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TADHack Global 2016 was held across 30+ different locations last weekend. The goal in the TADHack is to create a hack over the weekend, using one or more of the APIs provided by the sponsors – of which Matrix is one.

Over 2600 people participated, and over 150 hacks were created! I think it’s safe to say that TADHack Global 2016 was a great success!

The Matrix team were on location in Shoreditch, London, where we helped people with their hacks (while also keeping an eye on the online TADHack Matrix room to help remote entries).

Several teams used Matrix in their hack, both in London and elsewhere:

In Lisbon, Luis Tonicha and Tiago Dias created “Athos”: a bot for shopping assistance. The bot accepts various queries which it tries to answer using Carrefour’s API. The team also created a Telestax bridge, so you can send the queries via SMS! This hack won the Lisbon location prize! Watch their presentation here.

A team in Moscow did a hack using Matrix, where they created a kind of MUD in Matrix. Unfortunately, the presentation is not currently available.

Yelly was a remote entry by Fikri Fırat, Utku Yavuz, and Barış Erbil. It is a voice message based chat application inspired by the nature of shouting as a way of communication. See their presentation here.

In Kiev, Ukraine, the DataArt team (Artem Malykhin, Pavlina Bevz, Igor Maximenko, and Eugene Grachev) created a hack called “Web conference for Smart TV”: an app for Smart TVs for VoIP conferencing. See the presentation here.

Over in Chicago, Sergio Gil, Caterina Lazaro, and Anup Mohan created “Little Endian Kitchen”: Shopping management for your kitchen. The idea was to have a webcam in your fridge that can check which items are “missing” (e.g. which ones need replacing) and even provide a VoIP stream so you can check yourself (even using VR-goggles!) – see the presentation here.

In Berlin, there were quite a few hacks. One of these was called “Clipboard Monkey” and was made by Tim Unkrig, Tammo Behrends, Markus Kerschkewicz. This team created a decentralized, universal and fully encrypted clipboard using Matrix. See the full presentation here. We awarded this hack one of the two global prizes of a MacBook Air! They were also joint winners of the Berlin location prize – well done!

Finally, in London we had several teams working on Matrix hacks. There was the “Moodlight” hack by Astrid de Gasté, Ryan Lintott, Tomas Zezula, Istvan Hoffer, and Jing Chan. The team created a sentiment analysis bot connecting Riot/Matrix to Philips Hue, and analysing the comments in a room using a Social Sentiment Analysis library – blue light for positive comments and red for less positive chat. Watch the presentation here. This hack won the London Location Prize!

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Also in London, there was Immanuel Baskaran’s “Hangouts Bridge” hack, which bridged Matrix to Google Hangouts! Presentation here. In classic “dangerous demo” fashion, Google Hangouts experienced an outage just when the demo was happening. We awarded this hack the Special Matrix Prize – congrats Immanuel!

“Matrix of Things” by Matt Williams, and Yin Yee Kan won the other Matrix global prize, which was a MacBook Air. They created a minimal Matrix client on a ESPB266 micro controller, and added a proximity sensor feature to Riot so that two different devices can notice when they are in close proximity. See the presentation and demo here!

Congrats to all the participants – we hope you had a lot of fun! The full list of winners is available over on the TADHack blog.

And if the hackathon has inspired you to hack on Matrix, please come chat to us in #matrix-dev or the TADHack Matrix room!