|[March 10, 2014]
Winner of the First Annual Compare Metrics + Leap Motion Hackathon Announced at SXSW
AUSTIN, Texas --(Business Wire)--
Metrics, the leading provider of Adaptive Commerce navigation and
discovery tools, and Leap
Motion, the creator of innovative technology that enables users to
interact with computers in more natural and dynamic ways, today
announced Team PolyDrop as the winning team of the First Annual Compare
Metrics + Leap Motion Hackathon competition. The Hackathon Awards
Ceremony was held Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m. at Capital
Factory, where the top three teams showcased their work for over 75
attendees that were in Austin to kickoff the South
by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) Festival.
The PolyDrop app is eligible to be accepted into Leap Motion's Airspace
app store, and the team of Josh Kelle, Dallas Kelle and Matt Broussard
will receive a full Unity3D Professional license plus get an interview
with the Leap
AXLR8R for consideration in their next class. The accelerator
program provides members with a $25,000 stipend and mentorship from
experts such as John Underkoffler (UI designer behind Minority Report),
and design & innovation consulting firm IDEO, amongst others.
Judges Garrett Eastham of Compare Metrics, Josh Baer of Capital Factory,
William Hurley of Chaotic Moon Studios, Jon Loyens of HomeAway, and
Avinash Dabi from Leap Motion chose Team PolyDrop as the winner after
the top finalists from each of the three tracks (Discovery, Gaming and
Design) demonstrated their final products at the March 8 event.
on February 21-23 served as a platform for software engineers in the
early stages of their careers to demonstrate their skills and abilities
for a collection of renowned companies in the Austin startup community.
Each hacker that completed a project in the February Hackathon received
Motion Controller of their own to continue exploring and designing
"SXSWi is a great atmosphere to connect with others from around the
industry and expand your own personal horizons in the world of tech.
Moreover, we were thrilled to be a part of this event that has showcased
the wonderful and unique talent located right in our own backyard of
Austin, Texas," said Garrett Eastham, CEO of Compare Metrics.
here for more information about the Hackathon winners and their
About Compare Metrics
Compare Metrics' Adaptive Commerce solution offers a more "humanized"
approach to online product discovery, allowing consumers to use their
own natural language to express personal preferences and style, rather
than terminology driven by standardized merchandising categories and
keywords. Adaptive Commerce solutions from Compare Metrics understand
and react to what consumers want, resulting in increased shopper
engagement and conversion, as well as improved relevancy and efficiency
in demand generation and marketing strategies. The company is led by a
team that combines extensive experience in retail technology with
disruptive innovations that push the boundaries of machine learning and
natural language processing. For more information, visit www.comparemetrics.com.
About Leap Motion
Leap Motion™ provides a revolutionary new way for people to play,
create, explore and learn with their computers. Leap Motion's
proprietary technology, invented by co-founder David Holz, can track the
in-air movement of both hands and all 10 fingers with incredible
accuracy and no visible latency. The Leap Motion Controller is a small
USB device. The California based company was founded in 2010 by David
Holz and Michael Buckwald.
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