Students from Ironi Bet and Yeshivat Bnei Akiva Lapid in cooperation with Akadem invented apps to help children on the autistic spectrum. There were 80 participants, 50 pizza pies, 25 hours, 13 challenges and two high schools in the “Hackademathon” – hackathon and Akadem, the organization that works with autistic adults and children. The students got together Monday and Tuesday when they faced complex challenges for designing applications that could ease the world of the Akadem families with children on the autistic spectrum. The students worked in the computer lab in Ironi Bet for 25 hours, finding solutions as they divided into small teams, each of them working on different challenges. The students were accompanied by leading mentors in the field of programming and applications, coordinator of the computers department at the two schools and the CEO of InterBlog, a company for the production of innovation events.
The event was initiated, produced and directed by Oral Elimelech, founder of InterBlog, a company that produces innovation events and education programs for the professions of the future. At the end of the event, each group presented the app they developed for the judges. The group that won first place built an app called WatchMe, an app made for a smart watch, by which the user on the spectrum can call for help according to difficulty levels for the therapists, the call is recorded in the app on the therapist’s phone. Second place went to the team that built an app called EasySentence, which helps children on the spectrum to put together basic sentences related to everyday situations with ease, and even read the words in the sentence.
This is the third year of the hackathon in Ironi Bet where students spend 25 hours developing technological solutions. This is the first year that the hackathon was done in cooperation with the Akadem organization to find solutions to help children on the autistic spectrum.