Quickbase Hackathon Winners!

By Evan Martinez posted 12-15-2020 18:02


The time has come! After a month of evaluating and testing over 100 solutions that were submitted to the Quick Virtual Hackathon, our panel of judges has ruled.  

We were blown away by the variety and creativity of the submissions, and you will be too. Check them all out here, but for the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the solutions that scored high marks across all three criteria – originality of idea, scope & impact, and implementation – see below!  

First place ($35,000)  RKM MediaLab with WeMindYou App

COVID-19 lockdowns in India have taken a significant emotional toll on the more than 40 million children who come from poor, rural families. To address this need, RKM Media Lab collaborated with Ramakrishna Math to create a pilot program to gauge the emotional wellbeing of underprivileged children. 

The solution uses questionnaires and facial analysis to empower these children with body-mind training techniques such as meditation or yoga, and to send detailed reports and analysis on the children’s emotional states using facial recognition and EEG technology to help rural community coordinators effectively manage the program.  The team leverages multiple Quick Base features such as forms, summary fields, dashboards and mobile, and extend the platform with advanced toolsAlso won $7,500 Bonus Prize for Best Submission by a Team of New Quick Base Builders.  


Second place ($30,000) – Alliant Charters with Olympus

After the rapid switch to remote learning, many school administrators struggled with coordinating virtual lesson plans, grading, tracking student progress and parent-teacher relations. Google Classroom offers excellent tools for providing course materials and grading, for example, but lacks an avenue for sharing data with the schools and the students’ parents. 
The Olympus solution addresses these challenges by seamlessly connecting Google Classroom with Quick Base via Quick Base Pipelines integrations, pulling relevant data for a real-time tracking of students' progress, courses and district-wide attendance, as well as creating automations to help teachers prepare courses and engage students. This team took advantage of a rich set of relationships and features within Quick Base and a great set of extension points to Google Classroom via Pipelines. Their creative use of Pipelines - using webhooks, JSON and Quick Base channels set up in many ways – resulted in elegant and powerful integrations. Also won $5,000 Technical Bonus Prize for Best Use of Pipelines.  
Third place ($25,000) – Marguerite Keating with WasteWatcher

Inspired by her city’s goal to divert 40% of all city food and yard waste from landfills by 2027, Keating created a solution that uses customer relationship management (CRM) functionality to track all commercial food waste participants and drop off locations, equipment and in-field activities required for waste
pickups, and intake and management of waste during the compost creation process. Taking a well-rounded approach to solving both a short and long-term problem, this application uses native features like charts and core features for logic. The application can be leveraged by users on their mobile device, with light augmentation through QR Codes and geolocation. Also won $7,500 Bonus Prize for Best Submission by an Individual.  


First Place, Partner Category ($12,000) – VARC Solutions with People 2 People Disaster Relief & Response: VARC Solutions, a Quick Base Service Provider, created a collection of five integrated Quick Base apps to support People 2 People, a nonprofit that provides assistance during disasters. The solution encompasses five applications to manage the collection of food and financial donations, as well as the distribution of meals and financial support to those hit the hardest. 


Technical Bonus Prize: Best Use of APIs ($5,000) – Pavel 'PK' Kaminsky with QuickFormula: QuickFormula aims to simplify the process of formula creation with a fun and simple visualization tool. Pavel Kaminsky went outside of normal CRUD operations and layered a sleek UI on top of a sophisticated engineextending one of Quick Base's most powerful capabilities.  


Technical Bonus Prize: Best Use of Quick Base Features ($5,000) – Indoor Air QualityThis team of power builders used a Raspberry Pi to measure Air Quality. They constructed a sophisticated Quick Base app that consumed data from many different governmental servicesproviding real-time insight using Quick Base dashboards and reports Also won $1,000 Silver Prize.  

Technical Bonus Prize: Best Microsoft Integration ($5,000) – Pandemic/Catastrophe ShelteringThis team addressed a problem facing many at risk populations during times of emergency and created an app to help hotels coordinate temporary housing. Their integration with Microsoft Teams and Outlook ensured that users of the app would always have accurate, up to date information. Also won Tenth Place ($2,500).