AT&T Mobile App Hackathon – Las Vegas / Summit Recap
The AT&T Hackathon this last last weekend at CES pulled in over 850 attendees and formed 74 teams that competed for $200,000 in cash and prizes. The top prizes were a Chevy Volt for the “Connected Car Challenge” and $30,000 for the best overall mobile app utilizing AT&T APIs, specifically our new Call Management and WebRTC APIs. All of the prizes can be found here. Needless to say it was a wild and out weekend that consisted of consuming ungodly amounts of caffeinated beverages, networking the heck out of the event, sharing ideas and FANTASTIC times had by all. If you had a chance to look up from your computer, Ralph De La Vega and John Donovan did visit the event to check things out. The AT&T Developer Program went all out for this event and delivered a fully catered blow-out finale at the infamous Rain nightclub complete with a rockstar band. Links to the various online articles and videos about the event can be found at the end of this blog.
There are two significant takeaways from the AT&T Summit Hackathon that got me excited and that I would like to share with you:
- Iteration drives results
- Try new things and push the edges of your comfort zone to experience something new
Iteration drives results and Ruggero Scorcioni, the first place overall winner of the hackathon, is a fantastic real life example of this concept. Iteration forces optimization to customer feedback as well as getting the group to make a decision and move forward. Ruggero was able to iterate quickly his pitch and idea because other developers, curious as to what he was trying to create, peppered him with questions when he first hacked the brainwave cat ears. Ultimately, this iterative process enabled Ruggero to deliver an amazingly precise concept that made sense without overwhelming technical jargon. It is precisely this process of iteration that I hope we can take back to our companies.
Another great takeaway is that trying new things and pushing the edges of your comfort zone are what enable you to level up your skills and discover interesting new things. The Orbotix team who not only completed two hackathon submissions, but also pumped out an upgraded SDK for Axeda (one of our hackathon sponsors). The technical expertise and drive enabled the team to work through the night to pull off this feat. These events enable the Orbotix team to rapidly ingest new technology within a short period of time and show off their crazy mad skills. The team has since decided that they will be coming back to the AT&T Summit Hackathon every year because they had such a great experience.
Of course, none of this would have been possible without our excellent support teams from AT&T, Voxeo and Ericsson, so A BIG THANK YOU goes out to the technical support staff that put in many extra hours prior and during the event to ensure an over the top developer experience. The team work leading up to and during the event truly showed in the apps that were produced as well as the developer appreciation expressed for an effortless event.
To quote Jim Collins and Morten Hansen, “We cannot predict the future. But we can create it.” It is this belief that you create your future that drives hackathons and our endless quest to help you succeed. You, the developer, are the driving force behind these hackathons and to you we tip our hats. Together we can find new solutions, new revenue paths and new businesses. Keep discovering and we look forward to seeing you at the next event!
AT&T Connect Car Challenge sponsored by GM – 1st Place (2013 Chevy Volt) – QuickTrip
AT&T Call Management Challenge – 1st Place ($10,000) – Joyride
AT&T M2M Application Platform Challenge
- 1st Place ($10,000, 6 months Axeda Service, & Trip to Axeda Connexion) -M2M Rocket
- 2nd Place (One Samsung ATIV smart PC 8 X86 Tablet, One AT&T Connectivity Kit, 6 months Axeda Service, & Trip to Axeda Connexion) – Canary
- 3rd Place (6 months Axeda Service, & Trip to Axeda Connexion) – Good Times
SalesForce Challenge – 1st Place ($5,000) – Silver Screener
Top 8 Teams (Microsoft Surface with Windows RT, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Purity headphones, Nokia Premium Developer Token (offering up to $1500 worth of benefits), DVLUP Private Beta Token, DVLUP Premium Backpack)
- Clinical Collab
- Teching using NFC
- My Events
1st Place HTML5 ($5,000) – Super Assist
1st Place Cascades ($2,500) – Mind Drive
1st Place AT&T API (Trip to Europe) – Personal Recon
- 1st Place (Jawbone Jam Box/Beats by Dre Headphones) – Meet in the Middle
- 2nd Place (Jawbone Jam Box/Beats by Dre Headphones) – Clinical Collab
- 1st Place (HTC One VX and $500 in Best Buy Giftcards) – Voice Note
- 2nd Place (HTC One VX) – Brand Lock Widgets
Summit Presentations can be found here: http://developer.att.com/summit
- TechCrunch / Keen Article
- PCMag Article
- Computer World
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- Article 9
- Article 10
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