First off, we are all astonished by the quality of minds that came together this past weekend to tackle one of San Diego’s greatest challenges, climate change. Thank you to all the participants for making the first San Diego SmartCity Hackathon a success, and a big congratulations to the finalists! What occurred this past weekend is a testament to the talent living in this city and gives us all confidence that together we can continue to improve America’s Finest City.

Come celebrate the first San Diego SmartCity Hackathon and its finalists tomorrow at the Award’s Ceremony. We’ve listed the finalists and honorable mention below.



By Anish Kannan, Nick Crow

Recyclic is a virtual reality game that places the player in a recycling plant and tasks them with sorting incoming trash into trash, recycling, yard waste, or battery waste bins. If the player makes mistakes, it informs how the materials should be sorted so they can learn. If the player does well, more trash comes faster and faster, but is worth a higher score. The game also gives a motivation of recycling correctly as the room becomes messier and messier as the player misses.


By Paul McMahon, Martin Pszczola, Calvin Xavier Gomez, Rashmi Keshava Iyengar,  Nihar Mauskar

This mobile application offers a way to encourage individuals to utilize alternative forms of transit such as walking, biking or public transportation. It offer credits to users that are accrued by using these alternative modes of transport. In turn, these credits can be used to buy public transit passes as well as coupons, products, or deals from local businesses that the city has partnered with.


By Kirk Davis, Chuanqiao Huang, Sara Attou, Matthew Attou

Routed is an iOS application which gives the city tools to make smarter decisions on where to promote and incentivize ride shares. It analyzes traffic volume and reports the costs for different modes of transportation.

One Drop

By Carmel Fiscko, YiDing Fang, Max Oliver Geislinger, Lydia Ko, Max Xing, Mason Park

The application and sensors promote a competitive conservation effort by informing the user of their current water usage relative to their neighbors and their past interactions. With a breakdown of water usage through pie chart, people can understand the ways in which they consume and better follow a usage pattern acceptable to their own standards. By maintaining a usage history, users are rewarded by their improving habits and become aware of the way they live.

Carpool App

By Arleen Ponce, Byron Ponce, Jason Liu

Carpool App connects people attending events to people who live nearby. This helps connect them to their neighbors that share common interests based on the event they are both attending. It also seeks to cut down on 25-33% of cars on the road to an event by getting people that would have driven a car with just 1, 2 or 3 people to combine with another car.

Honorable Mention


By Jack Park, Keith Choison, Justin Cho, Michael Kang, Hans Yu, Martin Arreola

Spectre makes sense of information. It brings databases together and makes it easier to search for, analyze, and visualize information. It’s an intuitive, modular platform that makes city planners, service men and women, contractors, and anyone that works with the city, better at what they do.

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