‘Sell what you like, to who you like’

Let’s say that because of your work or lifestyle, you can’t live in the same place for long periods of time. What do you do with all the stuff you bought to make your apartment look pretty??

Are you going to constantly carry all the furniture from place to place?

What if you could access a platform where you could easily sell all the temporary furniture you had for short periods of time. And better yet, what if you could use it as an easy way to sell or give away stuff on Facebook? That was what Jordan Sitkin (from Decurate) thought of two months ago at HackSantiago and (originally named Fribble) was born. is a place where you can sell the things you like, to the people you like. Continue reading

Satelinx: Developing Custom Satellite Communications and Sensor Networks

Nicolás Kipreos, Sergio Campamá and Jose Luis Honorato co-founded Satelinx, a company that works developing custom hardware and software focused on satellite communications and sensor networks. Based in Chile and available worldwide, their expertise in GPS tracking and distributed sensor networks, offer flexible solutions according to the client’s need and the team can handle high quality solutions in tight schedules.

As a demo at Hacksantiago, the team developed a local network of temperature sensors with capacity of triggering a fan that can be remotely activated via web. Continue reading

Squape: The more we get together, the happier we’ll be!

The more we get together, the happier we’ll be, ‘Cause your friends are my friends, and my friends are your friends….I could totally imagine Barney rocking that song. And after a quick visit to youtube, I found him doing exactly that!

But what might that song look like in real life? Seems that the startup team at Squape has some idea! Launched in just 2 days at HackSantiagoSquape is a startup out of Santiago, Chile founded by Patricio Jimenez (23), José Albornoz (18) and Felipe Cabargas (20) that makes it easier to spend more time with the people you love in the places you love.

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“E-Box” aims to revolutionize Smart Home Technology market

HackSantiago‘s 2nd place winner, home automation start up ‘Proyecto-X‘, now officially named E-Box, is looking to take a cut of the 2012 $6 billion projected wireless/smart home market (Source: On World). Based out of Santiago, Chile ‘E-Box’ is currently in the rapid prototyping stage of developing a smart home technology service (SaaS).  The software allows you to use your handheld mobile device (or the web) to manage and control, automatically or manually, electronics in the home or office spaces, and gain information and metrics through sensors.

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HackSantiago: The experience

Editor’s noteKarla Lopez is a Start-Up Chile entrepreneur, JobConvo co-founder, a platform which provides online job interview solutions, currently on their public beta. You can follow her @vivoandando

We were looking for ways to bring together Startup Chile entrepreneurs and Chilean developers when the idea of HackSantiago came up. Hackatons are always a good opportunity to experiment with different technologies and start new projects and we thought that would be a great way to connect local developers to an international network.

The first step was finding a place that could provide the informal and collaborative environment we were planning to the event. Co-Work was a perfect fit. Teaming up with a local partner like Huevapi also helped find our way into sponsors and other partnerships.

HackSantiago was received with a warm welcome by the online tech media in Chile. It makes us think why there aren’t more hackatons around here. Santiago has lots of talent and they are hungry for real challenges and opportunities to get together and build great things.

The results?

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HackSantiago: And the winners are…

Last Sunday (Nov 27th), HackSantiago teams made their presentations. There were a total of 8 die hard projects that participated in all 48 hours of the Hackathon. Just one project was started Saturday’s night and it didn’t have something ready to show by Sunday.

The topics of developed projects were related with real state, gaming, mobile payments and home automation, amongst others.

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HackSantiago Kicks Off Today

For all you Chileno HackerNews junkies who spend your days in the cloud and your nights in Github, this weekend is HackSantiago. This 48 hour programming marathon will take place at Co-Work, which is a modern designed coworking space based in the Providencia neighborhood of Santiago. Expect to see some of the best programmers and developers in the Santiago metropolitan area showing off their design and development skills under pressure.

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