Hackatown : 6 inspirational ideas to make Montreal more intelligent

News 21 January, 2018
    The application MediWait, which wants to reduce the waiting time in the emergency room, is among the finalists of the marathon programming Hackatown organized on 20 and 21 January, at the Polytechnic. From left to right: Hugo Bourret-Desmarais, Maxime Bernatchez, Rene Leveille, Vincent Leduc.

    Sarah Daoust-Braun

    Sunday, 21 January, 2018 18:46

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    Nearly 400 students are given an appointment during the weekend at l’école Polytechnique de Montréal on the occasion of the marathon of programming Hackatown. Apprentices developers had a mission of finding technological solutions to make Montreal more intelligent.

    Avoid the subway cars crowded (1st prize)

    The images captured by security cameras in metro stations would be used to detect the number of people that are in each of the trains. The system of lights QuickMTL installed on the trains would then lead the people who wait on the docks to the cars less crowded.

    Designers : Marcel Kaufmann, Vivek Shankar Varadharajan, Meng Li, Yanjun Cao (QuickMTL)

    Encourage participation in municipal politics (2nd prize)

    The mobile application Neo Citizens informed in a clear and simple citizens of Montreal of the decisions of the municipal councils. The decisions are grouped by category (business, finance, travel…) and can be sorted by boroughs. Its designers hope to inspire Montrealers to become more involved in municipal life.

    Designers : Theophanes Fremont-Guilbault, Yuri Runghen-Vezina, Olivier Tessier-Larivière, William Champagne (Neo Citizen)

    Estimate the number of persons in a specified area (3rd prize)

    The Smart Crowd Estimator estimates the number of persons in a specified area, thanks to the MAC addresses stored on the smart phones. This estimate could, for example, to calculate the number of motorists who pass through a busy intersection or determine the number of participants in a music festival.

    Designers : Aniss Kouyess, Louis Tan-Therrien, Frédéric Cloutier, Erwan Marchand (Smart Crowd Estimator)

    The other finalists

    Reduce the waiting time at the emergency

    The application MediWait estimates in real time the waiting time before being able to consult a doctor at the emergency and the number of patients who are already in the queue. The mobile application, which is based on the participation of its own users, allows to reduce the congestion in the hospitals.

    Designers : Hugo Bourret-Desmarais, Maxime Bernatchez, Rene Leveille, Vincent Leduc (MediWait)

    Find first responders in the vicinity

    People with serious illnesses such as heart disease, wear a bracelet with sensors that measure pulse rate and oxygen levels in the blood. When the sensors detect a state of distress, a message of aid is automatically sent to the first responders who are close by.

    Designers : Julien Landry, Nicolas Hazboun, Catalin Giurca, Olivier Love (Internet of Emergencies)

    Detect car accidents serious

    The mobile application SOS Smart helps to detect car accidents by recording the shocks felt by the smart phones. Following a collision, the application sends an emergency message to a contact registered by the user in its application.

    Designers : Matthew Lesko-Krleza, Romain Nith, Ion Banaru (SOS Smart)