TADHack is the only global meeting place for developers who want to learn, share, code and create across the breath of telecom tools and technologies. A question asked is why use the term telecom as telcos really have a bad wrap. The question is fair. Adding telecoms to application, services or business processes creates amazing experiences and as you’ll see in this list of winners from Madrid and Remote it has massive potential. TADHack is a grassroots initiative to ‘reclaim’ the word telecom from the corporate suits as its no longer under their exclusive control!
Just a few numbers on the event:
- Global registrations: close to 700
- On the day global attendance: close to 500
- Hacks Generated: 60+
- Satellites: 5 (Sri Lanka, Philippines, Malaysia, Pune India, Chicago USA, and your own home). Satellite winners are reviewed here.
- Simultaneous live video streams viewed: 126
Let’s kick off with the GWOB.org winner Fairwaves with Fairshare, which used Fairwave’s UmSITE that run the Osmocom software stack with SIP and SMPP as external interfaces for calls and SMS. This hack focused on rural areas of emerging markets to make mobile more available and prevent abuse. As the mobile network approaches saturation, people who’ve been on calls the longest get removed for people who’ve not made a call in a while. Everyone gets a fair share of the limited network mobile network resources.
The first Truphone winner was Tim Panton with Fragment, which reinvents the returns process for packages. Tim also highlighted a key point that we will be discussing in more detail at TADSummit on the IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) issues around new services.
The second Truphone prize went to Bridge by Jose Rodriguez and team, enables WiFi sharing and gaining insight by sharing WiFi.
The first Huawei winner was Speak2Leads (a remote entry from California USA) by Sammy James and team who helps businesses close more deals by getting in contact with prospects as quickly as possible without pestering them.
The second Huawei winner was eFace2Face by Sergio Murillo and team that uses WebRTC to improve the online banking experience using secure high-quality browser-based video and audio, dynamic application and content sharing, and an electronic signature process.
The first Google prize went to RTCEmergency by Rob Pickering and remote team, enhancing emergence calls with WebRTC.
The second Google prize went to Whatspeer by Luis, Maria and Alex that delivers a private version of Whatsapp using WebRTC, returning people’s privacy.
The first Ubuntu prize went to MEYUI by Pierre and team from Kairos Lab, an app that’s evolved from speech to text, to subtitling the spoken word, to a hypervoice application.