Science Hack Day Houston 2015 Recap

After the successful kick-off of Science Hack Day Houston 2014, Brightwork CoResearch hosted the second round of Science Hack Day Houston at the Houston Museum of Natural Science last year on April 11-12, 2015. Houstonian hackers (programmers, researchers, designers, MDs, Phds, children, parents, undergrads, and professionals) teamed-up to create awesome projects in only 24hrs.


This year, Science Hack Day enthusiasts (Estefannie  Sean  Dallas  Bryan  Aneela  Caroline ), in partnership with CSGirls and HMNS, will be hosting Science Hack Day Houston (#SHDH2016) on April 2-3 at the HMNS. Get your tickets now here.


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Science Hack Day 2015’s Projects:

“Space Beats”

Team: Estefannie, Sean, Dallas, Sherie
Brief Description: “Space Beats” was developed using NASA’s data, audio software, and visualization technologies to experience the universe. Space Beats was developed to give people the senses of space.
APIs, data and tools used: NASA’s Sounds(beta) API, NASA’s Digital Universe Stars API, AudioScore, Audacity, Unity, and Oculus Rift
Presentation URL: https://prezi.com/rcik0_11vnyt/space-beats/, http://tinyurl.com/k8cf2yk

“Drive Safe”

Team: Stefan Theard, Ryan Dickey, and Andrew Gay
Brief Description: App that texts a message for you if it detects that you are driving
APIs, data and tools used: Android SDK, Android Studio 1.1.0, Java, Stackoverflow.com
Repo URL: https://github.com/smtheard/ScienceHackDay

“Escape the Museum”

Team: Rachel Madrigal, Lauren O’Neil, Gaby Cruz, Jasmine Wiggins
Brief Description: Created a point and click trivia game for kids to learn different facts about space, dinosaurs, and history.
APIs, data and tools used: Developed using Python and Pygame
Repo URL: https://github.com/rachelmad/EscapeTheMuseum

“The Bat Cane”

Team: Evan Winograd, Jason Cook, Jean-Paul Nguyen, David Sorensen, Bryan Murphy, and Jae Lynch
Brief Description: Created a handheld (or foot mounted) device used to aid the sight impaired “see” and avoid obstacles
Project URL: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B4FqRJOm_L7TfmZZRlZsbXVXRERxakRKZGhpVDFpSHo4OWpST3hKaXRwUmpaWGlxVjNsN28&usp=sharing
APIs, data and tools used: Arduino, Ultrasonic sensors, K’nex, Accelerometer, Gyro, Piezo


TeamJaewoo Park, Amada Abrego, Kent, Mocine, Sarah
Brief Description: Suggests songs based on what you are wearing!
APIs, data and tools used: MATLAB, php, bash
Repo Linkhttps://github.com/aselius/RackTunes-v1.0

“Science Museum Scavenger Hunt”

Team: Bryan Grandy, Dallas Kidd, Emily Buergler
Brief Description: This project is a hacked together object recognition program built from various out of date tutorials and a lot of forum questions/answers. It uses Python and OpenCV. Currently our solution for recognizing images is to use a Google Drive folder to grab the images. Then the Python script runs to see if the object is recognized. Then the Google Drive emails the result back to the user. Next we will create an Android app that uses the Google API to access the Google Drive with MIT App Inventor.
Repo Link: https://bitbucket.org/dallasbrittany/sciencehackday/src