Research Team Wins Most Creative App at Muther! of All Hackathons-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Research Team Wins Most Creative App at Muther! of All Hackathons-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Research Team Wins Most Creative App at Muther! of All Hackathons

Le T. Nguyen, a research assistant at Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley campus (CMU-SV), and his team won the Most Creative Idea/Approach Award sponsored by HP webOS and 2nd place in the category Best Use of AppMobi at The Muther! of all Hackathons held on June 24-25 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

Le T. Nguyen and his team spent 24 hours working on the Disaster Radio application. Disaster Radio is a mobile application for people who are affected by natural disasters like wildfires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis. The application delivers updated wildfire maps to mobile devices and encourages social networking. Civilians can contribute to the firefighting effort by tweeting, since the consolidated crowd-sourced data can be brought back to Incident Command.

In 24 hours the team was able to develop a web application using standard web technologies such as HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. By using appMobi and PhoneGap cross-platform mobile application development tool, the team was able to generate native applications running on Android, iOS and webOS phones and tablets.