Great Things From The Thingiverse Hackathon

Hackathon planning

On April 6-7, MakerBot Headquarters played host to a few dozen members of the MakerBot and Thingiverse communities for the first ever Thingiverse Hackathon!

If you’ve never heard of a hackathon, check out this Wikipedia explanation.

This was a fun couple of days with several great projects going on. Participants used the Thingiverse API to exploit Thingiverse data for other cool purposes, and we wanted to let you know the winners. There was a slight delay in sharing as the new Apps are still mostly in progress. But let’s share the good news anyway.


1st prize went to Brian Kehrer, a game designer from Psyop. Brian knew he wanted to build an iPad/Android application based on the 3D library Unity. His app allows you to create your own vase by dragging points into unique shapes, and then upload the new design straight to Thingiverse. Brian’s app is not quite ready for upload, but the judges loved what they saw and awarded Brian a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. He was really excited to get his first 3D printer, and we’re pretty excited that he plans to bring it to the Psyop office where a bunch of 3D modelers work.


2nd place

2nd prize went to a team of entrants from Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Brooklyn with their entry Lithogram. Lithogram turns your Instragram photos into woodblock prints that you can use to apply ink on paper materials. The app also generates frames to hold your artistic creations. Nice! The team included Arian Croft (aka Thingiverse member DutchMogul), Nemil Dalal, Evan Farrar, and Paul Kaplan, who won a Parrot AR Drone for their efforts. We hope they fly it back and forth between their cities. Lithogram is still in the works, but you’re going to love it once it’s up. Stay tuned.


3rd place

3rd prize went to the team of Rob Carlsen, Sune Kaae (both of the creative agency R/GA), and notable Thingiverse member Laird Popkin. The guys built a Data Visualization app using information from Nike Fuel. Using the Nike Fuel API, the team grabbed a week’s worth of data and plotted it out by hour on the X axis, days by Y axis and fuel points by Z height. A back panel on the resulting 3D model shows overall fuel points for the day. The Activity Visualizer App is up on Thingiverse now! The guys took home an EggBot, one of our favorite gadgets from Evil Mad Scientist.