AT&T / AllSeen Mini Hackathon – Connected Car/Device – Phoenix, AZ
What happens when 55+ hyper motivated and creative developers & entrepreneurs get together in one space? Open discussions, great networking, new friendships and projects getting launched. Hackathons are all about creating an environment that supports developers with new opportunities, life learnings, new friends and business connections.
AT&T hackathons were designed as a marketing outreach and demand generation program back in 2010 for our API program and we have hosted over 85+ hackathons since. You can find out about our prior and current events here, and make sure to attend our upcoming Connected Car and Home hackathon at CTIA Super Mobility Week on September 6th!
AT&T / AllSeen AllJoyn Connected Device Hackathon Event Overview
AT&T Hackathons give attendees an opportunity to pitch ideas, form teams, and build prototypes within 24 hours. The best part is that many of these aspiring entrepreneurs continue the pursuit long after the weekend is over and strive to launch a business from the concept.
For this hackathon, the focus was on connected car and devices with the intent of looking at how to animate and connect devices like cars, doors, robots, and even remote sensing devices. Projects involved the connected car (sponsored by Local Motors) and connected light bulbs (sponsored by LIFX). When there is a Rally Fighter parked in the hackathon space, it is hard not to want to tinker with the car! The developers were super ecstatic because the Linux Foundation brought a number of Arduino Yun and Raspberry Pi devices for use over the weekend.
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Lightning Talks and Team Formation
We kicked off the event on Saturday morning with coffee, donuts, and developers who packed out the Local Motors HQ warehouse to pitch their ideas. The event then moved into lightning talks with Brian Spencer of Qualcomm who introduced the AllJoyn open source framework that enables devices to discover the attributes and features of other devices within the same room. Developers then pitched their ideas and skills to their peers. Each presenter had only 60 seconds to sell their concept and communicate:
- Who they are and their super power
- The problem they want to solve
- How they’re going to solve that problem
- What they need to solve that problem
Participants networked and self-organized around ideas they liked and finalized on six ideas, which are listed at the end of this blog.
Code Completion and Pitching!
While the majority of the attendees were adults, we had a team of high school students who were part of a local robotics team. They brought their robotics project over to the space to work on integrating a mobile app and social media via Twitter’s API. A number of the students were new to application development and were quite intrigued by the Arduino boards that Linux Alliance had brought to the event. We also had a couple of mentors from the local community who helped teams refine their pitches, as well as their value proposition. Some teams progressed further within the eight hours of the hackathon than others, but everyone was ready for the 5 PM presentation start time.
The top teams were:
- Best AT&T APIs ($500) – Team ChrisOctoblue
- Best Beginner Team ($250) – Team ReadySetGo
- Best Connected Car App ($500) – Team Caniborrow
- Best Multidevice App ($250) – Team WatchUnlock
- Best Use of LIFX ($500) – Team Stealth Saver
- Silliest App ($250) – Team Seinfeld
Big Thanks to Everyone who Came Out!
These events are made possible by the generosity of our sponsors: Local Motors, Octoblue, LIFX, Linux Alliance, and Qualcomm. If you get a chance, make sure to check out the AllJoyn stack. It is a very unique way for devices to communicate. It provides devices a way to discover another device’s capabilities. Previously, there was no set protocol that governed device discovery.
As a final note, make sure to check out Local Motors. Your hyper-connected world is changing right before your eyes. Hackathons are only the start of this movement, that Local Motors has fondly coined “co-creation,” that enables individuals to come together to collectively create an entire vehicle from bumper to bumper. You can see this co-creation theme in other companies like Quirky and companies funded by Kickstarter, Indegogo and others.