Around 100 students majoring in software engineering, from Ironi Bet, Yishiva Bnei Akiva Lapid and Ironi Aleph participated in the hackathon that took place last week at Ironi Bet with the goal of finding technological solutions for senior citizens according to the challenges that characterize the needs of this age. For example, identifying the falls of the elderly, playing with the grandchildren, finding a solution to tranquility and relaxation at this age and more.
Two groups of students dealt with the challenge of “smart transportation” in which they were required to find a solution to build an application that will use the schedule of bus lines in the city, so that if a passenger is waiting at the bus stop and the bus is late, a number of things will occur: he will send a message to the Iriyah in real time including his location, a complaint to the driver and, in real time, send all users of the app an alert that the bus is running late.
Accompanied by mentors from the hi-tech world, the students worked collaboratively and feverishly to find 14 unique and creative projects within 24 hours. All this in a special experiential atmosphere of thinking outside the box combined with a lot of laughter and fun, with the students working late into the night full of energy. The students received an energetic surprise and they stopped everything for the Zumba lessons and kickboxing.
At the end of the hackathon, the groups of students presented their projects to the judges. Two projects won first place: an app for a drug calendar and a smart watch to prevent falls. Three projects came in second place: an app to register for chugim, an app to create social communities and an app to navigate inside buildings. In third place went to another app to navigate inside buildings. In addition, the projects for “smart transportation” received suggestions for further development.