Nexpaq, a modular case producer for smartphones, held a live event, Hackathon, for developers of modules on August 21-23 in Melbourne, Australia. Developers can design their own modules using NDK (nexpaq developer kit) and sell them in online Nexpaq store. The developer kit contains exactly the same electronics found in Nexpaq cases (Android or iOS phone case), and allows to develop any kind of module.
Hackathon provided developers the venue for networking, and the opportunity to present their own modules and share ideas. There was a lecture on how to launch and run a hardware startup, and 3D printing workshop where participants learned how to print module casings.
Some awards were given out as well. The 3rd place of the Hackathon went to TechX for their heart rate monitor module, 2nd – to NexDirection for joystick module, 1st – to ISM for long range low power m2m radio. Among other interesting modules presented by participants there was one that would be able to detect any color and transmit it as hex to a user, and a blood glucose meter module.
No further news on the next Hackathon event followed, but according to the official twitter account, Nexpaq will take place at the startup event Pirate Summit on September 2-3 in Cologne, Germany. There Nexpaq will take part in the competition of hottest 80+ startups from around Europe.