RunKeeper Hack-a-Thon (October 2014)

On October 2–3 we held our semi-annual “Hack-a-Thon” at RunKeeper, a two-day event where we mix up our teams and break out of our normal work schedule in order to tackle some crazy, fun, and ambitious projects that we really care about. My team’s project was to integrate a special body motion sensor into the RunKeeper app that allowed us to analyze foot strike information and recommend safer ways to run that could reduce the risk of injury. It was a hit, even landing us “Best in Show” award as voted by my RunKeeper colleagues!

For more detail about our project, you can check out this post on RunKeeper’s “Beyond the Miles” blog. A huge thanks to our guests Mark Finch of IMeasureU, Steve Jamison of Spaulding National Running Center, and Mike Rainbow of Queen’s University for being part of the “Feet of the Conchords” team and helping us bring home the gold!

Also, if you really want to get a great sense of what it’s like to participate in a RunKeeper Hack-a-Thon, check out this amazing video created by the “Hackumentary” team led by our own very talented Mariah Muscato:


Nicholas Arcolano

Senior Data Scientist at TrueMotion. Formerly Runkeeper, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Harvard SEAS Ph.D. Loves running, though it doesn't always love him back.


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