The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, held every year, is a showcase for some of the world’s brightest and most innovative minds to show their talents. In the space of 24 hours, teams are tasked to craft “hacks” that improve the way we go about our daily lives.
This year, four of our talented developers – Robin Chang, Neil Gandhi, Dan Kim, and Karen Ho – brought home the first place prize from this year’s Hackathon. They worked tirelessly over the course of a full day to create Meter-Beater, an app that allows subscribers to top off expiring meters.
Anyone who works in San Francisco can tell you how impossible it is to find parking. Every day, commuters go on their own odyssey to find a place to safely and legally park their car. Meter-Beater uses location awareness to let any Meter-Beater subscriber to “top-up” another subscriber’s expiring meter. By implementing location detection, account tracking, and incentives for “topping-up,” Meter-Beater captures the spirit of TechCrunch Disrupt by alleviating the daily burdens that come with street parking.
Since Robin, Neil, Dan, and Karen are all full-stack developers, they were able to take on the huge task of building an app from ideation to production in 24 hours. Through smart delegation and team chemistry, the Meter-Beater team deservedly took home the MasterCard sponsored prize for their hard work.