On 9 November 2014 the annual Hackathon/YAN/ contest of innovative ideas and programming summarized the results of its 4th issue – Hackathon/YAN/ Gyumri 2014. This year the competition travelled to Gyumri Technology Center to embrace a wider geography of participants and to integrate regional technology youth into the active innovation networks.


As expected, Hackathon/YAN/ Gyumri 2014 reported an unprecedented growth in participation rates. 58 teams with over 200 participants from Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor and Ijevan committed their creative energy and team spirit and competed 24 hours non-stop to prototype their innovative ideas and to make the world speak about their projects. The teams then had 120 seconds to pitch their ideas to the selection committee composed of successful IT startup founders and representatives of leading ICT companies.

 

Despite stiff competition, the enabling environment contributed to the lasting creative energy and productivity of the teams. “Thank you so much for bringing this powerful wave to Gyumri and making us a participant” remarked Gayane Ghandilyan, Hackathon[YAN] Gyumri 2014 contest participant.

 


As a result of tough competition the following teams were selected as winners:

 

1st place - Հ# Team from Yerevan.

 

Հ# is a new programming language which is designed for school children to learn programming fundamentals and start coding on their own.

 

2nd place - Walking Tour App Team from Gyumri

 

A Walking Tour App for iOS and Android aimed at enabling small towns and neighborhoods of large cities to attract tourists away from traditional touristic destinations.

 

3rd place – Paradox team from Vanadzor

 

Paradox team offered a new solution for electric circuit simulation.

 

The best cloud solution – CloudShare team from Yerevan

 

The team offered a solution that will cover open points and ensure the data security and integrity on cloud storage.

 

During the competition a number of mini contests were organized to inspire the teams to work more productively. The following teams were selected as winners of mini contests:

 

  • “dHunt” team from Yerevan
  • “Find a Job” team from Vanadzor

 

The winning teams received a number of prizes, including Lenovo Yoga 2 notebook, iPad Air, Nokia 830, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, Nokia 630 mobile phones և Kinnect game. The team that won the nomination of the best cloud solution received GOCLEVER TAB Aries 10.1 BLT White gadget from Rostelecom CJSC.

 

Hackathon YAN Gyumri 2014 was organized and held by Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia within the Innoweekend project with the support of the US Embassy in RA, Swiss Embassy in RA and EU representation in Armenia in partnership with the Public Journalism Club, Enterprise Incubator Foundtaion, Microsoft Armenia and Gyumri Technology Center.

 

History: Hachathon is a Silicon Valley-generated extensive contest aimed at solving existing problems through collaborative computer programming and new technologies. Hachathon/YAN/ has been held in Armenia annually since 2011. The contest is expected to lead to the creation of a number of prototypes for ready-made projects, mobile applications and solutions that can be demanded not only in Armenia but also in international markets.