ICEBox Data Mesh “HITCH” Wins PCH Hardware Hackathon

ICEBox Data Mesh “HITCH” Wins PCH Hardware Hackathon


ICEBox Data Mesh, which developed and prototyped a wireless mesh network and content delivery system, has won the PCH Hardware Hackathon in Kitchener-Waterloo.

The product, which provides a wireless ad hoc network, delivering offline access to the Internet was designed and created in 54 hours.

The two-day PCH Hardware Hackathon took place at the Tannery Event Center in Kitchener.

hackathon_uche_hitch_collaborativeOver the course of the weekend, over 120 participants collaborated to hack new hardware devices from concept, to working prototype, to final product.

The ICEBox Data Mesh team was awarded a $3,000 cash prize as well as free company incorporation with LaBarge Weinstein and $10,000 in Celery credits. In addition, the winning team won an all access pass to Solid conference and $800 in travel costs.

Second prize was awarded to Bricks & Bytes, which created a product that helps educate children with tactile modules that connect to an application.

Third prize was awarded to DAWN, which developed a device that automatically adjusts your blinds according to the climate, helping consumers reduce energy costs and optimize their environment. The team received $3,000 in Celery credits.

Among the other prototypes devised and created at the PCH Hardware Hackathon were Artifact, which developed a healthcare device that allows patients to provide real-time feedback while in the waiting room and DryPhone, which uses RFID technology in washing machines to detect when a device is accidentally put in the machine and provides a verbal warning to the user.

“Hackathons accelerate innovation – helping entrepreneurs meet each other, create working prototypes, develop marketing pitches and test product appeal,” Liam Casey, Founder and CEO of PCH, said.

hackathon_wideshot_hitch“The pace of development, the scale of ambition and the significant levels of creativity that we witness over just two days, is always outstanding.”

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