a RPi 2 kit, and an invitation to collaborate closely on similar projects in the future.