Make your smart home devices do exactly what you want with a user-aware smart button

At the eny Hackathon, we're going to test the limits of the Internet of Things (IoT) with the help of a user-aware, battery-less smart button.

eny is a button that simplifies your users' lives by telling their smart home devices what to do. For example, if, every morning, a user walks around the house to turn on various lights, queue up the news on their TV, and start her coffee machine, she can instead tap eny, and it will do those tasks for her in an instant.

Increase Usage with Contextual Awareness

To get the most out of eny, you need it to understand and adapt to the user's day-to-day context. That's where the Neura SDK comes in. By tracking sensor data on users' devices and then analyzing it with proprietary machine learning algorithms, Neura gains an in-depth contextual knowledge of the customer. With users' consent, Neura will share contextual insights about users with third party devices like eny to enable advanced personalization.

Why participate?

Boost usage and retention. Attract new customers.
If you simplify your smart device with eny and personalize it with Neura, your customers will love it. They'll use it more and rave about it.

Get exposure to VCs.
You’ll get the chance to pitch your team/product to venture capitalists for potential seed funding and to members of Panasonic’s management team for potential partnership opportunities.

Win prizes!
We're giving away four different prizes ranging from cash ($$$) to free sourcing services.

What we provide

eny with following options:

  • Basic option (free): Will be provided on January 21st and returned after hackathon.
  • Advanced shipping and take away option ($100): Starting December 10th, we will offer advanced shipping on take away devkits. You also can register on Eventbrite beginning December 10th.
  • Student option (free): Beginning December 10th, if you’re a student, we will give you a free eny button (one per team). You must return the eny button(s) after the hackathon.

The Neura SDK

Connected device and appliance (amount to be discussed)

  

Timeline

Registration/Idea submission due:    Nov 23rd

Finalist announcement:                    Dec 1st

Devkit delivery*:                              Dec 10th~

Hackathon day:                               Jan 21st

Only those who applied to advanced shipping option.

 

View full rules

Eligibility

  • Team has to include developer. 
  • Teams with own products will have priority. It doesn’t have to be in the market.
  • Participation fee is $5/person (Only applies to those who qualify for the hackathon day. No fee for idea submissions).

Requirements

1. Submit Idea Sheet by November 23rd via template to eny@quantum.ne.jp.

  • Team leader name: 
  • Team leader mail:
  • Team leader phone: 
  • Company name/Team leader name: 

2. Participate in hackathon on January 21st and submit demo on devpost.

How to enter

1. Submit a product idea that uses eny and/or Neura to enhance the user experience/interface of your product. Explain how eny and/or Neura accomplishes this. Submit your idea to eny@quantum.ne.jp using eny template by Nov 23rd at 11:59 p.m. PST. 

  • Team leader name: 
  • Team leader mail:
  • Team leader phone: 
  • Company name/Team leader name: 

2. Once you are selected as a finalist, register on Eventbrite (registration opens in Dec).
3. Hackathon day is January 21st! Submit your demo via Devpost.

Judges

Naohiro Taniguchi

Naohiro Taniguchi
Director of New Business Development / EMCBD / AIS / Panasonic

Peter Keyashian

Peter Keyashian
Head of Business Development / Neura

Lucas Wang

Lucas Wang
CEO / HWTrek

Asra Nadeen

Asra Nadeen
Program Director / Draper University

Mark Noronha

Mark Noronha
Startup Engagement Lead / SAP Startup Focus

Judging Criteria

  • Value to user
    Is product/service solves pain point of customer or provide positive benefit?
  • User experience
    How eny improved the UX of existing user or create new user?
  • Distinctiveness vs. existing solution
    How is the solution unique to existing product/service?