Last weekend, Button attended AngelHack’s Manhattan event, the 10th installment of its global hackathon series, held at AWS’s popup loft in Soho. AngelHack hackathons focus on hackers creating an MVP (minimal viable product), which is what separates their hackathons from other similar events. The winner from each city (they hold a hackathon in just about every major city in the world) goes on to participate in the HACKcelerator program, a twelve week, virtual, pre-accelerator incubator that aims for teams to polish their MVP and pitch to VCs in hopes of obtaining funding or applying and getting accepted to accelerator programs, such as Techstars or Y Combinator.
As with most hackathons we participate in, we awarded Amazon Echoes to the team that best used Button’s SDK in a hack. Here is a quick look at the winner’s project…
Team ‘Is Your Train Down, B?’ tackled a problem all New Yorkers have encountered at some point: subway delays! To combat this nuisance, they developed an app that pulls MTA (NYC’s subway system) schedules for each of the subway lines from the MTA public API, determining whether or not there are delays or not; if there are, the mobile website shows the relevant delays — and any other additional information — to the user and displays an Uber Button for the user to book an Uber and bypass the wait time, getting to their destination on time in the comfort of a car.
Button will be at the AngelHack Silicon Valley event at the end of July, so be on the lookout for cool projects using Button’s SDK then!