December 11, 2017, 7:47 pm
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AWS HACKDAY; When hacking works to create solutions

It is not called a Hack Day for nothing. And Amazon Web Services (AWS)—a company whose mindset is firmly planted on constant innovation and creating opportunities for doing things differently—does this most ubiquitous of digital activities, in a most inventive way. 

Since its launch in March of 2006, AWS jumped from a Simple Storage Service to creating and deploying over 90 cloud services and counting, it’s grown into a very large, very successful platform used by everyone from casual individuals to large-scale companies. Amazon’s foray into the cloud has helped democratize development, giving everyone the same access to the host of tools they need to build robust web services at reasonable costs.

As part of this celebration of innovation, AWS hosted HackDay, one of its many hackathons, at their Asia Pacific headquarters in downtown Singapore on April 10, the day before the AWS Singapore Summit.

The event had 22 competing teams: 14 from companies (both small and large), 2 all-girl communities (The Data Girls & Coding Girls), 2 polytechnics (Republic Polytechnic & Singapore Polytechnic), 2 universities (The National University of Singapore & Nanyang University), and even a mother from Czechoslovakia.

As in any hackathon it was ideation to prototyping—creating technology solutions for real world problems, and using the versatile AWS platform to run the prototypes. 

The contestants were given an Intel Edison chip attached to a Groove Prototyping board to work with—the Groove board contained sensors and servos that could be controlled via the cloud through AWS. They were also each given an Amazon Echo unit for the voice and text-to-speech functions, a webcam, and an AWS IoT button, which functions much like Amazon’s Dash button. 

They were also given use of the AWS cloud services arsenal, with a particular focus on several key features including AWS Lambda, which is a compute service that lets users run their code and synchronize it with the rest of the other AWS services; Amazon Lex, which is a chatbot service used to build conversational interfaces that can be integrated with AWS’s other services and Amazon Polly , a text-to-speech service that can use custom pronunciation data and speak in accents, which can also used in conjunction with AWS interfaces; and Amazon Rekognition, an amazing image recognition service.

All of these, according to Alex Smith, Head of Media and Entertainment Architecture for AWS in Singapore, are to help reduce the complexity of the interfaces and makes them easier and more natural for users to interact with. And the ability of all of these services to communicate with each other and work together is what sets the AWS ecosystem apart. 

This HackDay began even before the 10th, as a week prior on March 29th, they were given a webinar to orient them to AWS’s services, and then on April 3 they had a pre-HackDay, where they were assisted in setting up their hardware. On the day itself, proceedings began at 8:30AM with a kickoff briefing, and then the hacking commenced. By 2:00PM, as members of the media were given an AWS and HackDay briefing and an IoT demonstration by both Mr. Smith and Olivier Klein (AWS’s Emerging Technologies Solution Architect for Southeast Asia), the contestants were still busy coding. And after nearly 12 hours of work, they then moved on to the presentations at around 8:30PM. Each team would demo their work in front of a panel of judges. 

“Everybody has a different way to put applications together,” said Mr. Smith of AWS, likening it to building legos. There is no prescribed way to put the bricks together, you simply pick and match what you need. This is the kind of thinking they were looking for in the winners, who were judged based on these criteria: How innovative their idea was, Its marketability and usefulness, how effective they were at utilizing AWS services, as well as user friendliness and the user experience. 

And what they came up with was truly innovative—these diverse groups of people all had equally diverse ideas for implementation: everything from indoor air quality sensors, medical services and devices to help patients with dementia, jogging planning assistants, to smart doorbells and home solutions for housewives.

Winnng ideas ranged from developing a smart doorbell service to a face recognition app, using IoT and Amazon Rekognition, to help dementia patients to agricultural robots.

There were two categories of winners: from the student group, and from the main group, and prizes included Kindle Fire tablets, AWS IoT buttons, and some AWS gift cards. 

For the student group, the team “4 Musketeers” bagged the prize, for their visual assistance device that translated medical information and reminded patients to take their medicines. In the main category, second place went to the group representing Singtel, who made an intelligent doorbell with facial recognition capabilities. And the grand prize winners were “DareDevils”, an Indian group who created an IoT solution to help farmers with their daily tasks.

According to them, they saw the hardships that farmers were facing and wanted to help ease the burden of their daily lives through automation and the cloud. Using their tech, farmers could control the watering and monitoring of their crops through a mobile app, making it more convenient to go about their chores without having to spend so much time and effort.

And this is AWS ultimate goal of HackDay—to both spur and showcase novel ideas that, if implemented, can further help bring about innovation and development, all through the cloud.
 
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