On Tuesday, May 3rd, three of the Spring 2016 hackNY Student Hackathon‘s winning teams presented at the New York Tech Meetup to a theater packed with local technologists. Accent, the first place winners, and Peer Wifi, the third place winners, were joined by Drone Regulator, winners of our traditional 8-breaker creativity prize.

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Claire Glendening and Jack Cook demoed their mobile app, Accent (formerly Interface), which helps language students learn outside the classroom by assisting them as they read news articles in their language of choice. Users can highlight words they don’t know to have them translated instantly and then added to Quizlet for future study. Accent is now available on the App Store!

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Andy Yu, Md Islam, and Minh Tuan Tran demoed their mobile app, Peer Wifi, which allows users to sell their excess mobile data to others by letting them connect to their mobile hotspots. Users selling their data set prices for usage time and data caps, and users in the vicinity can pay with Paypal or a credit card to connect. The audience laughed and cheered when they demonstrated their live demo had worked by loading a cat video compilation.

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Sean Bae and Colin King took a bus all the way from Maryland to present their hack, Drone Regulator. They realized that new technology often moves much faster than the law and wanted to provide an easy way for drone operators to follow all FAA regulations without any extra effort. Their web-based drone navigator app displays regulatory information, drone status, and environmental conditions along with a first-person camera view.

After demos, the presenters headed to the afterparty, where they had supporters coming up to talk to them about their projects and future plans all night.

Congratulations again to all the presenters! We will add NYTM’s official video and photos of the demos as they become available.