1st prize at Ultrahack IoT Future of Retail Tieto Challenge

 

ULTRAHACK 2015 

 

Wow.

 

That is the only word accurate enough to describe the spectacular course of events and EPIC WIN that took place over the last week right here in Helsinki, Finland.

 

To be specific, from 6-8 november at the ULTRAHACK Hackathon, and on November 12 at SLUSH competing in  the SLUSHHACKS competition.

We ended up winning the Ultrahack Trophy 1st prize in the category IoT - Future of Retail, access to Tieto's SPARK! Partner Program, and an extra Bonus Prize from the Finnish Patent Office for showing excellence in IPR Planning.

 

All in the course of just 48 hours.

 

It is only a couple of weeks ago when we decided to participate and put together a 3-person team.

 

Our small team consisted of just 3 people, Andriy Tymchenko, Backend Wizard, due to circumstances participating from abroad, Johan Sigfrids from Learning Miles LLC and Tim Gorree from Digistars LLC.

 

The primary reason for our parti...

Living Life 

What if life were a game? If life were a game, we would all be going about our daily lives trying to score points. We would feel obligated to learn the rules of the game, and we would go out of our way trying to avoid losing points. 

We would still be having fun at play, but only in a structured manner, as not obeying the rules could result in losing points. What a silly world we would live in if life were seen as a game! 

Wait a second.. To some extent, life itself does appear a bit like a game, does it not? 

 

Driving a car 

What if driving a car were a game? If driving a car were a game, we would all be going about on four wheels on the public roads trying to overcome the challenges of mobility, location and timely presence. 

We would feel inclined to learn the rules of the game if it meant that not knowing the rules would exclude you from participation. And driving a car can be great fun, as many will agree. 

 

Heck, many would even be willing to pay good money to get...

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