Following the announcement of the partnership between Evernote and Deutsche Telekom (DT) in late March, more than 80 developers and designers from Berlin and beyond gathered this past weekend at DT’s newest startup accelerator space on Winterfeldtstraße for the DTHack.
We couldn’t have been happier with Berlin as the location of our first-ever European Hackathon. Home to a vibrant and thriving tech community, it was the perfect launch pad into Europe after the successes of our previous Evernote Hackathons in São Paulo and Tokyo.
The three-day extravaganza kicked-off with an evening reception featuring introductions from representatives of Evernote and Developer Garden, DT’s developer ecosystem. For the contest, participants were free to choose to build their apps either with the Evernote API or one of the APIs from Developer Garden. After an evening of networking and brainstorming, the groups were formed and ready!
Sixteen teams worked nearly non-stop for the entire weekend on some amazing projects, with one team even staying in the building for the entire duration of the Hackathon! A series of workshops covering a variety of topics, including the Berlin startup scene, the Evernote and Developer Garden APIs, branding strategy and web design also ran throughout the day.
On Sunday, the teams pitched their creations before a panel of judges that included Berlin Geekettes founder Jess Erickson, David Knight of Silicon Allee, Developer Garden Evangelist Richard Süselbeck, and our very own Senior Web Developer Chris Traganos. Due to the surprising number of high-quality submissions, we even added an extra award!
And the Winners are…
The DTHack Partnership Prize for the app that best utilizes both the Evernote API and the Developer Garden Tropo API was presented to Armin Hackmann, Jennifer König and Daan Löning for EasyChef. EasyChef allows you to find recipes based on ingredients you already have in your fridge and on your shopping list (written as notes in Evernote). Users first call the EasyChef hotline to chose their preferred cuisine and mention any dietary restrictions. The app then uses the Telekom Tropo API to collect call data, mashing it with users’ notes to finally generate recipe suggestions.
The Rookie Prize for the best app built by a young team went to Kimmy Bolke and Daniel Mierzwinski for Hintr, a web app that allows you to mark and tag excerpts of notes imported from Evernote—perfect for preparing for exams where you only need the most important pieces of information from months of lectures.
The Hardware/Maker Prize, sponsored by Leap Motion, for the best app built leveraging a Leap Motion, Raspberry Pi or other hardware sensor while interacting with the Evernote and/or Developer Garden APIs went to Uwe Kamper for his creative Robot Overlord for Evernote.
The Intelligent Design Prize for the best technical and intelligent design of an app was given to Tanja Borzel, Hoa Huynh, Anna Rose, Uli Siegmeier and Wil Wong for Lock.it, a password management system. Lock.it encrypts and saves login information for various sites in Evernote, which can then only be decrypted by a Masterkey provided by the user.
The honor of Best Design was given to Raphaël de Courville, Javier Diaz and Marie-Anne Sinfreu for Crewbee, a social DIY platform where creators and hackers can get together to share project ideas, make new friends and build together.
The Berlin Community Prize for the app that solves challenges and envisions solutions for the Berlin community was awarded to Matias Ferrero, Kristian Hildebrandt, Franziska Schiwora, Martin Schmidt, Nick Thomas and Chris Weis for ledge.io. Ledge facilitates the sharing of Evernote notebooks with the rest of the community via a platform from which notebooks can be viewed and published. Users are able to browse through public notes based on personal interests, then “like” the notes or subscribe to the notebooks that interest them.
The Developer Garden Prize for the best overall app in design, utility, API, and originality that leverages the Developer Garden APIs went to Klaus Breyer for S.O. Call, which continuously tracks community reactions on Facebook. If there is a surge in activities, S.O. Call initiates a call via Tropo, putting you in touch with your head of community management so you can take immediate action.
And finally, The Evernote Grand Prize for the best overall app in design, utility, API, and originality that leverages the Evernote API was awarded to Ivo Hanke and Sebastian Küpers for Context Booster. When users sign up with Context Booster and tag a note with “contextboost”, the note is automatically enriched with related data in the background.
Both Ivo and Sebastian received an Android Nexus 7 Tablet, an Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine, as well as a trip to Silicon Valley to visit Evernote headquarters in Redwood City in September, and present their Hackathon project at the Evernote Conference in San Francisco!
Many thanks to our partners and sponsors Silicon Allee, Moped, Gracenote, Paymill, Leap Motion, and most importantly DT and Developer Garden for helping us organize an awesome event.
Make sure to keep an eye out for more developer events in your area! For a full list of upcoming developer Meetups and Hackathons, check out our Devcup 2013 schedule or visit devcup.evernote.com to learn more about our annual developer competition and how you can participate. Also, be sure to visit the Evernote Trunk to browse our entire collection of apps and products that help you do more with Evernote.