Posts Tagged ‘hackathon’


Tue Jan 8 2013, 4:16pm

By caseorganic




Esri/Geoloqi/Foursquare Hackathon Recap from San Francisco!

Geoloqi/Esri had a great time at the Foursquare Hackathon this weekend! Not only did tons of people show up to hack (over 200 globally, 100 at the NYC office, and around 50 at the SF office), we got to hang out with our friends Jim Young and Bronwyn Agrios from Esri’s SF office!

Together we built interesting stuff, saw interesting hacks, and met lots of new people.

Kyle Drake shows the output of the NASDAQ API to a hackathon participant

Esri/Geoloqi platform developer Kyle Drake (top right) shows the output of the NASDAQ API to a hackathon participant.

Jim and Bronwyn

Jim Young and Bronwyn Agrios (top right) from the Esri SF get a demo from a fellow hackathon participant.

Winner of the Esri/Geoloqi prize at Foursquare Hackathon

We awarded an iPad prize to Leah Vaughan (second from left) for her great use of an Esri map! Her app was called “Stuck at the Airport”. It recommends interesting places/things to see around you when you’re in transit areas (train satins, airports, rest stops, etc.).

Also, Kyle Drake, Aaron Parecki and I put together a hack using the NASDAQ and Foursquare APIs called NASDAQ Facts (below).

NASDAQ Facts for Foursquare tells you the stock price of every public company you check into. Stock markets are about more than numbers. Discover which places on Foursquare you visit are public companies, get information on how they are doing, and learn more about them by clicking on a link. The information automatically appears on your Foursquare app after checking into a place! (We ended up winning a flying shark for this hack!).

We finished our hacking early, so Kyle Drake hung out in the Foursquare office hammock.

See you next time!

You can see a list of all the Foursquare Hackathon projects here, as well as the local winners and global winners! If you’d like to build cool stuff with us in the future, let us know! Who knows? We may soon be coming to a hack day near you!

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(You can find Jim and Bronwyn at SF’s Hatchery!)


Thu Jan 3 2013, 2:14pm

By Aaron Parecki




Join Geoloqi and Esri at the Foursquare Hackathon in San Francisco!

The Foursquare Hackathon returns this weekend! Come build great connected apps using Geoloqi‘s Geotrigger platform (now a part of Esri!) this Saturday January 5th at Foursquare HQ in SF. Today is the last day to sign up!

View from Foursquare SF Offices


Build something amazing and you might just find yourself ringing the NASDAQ closing bell, rocking tickets to SXSW, partying with an action figure version of yourself, or wearing the infamous foursquare hackathon TITLE BELT.

What tech can you use?

Interested in adding location-based messaging to an app? How about getting an alert when you are around items on you Foursquare todo list? Start with the Geoloqi SDK for iPhone or Android, then max it out with Esri maps, intelligent routing, geocoding and more. Consider what your app could do if it knew where it was all the time then add the awesomeness of Foursquare to the picture.

Check out the other ideas on the Hackathon Wishlist that require alerts based on proximity or dwell time.

Sign Up!

You can get a head start on this weekend by signing up for a free account on, checking out our GitHub repository, and downloading our sample apps from the Apple or Android app stores (for the frequent flier, try Everyday City which lets you automatically share the cities you visit).

We’ll have folks from our SF and Portland teams there to get you started using the technology and brainstorm great ideas. Hope to see you there.


Mon May 16 2011, 10:10am

By caseorganic




Geoloqi-powered flashmob game takes grand prize at Amped Hackathon in Seattle!

This weekend a Geoloqi-powered flashmob game won the Amped Hack Day competition in Seattle, Washington. The competition was put on as an appendix to Seattle’s WebDirections conference.

WeFigured is a RealTime geo location based team game with a twist on Social Rewards. Sponsors create patterns with spots that need to be filled. Once users fill the spots, they get rewarded!

Why Should you go figure?


  • Make visiting places fun.
  • Discover new venues, bars, restaurants, museums and more.
  • Get Rewarded to go out.
  • Have a cause ? Create a custom pattern and get people to fill the spots


  • Get discovered
  • Promote your venue and event
  • Join the revolution – help people express themselves as patterns on the map
  • Offer exclusive deals

Each team member won a Bluetooth headset and a Motorola smartphone (useful for development). The entire app was built in a few hours, and the presentation included a live demo of the end of the game.

The app was built by Aaron Parecki, Gaurav Maken, Alex Kamotsky and Kirill Zubovsky. Zubovsky has a longer post on the hackathon experience here.


Sun Oct 3 2010, 10:22pm

By Aaron Parecki




Apps built at the Tropo + Geoloqi Open Gov Hackathon

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Open Gov Hackathon today! We’re proud to announce the winners! The best app using the Tropo API went home with a Sonos Wireless Music System, and the best app using the Geoloqi API went home with an iPad!

The judging began at 6:30Pm, and everyone stopped programming. After all of the presentations were done, we discussed each app with the Tropo team and Rick Nixon of CivicApps. It was a tough decision, as the entries were extremely creative and useful!

Thanks to everyone who watched, participated, and cheered on the developers. We owe the greatest thanks to Tropo and the City of Portland, who were great supporters of the event. This won’t be the last hackathon. We will be doing this again in the future as soon as possible. If you’re interested in partnering with us for another hackathon, let us know!

Heritage Tree Quest

Winner: Best use of Tropo by @trisimon

Like PacMan for heritage trees! You go around town finding trees and collecting points. You get bonus points for collecting all trees in a neighborhood. You receive your score via an SMS from Tropo. When you’re near a tree, you can call Tropo and it will quiz you to identify it, getting you even more points! It was this clever use of the voice recognition capabilities of Tropo that made this application stand out.

Don’t Eat That!

Winner: Best use of Geoloqi by @reidab

“Don’t Eat That!” pulls health inspections from the county web page. If you use Geoloqi, you can subscribe to notifications of scores under a certain threshold for restaurants within 100 meters of your current location. You’ll get an SMS that says “What ho! You might not want to eat at Backspace, their last inspection score was 93!” That way you can gawk at dirty restaurants near you! This app will also post links to the reports as tips on Foursquare!


Honorable Mention. Finds all the bars in the business license dataset and matches them to Twitter feeds by searching Twitter lists. The map shows notification icons on the map and shows the latest tweets from every bar. A future mobile version could use the Geoloqi API to track your location and receive Geonotes for specials at bars near you.

Honorable Mention. Finds pets available for adoption from the Multnomah County Animal Services database and You can read the descriptions of the animals and send out a tweet for them. Using the Tropo API, the non-technical foster homes can call in and ask for a short update about the pet, so the shelters aren’t required to know how to use Twitter. On “Woof Wednesday” the dogs that are looking for homes will tweet their latest updates or a random pet.

We are thrilled that everyone was excited to come out and join us for a day of hacking! And special thanks to Tropo for co-sponsoring the event and to CivicApps for the great support.


Tue Aug 24 2010, 6:18pm

By Aaron Parecki




Tropo is Easy!

Chris Mattieu writes: “Reflecting on the event, I wanted to share an interesting observation that I had during the course of the contest. The winners of the iPad, Amber Case and Aaron Parecki, were not originally in the contest. They were hanging out with us at the event working on their totally awesome side project called GeoLoqi. Halfway through the event, Aaron looks in my direction and says that he is interested in integrating Tropo SMS with GeoLoqi. Several minutes later his iPhone buzzes with an SMS and he looks at me and Amber and says, “It worked! GeoLoqi just me an SMS notification triggered by my location!” This was certainly very exciting for all of us but it the event gets more interesting…

Amber and Aaron left to get some sleep and came back in the morning for breakfast with an idea to enter the contest. Their idea was ChatterCast, a mashup of Tropo, Socrata’s, Instamapper, and GeoLoqi services. Basically ChatterCast subscribes your phone to real-time 911 call data provided by ChatterCast alerts you based on your location of 911 events happening around you.

This is a great example of how someone with an idea can not only win a contest only after getting started in the final hours but how anyone with an idea can change the world. Tropo’s ease of use makes it super easy to communicate with telephones via voice and SMS or even IM and Twitter with a couple of lines a code. There’s no reason not to add telephone support to your existing web applications to make them even more powerful in this mobile and social age we live in today.”

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