Bbox Miami hackathon: 130 young talents to conquer the box and connected objects



The Hackathon

The Bbox Miami Hackathon took place from March 4 to 6 at the Kremlin Bicêtre. It was organized by Bouygues Telecom and the Epitech, Sup’Internet and Epita schools. It took place on the Ionis Education Group technological campus, a site where the Bouygues group has been present for a year with the Spot Bouygues (120m 2 dedicated to the Group’s innovative projects).

This hackathon is a concrete example of Open Innovation at Bouygues Telecom with the Bbox Miami. It gathered 130 participants, which is a real success.

Each of the 30 teams had a Bbox Miami with the BboxAPI service 1 implemented, as well as connected objects made available to them:

  • LG G Watch smartwatches
  • Gamepads
  • Parrot Flower Power
  • Smartlight Awox
  • iBeacons

In 42 hours, the students succeeded in developing operational prototypes, which demonstrates the ease of use of the box and its APIs, for all developer communities (iOS, JS, Windows, Android…).


The winners

1st prize (€ 2,500): SmartHack

The big winners presented a playful gesture control prototype of the Bbox Miami, via a Leap Motion2. The navigation in the interface of the box is done by movements of arms and hands, preprogrammed for the occasion.

2nd prize (€ 1,750): B.Home

B.Home is an application created on Android and iOS, which can remotely control all types of objects: Awox lamps, TVs, webcams or other connected objects such as Parrot’s Flower Power. Using iBeacon3 to operate, the application can also detect the entry or exit of children from the home (for example by placing the sensors in their satchel), and thus transforms Miami into a real home hub.

3rd prize (1000 €): Tweevy

This application uses the Twitter API to display in a banner, displayed on the TV screen, the tweets related to the hashtag of the program being watched. No need to switch between your smartphone and TV to follow #TheVoice’s tweets live (for example)… A trendy feature, which could prove to be very useful for enriching content.

And after ?

For the best projects, the adventure can continue, if they wish: they can be supported by Bouygues Telecom teams, receive marketing support, be put in touch with incubators, and benefit from the promotion of their project and of their applications.

1 The BboxAPI service is a set of APIs integrated in Miami, which facilitates the interaction between mobile applications, connected objects and box applications.
To get more info on the Bbox Lab developer community, go to here .
To learn more about this Hackathon, it’s here .