Ryerson Students Take First Place at HackuWeather

Two Ryerson students were the winners of this weekend’s latest hackathon, HackuWeather. The event was a joint partnership between Toronto tech startup TribalScale and AccuWeather, the world’s largest and fastest growing weather company, which saw 10 teams compete over the course of the weekend.

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The winning team, consisting of Satchel French and Aditya Surabi, both third year engineering students at Ryerson University, brought both hardware and software together to create their app, FeelsFeels uses the weather to customize your home’s ambience. Products such as Philips Hue lighting are automatically adjusted based on the weather, along with custom streaming music playlists from 8tracks that change with conditions outside. 

Three finalists were also selected, with the Tempus team coming in second place. Tempus was a team of four that included a Grade 10 student from Markville Secondary School. They created a tool to forecast weather, and potential driving conditions, along a driver’s route using Google Maps. The app can recommend good places to take a pitstop based on the weather and even send warnings when conditions become severe.

The other two finalists were M50, an event planning tool that helps users select an activity based on current weather conditions, and Coatcheck, an Amazon Alexa skill that allows users to create a virtual closet with their favourite clothes based on the weather. First and second place received a cash prize and all four teams received access to the AccuWeather API.


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