Creep Alert Takes Top Honors In Wearables Hackathon
More than three dozen students and graduates competed in the Wearables Hackathon in the Butler Venture Accelerator at the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College, using wearable technology to experiment with creating new products.
Creep Alert, featuring undergraduate students Tien Mai (Babson College Global Scholar), Jack Rokous (founder, ROKO Design & Clothing Co.), Mara Steiu (founder, iXperiment), and Eagle Wu (founder, Vinci VR), took top honors for their product that would alert a friend if the person wearing the device found themselves in danger from a stranger.
Five teams were named finalists in the February 24th competition, sponsored by the Babson Fashion Entrepreneurial Initiative and the IoT Initiative at Babson College:
- Creep Alert
Faculty members Caroline Daniels of the Entrepreneurship faculty and Ruben Mancha from the Technology, Operations, and Information Management (TOIM) faculty organized the event, which featured a Design Thinking Session with TOIM Professor Victor Seidel.
“Our students, once again, managed to exceed my expectations. Teams of graduate and undergraduate students, most of them without coding experience, not only programmed a wearable in the span of a day but designed digital experiences and socially responsible business models. Babson students, with their ingenuity and bent for experimentation, are uniquely qualified to tackle business challenges with technology.” – Professor Mancha
Throughout the day students also:
- Discussed the state of the art of the wearables and fashion industries
- Learned how to apply design thinking to the development of wearables
- Interacted with wearables devices.
The Benson Student Technology Fund provided event technology .