What we saw at Code Ultimatum 2016 – The Game of Codes


Looking back at the past 11 months, you could say that 2016 has been an eventful year. One filled with its fair share of hackathons. But as the year comes to a close we still have a few more hackathons happening. The latest of these hackathons was organized by Ideamart. This was Code Ultimatum 2016 – The Game of Codes.

The hackathon kicked off at 7 PM and saw the teams coding through the night until 7 AM. Over the course of the night, the teams hacked away bringing their unique ideas to life. But they all had one thing in common. All of them chose to utilize the widgets of Dialog’s new I Say You Do Platform.

Code Ultimatum 2016
(Image Credits: Avishka Seneviratne)

In case you’re lost, I Say You Do, is a platform built by Dialog for developers. With this platform, developers have a large selection of widgets. They can use these widgets to easily add additional functionality into applications. Right now, it features a list of lifestyle widgets but over time the Dialog team hopes to expand what the platform offers.

So what did we see the teams build with this platform at Code Ultimatum 2016? Here are a few examples that will help answer that question.

Team Cyclone

Team Cyclone took the stage and pitched the idea for a smart wristband. This wristband is aimed at people that suffer from heart diseases. In fact, 20% of Sri Lanka’s population suffers from heart diseases. Yet 40% of these people can recover if these symptoms are detected in its early stages. This is where CardiApp comes into play.

Code Ultimatum 2016
(Image Credits: Avishka Seneviratne)

It constantly monitors important statistics such as heart rate and blood pressure. If any anomalies are detected then CardiApp uses I Say You Do. With it, Cardi App shares the location and a notification to an ambulance and relatives of the user. To use it, though, you’ll need to download the app and register with it. The wristband itself will cost Rs. 5000 and an additional Rs. 2 per month.

Team Indigo

This team wants to make it easier for you to find help at stories. To do so, it uses a bunch of tools. On the surface, you’ll see a beacon with a button and a smartwatch working together. The beacon is activated with a button or the smartwatch. It then uses I Say You Do and Firebase to inform the assistants at stores. It also works in conjunction with other smart devices. An example the team shared during their pitch was ordering gas cylinders. A weight sensor and Raspberry Pi monitors the gas cylinder and would let you know if it’s almost empty.

Code Ultimatum 2016
(Image Credits: Avishka Seneviratne)

Team Whileloop

This team wants to make offline advertisings smarter. To do so, they want to integrate Raspberry Pi’s with advertising screens. The system would also allow publishers to easily select the ads on these screens. This would be done via an I Say You Do widget that would be free. The system will also have a set of buttons that allow advertisers to get instant feedback.

Team Itteligentz

This team proposed an idea for a hotel room assistant. With a simple click, you can instantly let others know that you don’t want to be disturbed. With this assistant, you can also book a taxi, obtain valet parking and other services. There are two versions of this assistant. The first is aimed at high-end hotels whereas, the second at budget hotels.

Team SAS Ninjas

Team SAS Ninja’s pitched a mobile app at Code Ultimatum 2016 that gives you a wizard’s wand. Well not really. It won’t make you Harry Potter, but this app will give you a universal button. With this button, you could control pretty much anything inside your house. The team hopes to partner with electrical suppliers like Orange and Philips, etc. and sell the app with a monthly subscription.

Code Ultimatum 2016
(Image Credits: Avishka Seneviratne)

So who won the Game of Codes?

At the end of the day, the teams that were crowned the winners of Code Ultimatum 2016 are:

  1. Team Itteligentz
  2. Shilpa 64
  3. SAS Ninja Labs

Twelve hours of non-stop hacking paid off for these teams. Hopefully, we’ll see them and the other teams continue on their ideas. For that is how the next great startup is born.


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