The Accenture Hackathon Games this past weekend put a twist on the standard hackathon. In addition to creating an app in 24 hours, teams had to compete in 6 mini team-building competitions throughout the night.
The scores from the 6 challenges were added to the final judging scores of their apps. Sponsors also awarded prizes for the best use of their APIs in an app. The competition for the Sinch prize of $500 was fierce, but one team, Scallawag, pulled through by using Sinch in a unique way.
>We’ve all used apps and websites for anonymous video-chatting, texting, and messaging, but Scallawag noticed that anonymous phone calling didn’t yet exist. Users open the app and immediately have the option to make and receive calls from anonymous users that are also currently using the app, using Sinch app-to-app calling.
But there’s a catch – you only get 90 seconds to talk to each person! After 90 seconds, the call is automatically disconnected, and you have no way to contact that person again.
Since the members of Scallawag are college students attending Santa Clara University, they thought this would be a fun way to spend a lazy (and safe!) evening with friends.
Maybe in the future, users can choose to only talk to people nearby, in the hopes of meeting someone that also attends the same university. They also have plans to add voice-distortion options so that you can make your voice sound different for an extra layer of anonymity.
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