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The Kandy myDevices Virtual IoT Hackathon Hosted on Collaborizm!

The Hackathon has Officially Begun! The Hackathon will run from November 3rd, 2016 until December 20th, 2016, when submissions are due! All enrolled teams can be found here: collaborizm.com/discover/kandymydeviceshack

Join us in NYC on the 13th! https://www.facebook.com/events/1191231077622536/ (pajamas or tech casual atire)

Teams Entered: 31 and counting!

User’s Participating: 257 and counting!

https://developer.kandy.io/ to see docs

Note: All participants must create an account on kandy.io & mydevices.com to be officially enter the Hackathon.

“The best way to predict the future, is to invent it” said Alan Kay, the famous American computer scientist whose software innovations paved the way for most of the apps we enjoy and use today.

The Collaborizm + Kandy + myDevices iOT Hackathon challenge embraces Kay’s philosophy by asking contestants to predict how two powerful technology trends - real-time communications & IoT - will be used together to create major technological innovations.

Contestants will be asked to “invent the future” specifically by using a cutting edge real time communications platform, Kandy.io, a cloud-based, comprehensive team communications API which incorporates real-time functionality (www.kandy.io) and myDevices Cayenne IoT Project Builder (http://www.cayenne-mydevices.com/) to build their hacks.

We’ve labeled this event a “Pajama” Hackathon as everything will be done virtually; there’s no reason to get out of your Pajamas!

We are also encouraging more advanced developers to integrate Kandy.io with hardware (i.e., Raspberry Pi) to create a hybrid telecom/IoT device/hack. Integrating a Raspberry Pi will not be a requirement, but will serve to enable teams to achieve additional points and prizes.

This Is How It Works Participants

The Hackathon will officially begin November 3rd, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Final submissions are due December 21st, 2016. There are 3 steps involved in being considered as an official participant

Start a Hackathon Project Team

  • Start a Project via www.collaborizm.com/start

  • Outline your initial idea and gameplan in your Project Story and Project Outline.

  • Make sure to Tag your Project as participating in the Hackathon by clicking JOIN on the “Hackathon Submission” Card inside your Project

  • Begin using Collaborizm Project tools to begin building your hack (see below the “Best Ways to Use Collaborizm to Build Your Hack”

  • Use Collaborizm.com/People to find new teammates by the skills your hack requires


Join a Hackathon Project Team

  • Find Hackathon teams on Collaborizm.com/Discover/Kandymydeviceshack

  • Ask questions on the discussion wall to find more about each team and the hacks they plan to build

  • You can message teammates and project leaders before you request to join

  • Request to join the project teams you would like to join

Submitting Your Hack

Hacks will be created, and submitted. Make sure to see submission rules below this section.

Note: All participants must create an account on kandy.io & mydevices.com to be considered as official participants.

Summary of Submission Rules

  • Can submit either a Discussion Post documenting your hack or a YouTube Video displaying your hack

  • Submissions are due December 20th, 2016 (see Detailed Timeline & Submission Section below)

Judges will evaluate all official submissions and awards will be given on January 8th, 2017.

Best Ways to Use Collaborizm to Build Your Hack

  • Collaborizm Projects come fully equipped with public discussion tools, and private chat.

  • Collaborizm Android app enables team to chat and work from anywhere.

  • Collaborizm discussions can dually be used to organize the tasks in your project as well as crowdstorm ideas from the greater Collaborizm Community.

  • Set scheduled times with your team to get online and Hack.

  • Don’t leave your pajamas! :)


SEE ALL HACKATHON TEAMS ON collaborizm.com/discover/kandymydeviceshack

(1) Raspberry Pi Video Calling
“Connecting Senior/Old person to the Technology. This device will give power and connectivity to the senior members of society leveraging Kandy technology.”

(2) Bot’s Warrior
Video Game Developer and Software Engineer, Piyush Aurora, is looking to create an awesome hack with Kandy. “The project is about creating the battleground for the robots using Kandy api.” Please join me!

(3) Stan’s Neuro Headphones
Stan is looking to work with his teammates to make a submission to the Hackathon. His team is rich with talent, and is looking for more passionate hackers that have ideas for how to use Kandy, and Stan’s existing work, to make a run at the main prize!

(4) Home Bot
Say you are not at home and a guest rings your doorbell and you wanna know who is there and also wanna receive him like you are actually there or say you live away from your family and wanna be with them like you are actually there. So, what would you do…!

Well, this robot might help you in some way, using this robot and the power of Kandy.io people will able to feel their presence somewhere else, they can move around the house, look at stuff around, talk to people via robot and even receive guests as it will also share connection between doorbell and robot.

(5) Kandybot
I’m developing Internet Controlled Multi-purpose robot. It’s called kandybot because it will be developed using kandy.io and specially for Hackathon(#kandyhack) . The robot can be controlled from android app through internet. From android app you can control the movement of robot as well as gripper’s. By using kandy.io API we can be able to watch the live video from robot. I already design the 3D model of the robot.

(6) Kandy Connected Automotives

The connected vehicle has been the most visible and familiar example of Internet of Things technology. But as cars become increasingly software-driven, the real IoT developments in the auto industry are behind the scenes, as automakers and software providers both lay claim to the driver’s seat.

Hackathon Prizes!

December 22nd, 2016 - January 8th, 2017 Judges will evaluate Hacks

The cash prizes for this event are as follows, but we believe the value of participating in terms of getting experience at competing in a hackathon and collaborating on a sophisticated tech task, and learning about real-time communications and IoT are in themselves worthy rewards!

1st place - $3,000 USD

2nd place - $1,000 USD

3rd place - $500 USD

Judges will determine how cash rewards are delegated across teams. That’s why it’s critical to keep major contributions on Collaborizm so we can see who is participating, and who isn’t!

Judging Criteria Overview


All of your submissions must be extremely clear and easy to follow (requirements below).

In addition to providing precise and easily understandable instructions as how to employ Kandy.io in your hack, you will be judged according to how effectively you convey your knowledge of programming, hardware and IoT to aspiring makers-engineers and developers, depending on how your hack is constructed.

Finally, as far as subjective judging criteria, hacks evidencing the most imaginative and bold thinking will be duly recognized. Now, to the objective criteria by which your hack will be evaluated.

In order to be considered for the prizes, a fully functioning app that makes a Kandy.io API call must be demonstrated.

Some General Things We’re Looking For

  • Creativity and outside of the box thinking

  • Unique ways to leverage real time communications technology (Kandy.io) and myDevices Cayenne IoT Project Builder http://www.cayenne-mydevices.com/

  • Demonstration of how Kandy.io and technologies can be used in the future in creative ways

  • Use case of the Hack

  • Strong collaboration skills and ability to work well with teammates

Judging Criteria for your Hack Submissions

  • Judges will give priority to teams who have physically built or coded something. Meaning teams that are purely in the idea stage will obviously rank behind any hack that has been built in some way, shape, or form.

  • You will be judged by the use case of the hack (e.g., how effective it is) and the problem it solves (50%) (must demonstrate the ability to leverage Kandy.io technology)

  • You will be judged by the clarity and effectiveness of the written submission of your hack (50%) only one is required (written submission or video)


  • You will be judged by the clarity and effectiveness of the video submission of your hack (50%) only one is required (written submission or video)

Example of a Submission (Written Discussion): A discussion post outlining to precision every step involved in constructing your hack. Images of your projects must be included at major steps in the Project. At least one team member should be in the pictures!

Example of a Submission (YouTube Video): A YouTube video outlining to precision every step involved in constructing your hack. At least one team member should be in the video.

The Judges

Judy Shapiro, CEO, EngageSimply

Judy Shapiro’s career has been characterized by her relentless pursuit of marketing momentum. Throughout her career, she consistently was first to explore leading edge marketing practices, for instance, championing integrating direct mail with in-store promotions and advertising, not a common practice at the time.

Don DeLoach, CEO, Infobright

CEO with a proven track record of success managing high growth B2B technology companies. Strong leader with a dedication to serving customers and extensive experience in global marketplaces. Held numerous corporate director and board positions including Chairman of Apropos, Inc. Dedicated to both professional and community service, serving on the executive board of the Illinois Technology Association, as well as a board member for the Juvenile Protective Association. Two biggest passions in life: Internet of Things and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Thom Jordan, CEO, Ping Mobile

Presently serving as CEO at Ping Mobile, a digital marketing agency since 2000, with teams throughout the US, Israel, and Australia.

Urvi Bhandari, Brand & Innovation Strategist

I have spent a large part of my life building bridges to connect the dots across the globe: ideas, people, places and things. I am a connector and community builder!

Akshay Sharma, Ex Nortel Engineer

Gartner Inc. - Research Director, Carrier Network Infrastructure, Converged Infrastructure

Carl Ford, IoT Evolution World Producer and IoT Thought Leader

As a partner at Crossfire Media, Carl is developing programs that bring to light an understanding of the issues required for delivering broadband wireless Internet services with existing technologies and facilitated by a variety of smart end user devices. As a board member of the VON Coalition, Carl runs weekly phone calls to communicate the latest regulatory issues affecting the entire industry.

Indrajit Ghosh, CEO, Atlas Communications

Atlas assists businesses in transforming, protecting, and managing their Unified Communications platforms.

Official Hackathon Mentors

Kandy Mentors

Alex Donn

Collaborizm Mentors

Robert Lancer
Lead Developer and Chief Technology Officer at Collaborizm

Anton Voltchok
Lead Designer and Mobile Developer at Collaborizm

myDevices Mentors

Benny Estes, Cayenne Product Manager

“Entrepreneur, Athlete, Maker, and Product Manager at myDevices. You can find Benny interacting with the Cayenne community and driving the product roadmap at community.mydevices.com. Join Cayenne’s IoT community at community.mydevices.com!”

Timeline & Submission Rules & Deliverables (details)

Deliverable Requirements for your Submissions

Written Discussion Post

  • Should outline all parts and steps used to construct the hack
  • This documentation must include screenshots of your hack in action
  • The documentation should be used to completely reconstruct your hack
  • No length limitations
  • Must be submitted as Collaborizm Discussion from your Project


YouTube Video

  • Should outline all parts and steps used to construct the hack
  • The video should be used to completely reconstruct your hack
  • No restrictions on length
  • Must be submitted inside a Collaborizm Discussion from your Project

Submit your Written Documentation OR YouTube video of your working prototype to your Collaborizm Project by December 20th, 2016

Resources Provided: Raspberry Pi 3 Kits & Mentors

Kandy.io will provide Raspberry Pi 3 kits (rpi board, extender board and webcam) to up to 20 teams the judges see fit to receive this free hardware. This will be based on team strength, and idea pitches.

Contestants will also have access to mentors who have expertise with Kandy.io, or with Raspberry Pi, or IoT, or some combination thereof. Note: contestants are not required to use Raspberry Pi; use it if you’d like to but it’s up to you how to display your mastery of Kandy.io

Cayenne software is also freely available at www.cayenne-mydevices.com

We advise contestants to use mentors to advise them on their written tutorials (instructions) and video presentations, and to review how the team has done to fulfill each of the following criteria which judges will use to evaluate submissions. The mentors are listed below.


Am I required to start a Project on the Collaborizm?

Submissions must come from a Collaborizm Project. So participants can either START new projects, JOIN existing projects.

Can I use a previous project team of mine to enter the Hackathon?

Yes. Absolutely. All that is required is that the Project is tagged with #KandymyDevicesHack.

Do I need a team to participate?

No. You are not required to have a team; however, it will be considered in the judging criteria. The more robust the team, the better we expect the hacks to be.

Am I required to use Hardware in my hack?

No you are not.

How do I ask additional questions about the Hackathon?

You should post a question post on the Kandy.io Hackathon Project here.

Where can I receive more information on Kandy.io’s suite?

See the Kandy API Section Below.

The Hackathon Host: Collaborizm

The Hackathon will be hosted by (on) Collaborizm, an online collaborative workspace for makers-engineers-hackers-aspiring entrepreneurs & creatives {www.collaborizm.com}. Collaborizm enables users to quickly team up and immediately begin to discuss ideas, work on projects, and help others out in the community.

Unlike show & tell maker sites, Collaborizm is focused on creating a place for makers and hackers to actually collaborate on the things they are building virtually. Collaborizm is also focused on enabling users to build up their online credentials to help users kickstart their careers and find paid work opportunities.

The Collaborizm team will be available during the hackathon by posting questions to The Collaborizm Tech project, though it’s a small team so please be patient for replies to any questions about using the platform you might have.

Kandy & Implementing it in Your Hacks

For extensive Kandy documentation, please visit https://developer.kandy.io/


Kandy is a communications Platform-as-a-Service

Kandy was created to help companies embed communications right into the software applications and web applications that are part of their workflow and how they do business – with the same communication options and convenience that mobile devices provide for their customers and employees in their person lives. With Kandy, communication becomes more immediate and contextual resulting in better business outcomes.

GENBAND’s Kandy communications Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a real time software development platform built from GENBAND’s core communications, presence, security and real time technologies. Kandy enables service providers, enterprises, software vendors, systems integrators, partners and developers to enrich their applications and services with real time contextual communications, providing a more engaging user experience. With Kandy, companies of all sizes and types can quickly embed real time communications capabilities into their existing applications and business processes. For more information visit kandy.io.

What Kandy Offers

  • APIs and SDKs so you can add communications anywhere

  • Cloud Unified Communications to the largest service providers and enterprises around the globe

  • Lightweight apps or Kandy Wrappers that are pre-packaged, fully functional software applications that you can deliver standalone or insert into your website or application to embed real time communications capabilities

  • Consumer OTT apps for mobile devices

Using the myDevices Cayenne Platform

myDevices Cayenne and implementing in your hacks: http://www.cayenne-mydevices.com/

myDevices, an IoT solutions company, is the creator of Cayenne, the world’s first drag-and-drop IoT Project Builder, which enables customers to bring their IoT projects from prototype to mass production.

The company also hosts a vibrant online community of IoT developers where users collaborate and share information. myDevices’ connectivity and device-agnostic technology empowers engineers and enterprise partners to easily develop and deploy IoT solutions into their existing infrastructure and business.

For more information please visit www.myDevices.com

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