This past weekend at the AT&T Developer Summit Hackathon, over 900 developers ascended on the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas to build apps utilizing the latest technologies and win some of the more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.
One of the teams, led by Octoblu co-founder, Chris Matthieu, built a very cool app that has the potential to save lives by shaving off critical minutes in life-threatening medical situations. While the app has many more potential practical applications, Chris and the team did a great job of combining several technologies for their “Uber for EMT’s” and “Nursery of Things” apps, both of which use Internet of Things technologies. The team ended up winning the Sensoria Devices – Sensoria Integration Challenge for their efforts.
Uber for EMTs uses accelerometer data from wearable sensors provided by Sensoria to detect dramatic acceleration changes by the user (such as a fall or bicycle accident). Leveraging Octoblu’s Internet of Things platform, the sensor triggers a Tropo-powered voice phone call to the potentially injured party and asks, using speech recognition, if the person is ok. If they say no, it automatically triggers a series of events to geo-locate them, find the nearest Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and sends the EMT Esri-powered map data to direct them to the patient, thus eliminating the need for an emergency dispatcher and potentially shaving off critical minutes in medical response times.
The Uber EMT and Nursery of Things teams consisted of: Cody Matthieu, Aaron Herres, Alisa Palson, Roy Van de Water, Moheeb Zara, Ben Imadali, Koshin Mariano, Shilpika Chowdhury, Andrew Stenheiser, Erik Wilson, Michael Haselton, and Chris Matthieu. Congrats to Chris and the whole team for their prizes! Check out the videos below for the demos!