Tech Valley COG Hackathon


Okay, so this is my first hackathon that I have attended in a while and I am somewhat nervous and excited. The last hackathon I attended was in college and I managed to convince Dave and Ezafat to come with me to the competition! I was sure to pack all of my stuff like an extra monitor, power strips, sleeping bag, and tons of hackable hardware. We would travel for 3 hours from NYC to Troy NY.

Competition Description

Create IoT hacks that solve the world’s problems: Smart Health, Smart Buildings, Smart Cities…

New WiFi and internet-enabled microcontrollers are opening the opportunity to hack together new Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. Bringing together experts, mentors, hackers and judges, the Tech Valley Center of Gravity is hosting an IoT Hackathon 2016. Powered by AT&T, and supported by Jeff Branson of Sparkfun, the IoT Hackathon promises to be a fun and exciting event to build new devices, software and teams. Focus areas include transportation and infrastructure, health care, clean technology and consumer devices, with over $1000 in prizes to be awarded.

Team Members

  • David Maiman
  • Eugene Chung
  • Ezafat Khan
  • George Balayan
  • Asheik Hussain

Our Project


We wanted to create an integrated solution for fire safety among the general public. Many people die every year from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning. The recent death of a mother and her daughter inside of a car due to carbon monoxide inspired us to come up with a solution to save lives. We wanted to come up with a system that could help fire fighters find victims quickly and prevent false alarms.

Features of the Flame Warden Alarm system

  • Smoke and carbon monoxide sensor
  • Blinking LEDs and loud buzzer sound
  • Additional layer of fire validation via real time video analysis
  • Immediate alert to the authorities and registered users of a potential threat (SMS and Email)
  • Mobile application
  • Locationing of people within the hazardous area
  • Live image of the hazard area with count of people and type of threat

How does it work

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  • Raspberry Pi
  • Camera / Touch Screen
  • Hardware Sensors (CO/Gas module/LED)
  • Mobile programming (iOS)
  • Image processing and detection (OpenCV)
  • Cloud Deployment (Digital Ocean)

The Raspberry Pi acts as the main unit for the fire alarm system with a smoke sensor, Carbon Monoxide sensor, camera, LED array, and speakers attached. The camera is used to count the amount of people that are in the room using OpenCV and facial recognition algorithms. The LED array is used to create a bright light to indicate that there is a fire and the speakers output a high pitch sound to alert people. When a fire is detected, the Raspberry Pi will send the data to our REST server to notify all registered devices.

Check out our project!

Here is the devpost link to our project for more info : FlameWarden