A Web application that uses the open source Arduino hardware platform and allows people to rent sports equipment from their mobiles has won first place at BattleHack Sydney, a global hackathon sponsored by PayPal and its Braintree subsidiary.
Sixteen teams participated in the Sydney event, which took place 26-27 July.
The winning team — GearBox — will be flown to Silicon Valley to compete in the world finals against 13 other teams. The team that takes out the global competition will win a US$100,000 prize.
The finals will take place in November this year. It will be the first time an Australian team will compete in the global competition.
The app uses an Arduino Yun microcontroller, which is integrated into a secure box that houses sports equipment. A timer is used to calculate the total amount of money a user owes for renting the equipment, which can be paid for through PayPal.
Coming in second place was Local Heroes: A geo-tagged crowdfunding platform for people to raise funds relating to local issues.
Team Small Solutions won third place with creating an app that allows cashless purchasing of magazines using Bluetooth beacons.