Faculty Research Assistants and Department MPS/GIS Graduates, Jon Nordling and Michael Humber, participated in the 2014 ESRI International Hackathon on March 10th in Palm Springs, California. With 70+ teams registered for the competition, Jon and Mike placed 2nd for overall best use of ESRI’s technologies and 1st place for implementation of the SendGrid API. SendGrid is a platform for a cloud-based email delivery system. The competition was to build an application in 24 hours to a) solve a problem of mass scale for Riverside County residents and visitors, b) meet a need on a mass scale for Riverside County residents and visitors, and c) showcase Riverside County as a great place to live, work and have fun. The application had to be community-focused and target Riverside County citizens and public services. The application Jon and Mike created was a Web and Mobile Application that spatially integrated the Riverside county citizens with the governmental public service events. They were judged on user experience/user interface, potential for real-world application and completeness. The application uses a Microsoft enterprise SQL server database, PHP, CURL, jQuery Mobile, Riverside County Data, and the SendGrid API. This application is completely dynamic, can update features on the fly, and perform spatial querying, as well as other geospatial feature operations. Each of this pair won an AR Drones 2.0 Quadrocopter and a Raspberry Pi Computer.
Congratulations guys! Keep up the good work!!