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Hack the North a monumental success

Monday, September 22, 2014

From a smart lock that integrates with Facebook to a virtual bowling game Hack the North produced impressive results. One thousand students from Canadian, U.S. and international universities — and some high school students — took part in the 36-hour event, the largest hackathon to ever be held this side of the border. 

Below is a list of winners along with photos and sentiments from Twitter that provide a glimpse into the weekend.

Sign Lang one of the winnersHack the North winners

Open Pokemon, a GPS-enabled Pokemon game that uses Thalmic Labs' Myo technology and voice command.

Botscape, a complex multi-player artificial intelligence game.

Lend, the Airbnb for things, which lets you rent items from people in your area and pay online with a credit card or Bitcoin.

Pin Point, an application that helps friends find you when you send a picture of where you are.

Remember All, which stores and automatically categorizes your images and video. Advanced search capabilities use image and audio recognition algorithms.

Space Bowl, a virtual bowling game that uses the Thalmic Myo and an Oculus Rift.

Silicon Man, a team of one that strapped an iPhone to the face and hacked together an AI reminder, flashlight, binoculars, and boom box app, all controlled without touching the screen.

Flock, a smart lock that integrates with Facebook and allows your Facebook friends to enter your home if they scan their Facebook profiles when entering.

Guava, which allows hospitals to upload genome scans and cross reference the Human Phenotype Ontology for accurate diagnoses.

Pinpnt.me, a web-based app that sends a link to your GPS location without a login or requiring personal info.

Sign Lang, which uses Leap Motion technology and Thalmic's Myo to recognize the different gestures of sign language.

Story: Hack the North — 36 hours, 1,000 students and hundreds of awesome ideas

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