Saturday wrapped up the First Annual Edgecase + Leap Motion Hackathon that kicked off on February 21st at Austin’s center of all things entrenpreneurial, Capital Factory. Teams were asked to create experiential apps using the Leap Motion device and aligned with one of three themes — Discovery, Gaming or Design.
We (and the local news!) were intrigued and delighted with some of the directions that the hackers took with their apps. One especially interesting direction was a virtual driving game that included a viewing device made from cardboard, magnifying glasses, duct tape and a smartphone, essentially creating an oculus rift.
Finalists demoed their projects and the winner was announced last Saturday at a party at the Capital Factory during SXSW interactive. Our judges, Garrett Eastham of Edgecase, Josh Baer of Capital Factory, William Hurley of Chaotic Moon Studios, Jon Loyens of HomeAway, and Avinash Dabi from Leap Motion, along with the 75 party attendees had a great time trying out each of the applications.
When judging was complete, it was Team PolyDrop that prevailed. Their addictive game felt like a modern take on Pong, testing your skills at controlling a balance bar with your hand in an attempt to catch shapes dropping faster and faster from the sky. Here’s a look.
The PolyDrop app is eligible to be accepted into Leap Motion’s Airspace app store, and the team of Josh Kelle, Dallas Kelle and Matt Broussard will receive a full Unity3D Professional license plus get an interview with the Leap AXLR8R for consideration in their next class. The accelerator program provides members with a $25,000 stipend and mentorship from experts such as John Underkoffler (UI designer behind Minority Report), and design & innovation consulting firm IDEO, amongst others.
Events like this are why we live and work in Austin. We’ve got amazing companies that thrive on innovation and building up our community of young entrepreneurs. We can’t wait for the 2nd Annual Hackathon!