Developers Compete to Create ‘Sensory’ Experiences with Febreze Home API

Editor’s Note: In an effort to help other organizations understand how to run hackathons the way the pros do -- everything from organizing and partnering with other API providers to the sort of prizes that are necessary to recruit the best developers -- ProgrammableWeb has partnered with AngelHack to get the inside track on how it organizes events for some of the biggest brands like Febreze, the NFL, and FLIR.

Can a Hackathon smell good? This weekend, an estimated 100 hackers are about to find out! The Febreze Home Hackathon (yes, that’s right – a Febreze Hackathon) will take place at the RobotX Space event in Santa Clara, and will feature technology and prizes from Procter & Gamble, Arrayent, Amazon, Google, Nest, and PARC–a Xerox company, in partnership with AngelHack.

Developers will be challenged to come up with ways to “envision a home system that blends music with scent, or an interconnected room that uses feeling, sight and smell”, by leveraging access to APIs for the Febreze Home device—the world’s first connected air freshener/odor eliminator.

It uses Febreze scented oil refills and includes WiFi connectivity, a humidity sensor, motion sensor, and multicolor pathway lighting. The current Febreze Connect mobile app monitors scented oil levels, provides control over normal or boost modes, night/pathway lighting, and interoperability with the Nest learning thermostat and Nest Protect CO/smoke detector using the Arrayent Connect Cloud™ and EcoAdaptor™ services.

This sold-out event will provide the Febreze Home™ device, Google Assistant, and Nest APIs, plus Google Home and Amazon Echo digital assistants for hackers to experiment with as they build their solutions. More than $10,000 in prizes are available, including a $5,000 Grand Prize, 2 internships at PARC, Nest products, Amazon Echos, and $2,500 from Arrayent for the solution that demonstrates the “Most Innovative Interoperability.”

Judges for the Hackathon will include Gina Richards, Digital Supply Chain Associate Director at Procter & Gamble; Andrew Urman, Business Development – Global Partnerships at Google; Hoda Eldardiry, Manager of PARC Machine Learning Group, Raj Apte, Engineer at Google; Pam Schofield, Vice President, Research & Development, Procter & Gamble; Doug Renert, Co-Founding Partner, Tandem Capital; and Jarrod Sinclair, Chief Architect at Arrayent.

Curious about what exciting (and delightfully smelling) things hackers might build with a Febreze API? Interested in learning more about how the APIs were prepared and released for the Hackathon? Want to know how this whole crazy idea came together? Stay tuned – we’ll feature the winning projects right here on ProgrammableWeb. To learn more about the Febreze Home and Febreze Connect App, check out https://www.febrezehome.com.

Be sure to read the next Home Automation article: Amazon Updates Alexa API to Support New Smart Home Experiences

 

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