June 2, 2014. Brooklyn. For the second consecutive year, Huge played host to developers and designers competing in AngelHack Brooklyn over the May 31st-June 1st weekend. UniFi, a community for sharing and monetizing private wireless networks, was honored as the competition's grand prize winner.
UniFi aims to solve the problem of anyone who has ever sat in a public park, looked for wireless networks, and found them all locked. The product hopes to disrupt access to wireless networks by allowing users to monetize their own personal wireless passwords and encourage a community of sharers to spread the wealth. The UniFi team included Daniel Szczuka, Tamas Pataky, Scott Strenger, Jake Blakeley and Miklos Pataky.
Tony Holdstock-Brown and Louisa Morales of BitCoin Wallet were recognized as runners up. BitCoin Wallet is a simple tool for the enterprise that incorporates BitCoin into company payroll, allowing employees to receive part of their wages in BitCoin. BitCoin Wallet also received the BitPay sponsor prize!
John Bennett, VP of Technology at Huge, awarded the Huge runner-up prize to Patrick Morris-Suzuki of Subvisor. Morris-Suzuki hacked together a new product over the weekend using Oculus Rift, a webcam, a spot lens for iPhone, and as he said, "A couple rolls of tape." Subvisor uses Oculus Rift technology to create virtual reality teleconferencing that can be used to help tell immersive stories and connect people better in real-time. The Huge runner up was chosen to reflect Huge's approach to products, as Bennett said in making the award: "Our engineering team does a lot of work with Arduino and Raspberry Pi and 3D printing. We want to give a little mentorship to Subvisor so we can hook you up with some of our engineers and our design group and get that thing going!"
RFK Young Leaders Partners, a sponsor of this year's AngelHack Brooklyn, awarded their runner-up prize to Bayou Some Groceries, and will continue to work with the winning team to incubate the idea and see how it will influence the gulf region. Bayou Some Groceries focuses on collecting, displaying and utilizing data regarding health conditions and access to healthy food and hospitals in the Gulf Coast Region.
Check out images from AngelHack Brooklyn here.
About AngelHack: AngelHack is the premier developer relations platform. Our multi-faceted company provides aspiring developers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, small and fortune 500 businesses the best developer tools and developer outreach programs. Additionally, AngelHack organizes massive Hackathons around the world and has been written about in over 30 publications including Forbes, TechCrunch, and Wired. In 2012 we hosted 20 hackathons in 6 countries and brought together over 4,000 hackers. In 2013 we hosted 70+ hackathons with 10,000 attendees.
About Huge: Huge is a digital agency that provides business strategy, design, marketing and technology services to some of the world's largest businesses and best-known brands. The company is known for successfully harmonizing user needs and business goals to create industry-changing digital experiences for its clients. Huge has offices based in the United States, Europe and Latin America, and is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies.