BlueTape, who developed and prototyped a Bluetooth connected tape measure, has won the PCH Hardware Hackathon in Dublin.
The product aims to reduce clothing returns for online retailers by helping customers find the right fit first time and was created in just 54 hours, from Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th May.
The two-day PCH Hardware Hackathon, in partnership with DCU and Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) and sponsored by leading computing innovation company Intel, is the third PCH Hackathon to take place at the DCU Innovation Campus.
It brought together over 100 makers, collaborators, designers, engineers and entrepreneurs from Dublin’s hardware startup ecosystem, who had access to the latest prototyping equipment and mentoring from leading technology industry representatives.
Over the course of the weekend, participants collaborated to hack new hardware devices from concept, to working prototype, to final product.
They ultimately developed a range of functioning hardware devices that have the potential to have consumer appeal and to answer a consumer need.
- First prize went to BlueTape, which developed and prototyped a connected tape measure. The team was awarded a €3,000 cash prize, a service design workshop with Each&Other as well as a free starter office for four months at the DCU Innovation Campus, should they wish to pursue and further develop their idea;
- In second place was Zero, which created a smart tri-shoe, designed to reduce the time for shoe changes during triathlons;
- Third place was awarded to AutoAngel, which developed a ‘plug and play’ car emergency call system.