Plan Bee won over the judges because of its complete vision with viability of developing the product further

The WWT team placed first at the Cisco Live! DevNet Hackathon on Sunday, July 10, 2016 in Las Vegas. The Hackathon was open to any novice or experienced coders who are or want to develop collaboration-enabled solutions.

As part of a Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility initiative called “Connected Bees,” this year’s hackathon theme was focused on just that – bees.

The honey bee is an extremely important member of the world’s ecological infrastructure, with the United Nations reporting that bees help pollinate up to 90 percent of the world’s food supply. There has been significant losses in bee populations reported in the United States, China and across Europe affecting billions of dollars in crop production. The losses stem from many issues: insect predators, pesticides, herbicides, air pollution and extreme weather changes.

Hackathon participants were asked to think about the bee population, how it affects global food production and how technology could help solve this problem.

Participants could utilize a mixing of seven different APIs and platforms, in addition to incorporating actual bee sensor data provided by Data61, Australian innovators who have developed passive tracking applications for bees.

Plan Bee

The WWT team developed an application framework that would allow bee farmers to monitor the health of hives using sound and infrared heat sensors.

The sound sensors were designed to detect the specific frequency of bees, providing farmers with insight into variations of bee populations. The population is important to matrix with the different fertilizer, pesticide and herbicide rotations in nearby fields. The heat sensors are used to measure overall hive health, particularly with extreme changes in weather.

The application uses Cisco Relayr to gather data from the IoT sensors, Cisco Tropo to notify of dramatic changes, Cisco Spark to communicate locally and globally and Cisco Zeus to provide a correlation of the data and reporting. The team also used raw data collected by Data61 from their own hives for an additional glimpse into bee behavior.

The presentation

The hackathon had over 60 registered participants, with an international group of developers representing countries like Japan, France and Spain.

The applications were presented in a quick three-minute pitch, so there was very little room for error as the judges grilled the contestants on the social and economical impacts of the solutions. There were many innovative ideas presented and everyone seemed to have a great time putting the applications together and sharing their ideas with the other groups.

In the end, I am proud to announce, our team’s project had a complete vision with viability of developing the product further that appealed to the judges and put us in the top spot for the grand prize of $5,000.

Meet the team

WWT Team Places First at Cisco Live! Hackathon

The team comprised a mix of employees from WWT and WWT Asynchrony Labs. From left to right: Shawn Donoho, David Guidos, Timothy Fuller and Todd Erickson.

At last year’s hackathon, the WWT team placed second with their Secure 11 tracker.