WiseDame Wins The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, A Black Box For Real Life

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This weekend, 450 or so developers descended upon the San Francisco Design Center to hack. The result? Some really cool/interesting/crazy stuff being made at our TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. On Sunday, it was time to present before our selection of judges: Cyan BannisterBrett BullingtonRebekah CoxChris DixonBradley HorowitzDean HoveyMichael MarquezChristopher PooleJoshua Schachter, and Mike Schroepfer.

After 86 60-second presentations on stage, the judges went backstage to pick the ones they felt put their time to best use last night (and/or gave the best presentation on little or no sleep).

The overall winner was WiseDame, an app that allows you to easily let people you care about know where you are. For example, perhaps you told your parents that you would be home at a certain time, but you’re going to be late for some reason, you’ll get a notification to let them know why. Perhaps your phone battery is dying and you’ll be forced off the grid — you can also send out a message to let someone know this so they don’t freak out when they can’t reach you.

This app was developed with women in mind — specifically, J’aime Ohm, the sole developer, viewed it as a “black box” recorder like they have in planes, but for real life. But you can easily see this idea being applicable in a lot of ways. (See our video with J’aime above.)

Congrats to WiseDame — they’ll get some time to present during TechCrunch Disrupt, which begins tomorrow.

Below, the full list of Hackathon awards winners:

Honorable mentionsezetop, PitchHero, Potweet, Ostrich, Display ^ N, Pinnokio, Netflix Theater

Best Demo – Active Hackers

Best Business ModelGreenZone

Funniest — Drinkerator

Creepiest – D8Coach

Top Prize — WiseDame

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Hackathon. We’ll have full videos of each winning presentation up later tonight.

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