Hackers display their creativity at Amsterdam hackathon


We recently traveled to the Netherlands’ capital for our latest developer hackathon. The venue, Pakhuis de Zwijger, a former refrigerated warehouse located on one of Amsterdam’s many canals, made for a very unique setting. Developers from all over Europe came for the 28-hour event, which was hosted by Dare to Difr. There were some very innovative projects, and we couldn’t have been happier with the energy of the attendees and the quality of their work.

The participants’ energy and creativity resulted in innovative projects during the Kinect for Windows hackathon in Amsterdam (September 5–6, 2014).
The participants’ energy and creativity resulted in innovative projects during the Kinect for Windows hackathon in Amsterdam (September 5–6, 2014).


First place

Team Hoog+Diep took the top prize (€1000 and one Windows v2 sensor and carrying bag per team member) for their app My First Little Toy Story 3D, which allows users to capture playful adventures with favorite toys and share them as videos with friends. The app tracks the movement of dinosaurs and helicopters while the user plays with them, then it “magically” makes the user disappear from the video before sharing it.

Team Hoog+Diep took first place for their augmented play app, My First Little Toy Story 3D.
Team Hoog+Diep took first place for their augmented play app, My First Little Toy Story 3D.


Team AK took second prize with their retail analytics solution, Clara.Second place

Team AK earned second place (€500 and one Windows v2 sensor and carrying bag per team member) for Clara, an app that provides real-time analytics for a retail store, showing how many shoppers came through and providing insights on customer behavior and product popularity.


Team motognosis took third place for their medical rehab and analysis solution, In exTremory.Third place

Team motognosis won third place (one Windows v2 sensor and carrying bag per team member) for their work on In exTremory, a “catch-the-shape” game for tremor analysis in clinical, rehabilitation, and home scenarios.

 Other projects presented

Developers from all over Europe came for the 28-hour event
Developers from all over Europe came for the 28-hour event.

  • Hero (team Hero), a tool for emergency responders that enables distant risk assessment
  • AdoptAGeek (team KiMeet), which uses natural interactions to describe a user’s soul mate and provide a picture of the perfect match
  • Connect Your Home (team Connect Your Home), a building management system with tactile feedback
  • Midi Connector* (team Connector), a virtual band experience for two people: one rocking a mean air guitar and the other on drums
  • 1999: A Space Oddysey (sic; team LUSTlab), a personal virtual reality experience that involves the physical movement of the user
  • MeTricorder (team Metrilus), an app that makes the veins in the user’s arm clearly visible via projection mapping, thereby preventing multiple needle sticks during blood draws
  • Hackathon participant ponders the codeDocinector (team Metrilus), which automatically scans documents by using Kinect
  • Cool Guys Don't (team Michael Bay Fan Club), which demonstrates that cool guys don't look at explosions—really
  • Gesture Enabled Netsupport Webservice (team Netsupport), which lets users control Bing and Google maps in the browser by using gestures
  • BodyType (team Semper Five), a game in which players form letters by using the shape of their body
  • Sign Language Interpreter (team Sign Language Interpreter), which recognizes, transcribes, and teaches the gestures of sign language
  • Defy Graphics* (team Defy Graphics), an dance game in which the environment in a club responds to what’s happening on the dance floor
  • Desert race (team Fireball), an immersive full-body experience for up to six players, who each drive their horse to the fullest by vigorously exercising and making key gestures
  • Dorky Date (team ThreeManCamel), a first-person, physics-based date similar that plays up how awkward dating can be
  • Blijft dat zo (team Vastgoed), a physics collider and forces experience that uses joint position and particles


Upcoming events

Developers took advantage of the enhanced skeletal tracking capabilities of Kinect for Windows v2.

Our next hackathon will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, November 8–9; registration opens in October, so keep an eye on our blog.

Thanks to all the attendees of the Amsterdam event and to our wonderful hosts at Dare to Difr. I look forward to watching the projects progress and to seeing you all again at a future event!

Ben Lower, Developer Community Manager, Kinect for Windows

Key links

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*Denotes projects awarded an Honorable Mention by the judges

Comments (2)

  1. Kinect for Windows Team says:

    You may also find more event photos and videos here:  difr.co/kinect-hackathon

  2. KiMeet says:

    Here is a video of our Adopt-A-Geek demo : http://vimeo.com/105631384

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