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Mastering the Pivot

By Dom Sagolla
Mastering the Pivot

For 48 hours, over a hundred strangers worked together to form over twenty great teams to demonstrate shared ideas in working form. Our theme for the event was The Pivot, as we approach an inflection point in the tech community from a so-called “broligarchy” to a more representative culture. This was Developer Camp’s 10th Anniversary event, and we brought together our most diverse group of participants ever:

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Continuing towards our goal, the gender ratio for this event was 40.4% female. Most importantly, it was a place and time where everyone felt safe to explore new ideas and rely on each other.

Our keynote speakers laid some wisdom on us, including alumna Nicole Lazzaro:

Augmented and virtual reality investor Amy LaMeyer gave us a glimpse of what’s coming as well as a bit of advice about new ways to experience music. Olympic Champion Brian Boitano spoke about the pivots in his career, and how to overcome negativity and doubt under pressure:

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After coding and camping out all weekend, some of the most inspiring demonstrations we have ever witnessed led to 22 winners.

Awards

Most Potential

Act Busy

In order to avoid boredom and unwanted attention, this team built a simple game that makes it appear as if you are texting.

Best Family App

Armchair Traveler

This app helps families create live journals of their travels for loved ones.

Healthiest & Cloudinary API Award ($50)

FÜDIT

For those who prefer visual representations of meals, this app scans a menu (translating, if needed), presents photos, and represents them in augmented reality on the table. Cloudinary’s API Prize winner.

Most Social & Cloudinary API Award ($100)

Glimpse

A temporary network of specific moments such as food or views creates a sort of anonymous pen pal. This app allows for brief connections that time out, but the user may opt to continue. Runner up for Cloudinary’s API Prize.

Best Hardware & Cloudinary API Award ($50)

Hummingbird

Taking a DJI drone off the shelf, Developer Camp Counselor Eric Oesterle rigged a cinematic selfie program. Cloudinary’s API Prize winner.

Most Supportive Team & Cloudinary API Award ($50)

Image Wrangler Pro

A system for rapidly formatting and processing images with IPTC standard metadata straight off of a camera by using Cloudinary. Cloudinary’s API Prize winner.

Best New Developer

Music Effects

This is a fun musical challenge game for two players. Each player records a chosen song in his or her voice and the app decides the winner by comparing the singing to the original soundtrack.

Most Fun & Cloudinary API Award ($50)

Pawsy

A social network for furriends. This beautiful and simple interface helps dog owners choose the right pal for their pup. Cloudinary’s API Prize winner.

Best Student

PhonePal

This elegant experience translates speech from English to Hindi and back from Hindi to English in real time by using Siri, Google, and Apple speech APIs.

Best Concept

Smells Like Filtered Music

Be able to reset the search parameters for music based on mood and other factors.

Most Useful

SOS

Get out of an awkward situation with a simple fake phone call.

Most Educational

Splash

Splash is an educational web game that teaches children about the water cycle and pollution.

Best Utility

Tell Me

Easily listen to articles you find on the internet in the language and voice that you want.

Coolest

TriNetraApp

This app helps people learn names of objects and languages by using an impressive combination of Apple’s CoreML, ARKit, and an amalgam of Neural Network models — ResNet50, InceptionV3 and Yolo model.

Best Civic App

WeVote

We Vote cuts through the clutter to help you understand what’s on your ballot. This platform aggregates information and opinions across personal networks so you can help your friends become better voters in a non-partisan way.

Best Design

Work Week

Achieve better work life balance with automatic, private, and insightful time tracking.

Best Open Source & Cloudinary API Award ($100)

WriteBoard

This is a socially-driven, interactive free-speech wall—all anonymous and in the cloud. Runner up for Cloudinary’s API Prize.

Cloudinary API Award ($500)

Photobooth

This team produced a simple but elegant photobooth and Web photo editor powered by Cloudinary’s APIs. Cloudinary’s Grand API Prize winner.

Cloudinary API Award ($100)

Stories

This iOS app allows the user to create collaborative videos where anyone can add 1 or 2 seconds of recorded video to the end and then pass it on. Cloudinary’s API Prize winner. Runner up for Cloudinary’s API Prize.

Wildcard

Cloudinary App

Cloudinary App uses their API and iOS to transform photos or videos into visa pictures, profile pictures, fun pictures or video loops.

Best Volunteer

Tarwin Stroh

From the moment he arrived, on time for doors opening, to the last demo, Tarwin helped the organizers and the participants with social skills and software skills. Bravo!

Dom Sagolla Dom Sagolla , is a Father of two boys. Helped create Twitter. Author of @thebook “140 Characters: A style guide for the short form." Executive Director of Developer Camp.

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