2019 DITA-IBM Hackathon Winners Announcement

Through the support of IBM Canada, Medical Confidence Inc. and NSERC, this year CREATE DITA Program hosted a Hackathon event attended by our students and researchers from across Canada to develop innovative Internet of Things (IoT) applications and solutions for everyday life challenges.

Participants from 6 Canadian universities gathered at York University for a full day of IBM workshops followed by the Hackathon event to develop IoT products and to help create IoT applications, featuring IBM tools and platforms. Several prizes were awarded by DITA Program, IBM Canada and Medical Confidence Inc. to participants with the best solutions. Participants pitched their developed solutions to a panel of judges and the teams were ranked as follows:

Best in Show:
Eye Companion: A web application that augments images with captions for users, featuring a voice-enabled tactile user interface that eases the process of discovery of a new environment and interaction with nearby objects.

  • Felipe Rivera (University of Victoria), Miguel Jimenez (University of Victoria), Priya Angara (University of Victoria)

Second Place:
Leveraging IoT to Prevent TTC Suicide Attempts: An Android application, featuring IBM Watson IoT platform, Node-RED and geofence monitoring, to help reduce subway suicide attempts.

  • Ali Zargar Shabestari (York University), Tarun Anand (York University), Yar Rouf (York University), Nahid Alimohammadi (York University)

Third Place:
IBM Watson for Future Occupancy PredictionA tool featuring IBM Watson Multiclass Classification models for future occupancy prediction to help with optimizing HVAC efficiency within smart buildings.

  • Sara Gilani (Ryerson University), Logan Gilmour (University of Alberta), Tilemachos Pechlivanoglou (York University), Caroline Quinn (Ryerson University)

Performance Evaluation and Optimization in a Smart Building:  A tool, featuring MAPE framework and a prediction algorithm, to help reduce energy consumption in smart buildings

  • Mohammadreza Rasolroveicy (Polytechnique Montreal), Shadi Sadeghpour (York University), Shabnam Hoseini-Mousavi (York University)

Awards: The following were awarded to the winners:

  • Bonus prize for the best solution: $300 donation to a charity of choice, on behalf of the 1st winning team, by Medical Confidence Inc.
  • Bonus prize to all participants: IBM electronic badges by IBM Canada
  • Bonus prize to winning teams: IBM Winners Certificates by IBM Canada


Congratulations to all of 2019 DITA-IBM Hackathon winners and we look forward to our next Hackathon in 2020!