Internet of Things Hackathon – 8 Ingenious Hardware Hacks for Real World Problems


Team Jericho won the Internet of Things (IOT) Hackathon held on April 26, 2015 at the Microsoft Office in Makati.

The “Internet of Things” covers familiar devices – wearables, phones and tablets, computers, Smart TVs, home appliances, even cars – that can all “talk” to each other via the Internet.

IOT Hacks winner Team Jericho (above) pitched a mobility assistance cane for the blind that uses sonar to sense above-waist obstacles to warn a blind user. The warnings take the form of beeps – the closer the obstacle, the more escalated the beeps. Information the cane amasses can be sent to Microsoft Azure servers so that the blind population can build a “Four Square” tailored to their needs – because the blind do not experience the web in the way the visually non-impared can.

A proper white cane costs about $50 (P2,200), the prototype sonar cane costs $71 (P3,124). Even if the first retail version reaches four or five times the prototype’s amount, that’s still cheap compared to getting a seeing eye dog, which costs about $48,000.00.

All this is for version 1.0. The next version, should Team Jericho get funding, will involve a head-mounted sonar (held by left-most team member pictured above) that they want to take a smaller form. Right now the prototype is as big as a wash basin. Team Jericho is comprised of FJ Camillo, Lee Yeo, and Lorenzo Miguel Villalon.

Team Jericho with OIT Hacks judges and organizers. Team Jericho members each received a Globe Tattoo Pocket WiFi device and Lumia 625 Windows phones.

Sponsored by Microsoft Philippines and Globe Labs and organized by Red Wizards, the IOT Hackathon aims to showcase Microsoft’s Azure services (specifically Event Hub,Streaming Analytics, and Web Sites) in the context of a full end to end IoT solution. The hacks take the form of hardware designed to solve real world problems.

Eight (8) teams pitched at the IOT Hackathon, some of whom were given special prizes.

Here are the projects and team members:

Home Care Device IncSecond Place
– Smart devices to take care of the people who once took care of us.
– Members – Floyd Piedad, Jan Pabellon, Polo Piedad

Project: JerichoOverall Winner and Azure Services Awardee
– An IOT mobility solution for the blind
– Members – Lee Yeo, FJ Camillo, Renzo Villalon

Vehicle Security Mobile App System
– A vehicle security mobile alarm, control and locate app
– Members – Roderic Flores, Adrian Dequina, Harvey Oroceo, John Benedict Rillo

Project: Poltergeist
– An immersive living room experience
– Members – Bernie Ngojo, Kimberly Bernabe

Project: Enotify
– Emergency notification service
– Member – Mark Ivankari Sancho

Project 3rd PartyThird Place
– Cloud-based, non-intrusive asset monitoring service
– Members – Johnaray Dimaunahan, Victor Saromo, Franklin Binos II, Keith Beja

Kamote FanJudges’ Favorite
– Temperture-controlled fan
– Members – Thomas Ignacio, Miguel Go
– Real-time parking monitoring system
– Members – Jasper Barcelona

IOT Hackathon winner, special prize winners, judges, and organizers.

The criteria for judging are:

Business Viability – 30%
– Will this make money?
– Was the business idea validated?
– Was the team able to show that people have bought or / will buy their product or concept?

Technical Execution – 30%
– Does it work?
– Did the team show a working prototype?
– Are you convinced of its effectiveness?
– Do you see or not a better technical solution?

Team Kamoteng Kahoy had the youngest participants and was easily the Judges’ favorite. Thomas Ignacio and Miguel Go are 18 and 16 years old, respectively. Right after their temperature-controlled fan presentation, one of the judges asked, “Where can I buy this?”

Relevance – 20%
– Does the team solve an actual problem?
– Does it consistently solve the problem?
– Is it sustainable?
– Are there no other simpler solutions?

Presentation – 20%
– Was the idea well communicated?
– Did you understand the business side?
– Was the prototype detail properly explained?

The Judges

  • Benjie Tan, Business Head of Research and Development, Technology and Design at Globe Telecom (He is the engineer at Comnet responsible for connecting the Philippines to the Internet.)
  • Bettina “Tina” Malone, Counselor for Public Affairs for the US Embassy in Manila
  • John San Pedro, CEO and co-founder of Incubix Technologies.
  • Jorge Azurin, CEO of and previously Regional Director at
  • Matthew Cua, President and CEO of Awesome Lab


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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for