HackerHouse cadets to showcase dreams on Sunday


Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 4:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 4:52 p.m.

For three months, the first class of eight HackerHouse cadets has been living together with free food and lodging with nothing to worry about but inventing technologies and starting companies.

Some came in with existing projects, such as Sam Gregory’s iFishEarth, a smartphone application that aggregates fishing and tide reports by location.

Eric Pheterson [a]and Michael Coleman teamed up on an idea they came up when the group traveled to Atlanta for the AngelHack “hackathon” - the MyReps.me application that provides contact information and voting records of the user’s Congress persons.

With mentorship from successful entrepreneurs, the cadets came up with ideas, developed prototypes and wrote business plans resulting in five new companies over 12 weeks.

The companies and their inventions will be unveiled during Final Demo Day that is open to the public starting at 6 p.m. Sunday at 101 Downtown, 201 SE Second Ave.

Augi Lye, founder of Trendy Entertainment and ToneRite, started HackerHouse in a 1907 Victorian house he bought across from the Thomas Center in the Duckpond area. According to the HackerHouse website, Lye found that business incubators “are not actively cultivating the talent and mindset needed to produce true engineering entrepreneurs.”

The cadets were selected from applications based on their creativity and drive, said Trevor Abbott, who applied as a cadet and was hired as house manager. Most are University of Florida students or graduates.

In addition to managing the house, Abbott teamed with cadet Ty Parker on the Chill Bit, a device that turns a warm beer or soda cold after 30 to 60 seconds of spinning in ice or ice water without foaming up.

The other inventions include Chime, a geodesic-shaped device that makes music based on motion, and a smart pet feeder that allows users to remotely monitor and regulate pet feeding.

HackerHouse is taking applications through Aug. 1 for the second class that starts Sept. 1. Details are available at HackerHouse.info.

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