Awards 2013

Best In Show (most popular vote by all judges)

Irish Dancing Shoes with MIDI Interface.

Creators:  David McKeownJeffrey Roe , Aiden Norris, Mick Donegan, Ben Lochocki,  Ronan Paul

The hack was to add pressure sensors to the soles of Irish dancing hard shoes and then send the data back wirelessly so it appears as a standard MIDI device, like a keyboard or drums. This allowed the tap shoes to perform as an instrument of sorts, the sound of which can be controlled in software.

Here is a video of them in action on the day

and later a more polished (and less vertical) performance during Dublin Mini Maker faire 2013


The People’s Choice Award 

Hack:  Cotton Cadaver

Creators: Tríona (@triploidtree), Yingjie Fan, Chao Wu, Rachel Kelly (@belle_rache), Princess (Caoimhe)

They created a cotton body with removable organs. The lungs, heart, liver, stomach, pancreas, kidneys, large and small intestines were made and stuffed. Velcro was used to attach the body parts to a quilted backing sheet. The heart was embroidered with coronary arteries and veins. The lungs had bronchi and bronchioles embroidered on. There’s a net to hold the small intestine in when the cotton cadaver is held vertically (without it, it resembles a zombie movie with guts everywhere). The body parts are roughly accurate in size and location, and correspond to a small man or average woman in size. They’ll make a great teaching tool.


The Hardware Award (best hardware based hack)

Hack: Scratch like Arduino Programming

Creators: Peter Redmond @MechatronsIM @feorasm Alex Pena Peter Yolo Gianfranco Palumbo

The arduino is a great platform for beginning robots as long as you know how to code. Scratch is a great GUI tool for learning to program code. We tried to combine scratch and other software such as Minibloq to make it easier for non-programmers to start programming arduinos. We were particularly focused on the robotics application but it can be expended to other areas. We are very happy with our results and hope to take this to schools and robot dojos to help get younger people started in robotics.


Source code and links:

The Fingal Open Data Award 

Hack: Trees!

Creators: Alexander Nordlund @bordslampa Ciaran McNally @CiaranmaK

Have you ever wondered how far away you are from your nearest tree?

Source code and links: – MarkerCluster, works in Chromium and has issues elsewhere. – pretty output


The DCUSU Best Design Award


Creators:  Ottis Kelleghan – @cheeriottis Zachary Davison – @thingsdoer Conor Hynes – @flantbuddington

PLYLSTR reads in all your facebook friends and allows you to select one of those friends. From there PLYLSTR generates a music playlist based on the selected user, allowing you to get personalised wall of sound.

Source code and links:


Honourable Mentions

Hack: Video LED Panel

Creators:  Robert Fitzsimons @PartFusion

This hack involved writing code and scripts to capture video content from a Camera or Kinect and process it using OpenCV. The output would be processed and reformatted to produce an output suitable for display on a small custom 32 by 40 pixel RGB LED panel I designed and built last summer.


Hack: Keepy Uppy

Creators:  Robin Brady Joe Mansfield @helvick Conor Duke

When children play “keepy up ball” is there a way to keep count of the kicks electronically and then switch off if the ball drops off the boot?
Accelerometer attached to the ball tracks impacts and the ball motion and can count the number of consecutive kicks between the start ( at rest or being held) and end ( at rest)

Source code and links:

Hack: Typing Teaches Twitter

Creators:  Daniel Hartnett – @thelinked Jack Higgins – @nopantsoclock

The program subscribes to a topic on twitter and analyse the tweets it receives for spelling mistakes. The player has to correct the world’s spelling mistakes.


Source code and links: The project is hosted here.


Hack: Fair Rent Divider

Creators:  Ciaran Canavan David Scully Alexander Nordlund David Curran

The fair and square rent calculator is a computer aided negotiation tool that allows housemates to find who should get which room and at what cost. It calculates allocations that prevent envy between housemates.

Splitting the rent in a house is really hard. People end up feeling they are being taken advantage of and sometimes friendships become strained. Many housemates go to great trouble attempting to ensure that no one feels exploited.

The algorithm used to avoid this problem is from this paper ‘Bidding for envy-freeness: A procedural approach to
n-player fair-division problems’ by Su, Haake and Raith

Our online and mobile enabled implementation of this algorithm ensures no one will think they can get a better deal by swapping with another housemate for that housemates room at that housemates rent. The use of an independent algorithmic arbiter of fairness means no one comes across as mean. Everyone gets the room they want at a price that ensures there is no envy.

APIs, data and tools used:

Screenshots, photos and videos:
Screenshots at the bottom of the presentation

Source code and links:

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