GE's FirstBuild 33-hour Mega Hackathon makes the app-monitored slow cooker and Arduino-controlled oven

In the home of the future, you could prepare a perfectly roasted coffee at home in an Arduino-controlled oven, talk to your refrigerator via a voice-controlled mobile app, and get video updates on your crockpot’s progress from afar. These are the winning ideas from the world’s biggest ever hackathon on home appliances, GE’s FirstBuild 33-hour Mega Hackathon, in which more than 200 teams of makers, designers and engineers took part.

The event was organized by GE’s FirstBuild, a global co-creation community, and it took place in its new microfactory in Louisville, Kentucky. The teams competed to hack and build the next generations of household appliances, for a chance to win over $60,000 in cash. as well as other prizes.

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