Hack Upstate XIV: The Results Are In

TCGplayer is proud to be the presenting sponsor for #HackUpstateXIV. As a company founded in Downtown Syracuse, they’re thrilled for the opportunity to support the local tech community and help developers expand their knowledge.
Photos courtesy of Annaliese at Artemis Photography

Grand Prize

Fat Foot Feetball was our $1000 Grand Prize winning team! Trevor Martin, Jingfu Chen, Jason and Jaiden Scharf, Josh Kraines, and Anthony DiCarlo created a 2D soccer game inspired by a flash game from their younger years. It allows two friends to go head to head in a best-of-seven soccer match, built on Unity using a 2D game template.

Photos courtesy of Annaliese at Artemis Photography

First Runner Up

Our First Runner Up for the $500 prize was the team behind Drone Visualization Environment, visualization software for threaded drones managed by a database. It allows for later implementation of different pathing and swarming algorithms by supporting a server of threaded drones to simulate drones flying together and visualize them using Unity.

Photos courtesy of Annaliese at Artemis Photography

TCGPlayer API Prize

Bill Taylor was the winner of TCGPlayer’s API Prize of a $200 Amazon gift card, using the API in a simple storefront user interface.

Photos courtesy of Annaliese at Artemis Photography

Best Use of Open Data

The $100 winner of our open data award went to the DriverPal team — Liam Wong, Nafin Rahman, and Ali Hamze—who used open data on car mileage (both city and highway averages) to determine who has the most cost-friendly car among your group of friends to get to your destination.

Photos courtesy of Annaliese at Artemis Photography

Best Hardware Hack

This $100 prize went to the team behind WhaccAttacc, an inexpensive automatic drum trigger you can use to jam with your friends when resources are limited.

Photos courtesy of Annaliese at Artemis Photography

Best Effort Hack

The judges awarded the $100 Best Effort Hack award to Gavin Isgar and his team for the web app, Glance. Gavin has several friends who use the live-streaming video service Twitch and report difficulty in configuring bots for moderating their Discord server.

Lessons Learned

At the end of each hackathon, we ask participants to share feedback on what worked and what didn’t so we can make improvements for the next event.

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