The ClueCon Coder Games, happening August 7 in Chicago, is a special niche within the hackathon universe that tackles the greatest challenges facing the telecom industry. The event is made up of four challenges: the Raspberry Pi Bake-off, Code Fights, the API Challenge, and FreeCYCLED Hacks, providing developers with a variety of opportunities to win some cool prizes. APIs, documentation, IoT devices and industry experts are provided, you just have to bring yourself, coding skills, and an awesome idea.
With the rise of personal assistants, connected homes and cities running on technology, the options are endless for what you can build. To help spark your creativity we pulled together a few project ideas from the Flowroute Team:
- Echo & Two-factor authentication (2FA)
- The ability to purchase an item from Amazon with Alexa has opened up a whole new world of convenience. Completing all your holiday shopping from the couch without ever opening a computer, now that’s innovation. However, the rise of devices managed through voice commands brings new security concerns to the table that common fraud checks like reCAPTCHA and 2FA can’t solve. An app that integrates with your IoT device and your phone would ensure that no fraudulent orders are placed. For example, once an order is placed through your Echo device the device would call or text your predefined number with a one-time code that you then say out loud to authorize the purchase. This not only verifies that you intended to make the purchase but also ensures that you will be alerted if someone else is attempting to make a fraudulent purchase.
- Raspberry Pi & Water Sensors
- No one likes having a dishwasher full of dirty dishes, only to realize that there is not a drop of dish soap left in the bottle. With two simple tools, a Raspberry Pi and a Flowmeter, this problem is easily solved. By hooking up the two devices, you can measure how much water is coming through the valve, and based off of a calculation of how much water and dish soap you use per load the device will alert you when you are running low. The device can also be programmed to text you an alert, call your phone or integrate directly with your Amazon Echo shopping list.
- SkyBell Camera and Home Security
- Whether you are home or not, an unexpected visitor at the door can cause alarm. By integrating a communications API with a simple security camera you can program the motion activated camera to MMS you a picture of your front door or the monitored area when the motion sensors are activated. The app can also be designed to take action based on your reply. No response means take no action, texting “5” will have the app alert you in 5 minutes if the visitor is still there, and texting “Security” will immediately activate your home’s security system.
We can’t wait to see the innovative projects you come up with! Haven’t bought your ClueCon ticket? You’re in luck, use the code “CCFlowrouteThankYou2017” for $300 off your ticket price. See you in Chicago, and may the odds be ever in your favor.