AT&T Developer Summit – A Look At The Event
We had another successful AT&T Developer Summit this year, which was held at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The event kicked off with our biggest Hackathon of the year, where developers gathered in the Palm’s Rain nightclub to build new apps using the AT&T API platform and wearable solutions. Following the Hackathon, the President and CEO of AT&T Mobility, Ralph de la Vega, kicked off the keynote for the Developer Summit. Of course, the AT&T Developer Summit always has an incredible party. This year was no different. We had a party at Rain nightclub featuring a performance by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
At the event, we kept everyone in the know by posting photos to our Facebook page, and tweeting as happenings unfolded. There was also plenty of press coverage about the Developer Summit from sites like DroidLife, Las Vegas Review-Journal, BGR, GeekWire, Fast Company, and more. Without further ado here are highlights from the AT&T Developer Summit.
2014 AT&T Hackathon
The Hackathon took place on January 4th and 5th. So many developers attended that we had to hold it in the biggest space available in the Palms Hotel and Casino it’s nightclub Rain. Can you imagine coding in a nightclub? It was quite the exciting setting. Hundreds of developers from around the world gathered here to compete for $200,000 in prizes.
At the event, we provided presentations and code samples to help developers get started. We also included devices from a plethora of companies such as Plantronics, Samsung, Pebble, and SensorCon to name a few, as well as Auduino boards, Arudino Lilypad boards, Intel Galileo boards, and more. We also held DevLab sessions during the event to help developers work with our Speech API and Messaging API. There were two major themes of the Hackathon this year: wearables and the AT&T API. Both tracks had a dedicated $40,000 prize pool with $25,000 going to 1st place.
The winner of the wearables track was Team SafeNecklace for their solution that tracked a series of Gimbal proximity beacons that would notify the device when a beacon left a configurable range. They showed off this technology with a use case of kids on a field trip who would wear a beacon on a lanyard. When the child left the group, a supervisor would be notified.
Team M won the API track with their app that turned mobile devices into ATMs. It used AT&T’s payment API to perform transactions. The idea was that if you needed money you could see people on a map with available cash and then do an ATM transaction with them sans the fee. See what the developers had to say about the event:
You can find a complete list of the event winners on the Developer Summit Hackathon Recap post.
AT&T Developer Summit Keynote Recap
On January 6th, President and CEO of AT&T Mobility, Ralph de la Vega, kicked off the keynote for the Developer Summit. He mentioned many of AT&T’s accomplishments this year including that the company received the “Highest Ranked Customer Service Performance Among Full-Service Wireless Providers” from J.D. Power. The two-hour event hosted a plethora of speakers, videos, and on-stage demos covering everything from strides made in the connected car (see the video below), AT&T’s Digital Life program that enables home automation and security, and AT&T’s new Sponsored Data program, and AT&T U-verse which is growing strong with over 60 new U-verse apps released in 2013 and the new APIs available for the Android platform.
If you missed the keynote or want to see it again, you can watch it here. In the meantime, watch this video on the AT&T Connected Car right from the show floor:
Summit Track Sessions & Expo
Following the keynote, we hosted 25 track sessions. We had five track themes: AT&T Executive Panels, Trends, Design, Programming, Business Solutions, and Industry. We had guest speakers who were all experts in their respective fields on all the panels, except the AT&T Executive Panels. The AT&T Executive Panels featured the top leaders within the company discussing a range of topics. The sessions were full of great information and ideas. After each session, the speakers held “Office Hours” where attendees could meet with the speakers on the panel in the Developers Lounge for an hour of one-on-one conversations. If you couldn’t make it to the session you wanted to attend, you can still gain valuable insights from the presentations that can be viewed and downloaded here.
The AT&T Developer Summit wouldn’t be complete without our Expo area. It was an open area where attendees had the opportunity to demo solutions and check out new devices such as the LG G Flex a 4G Android phone with a curved screen and the Asus PadFone X a combo smartphone/tablet, as well as talk with some of our partners and company experts.
What Was Your Favorite Part of the AT&T Developer Summit?
You all made the conference an amazing experience from the mini-bike races to the incredible things you created during the hackathon. There’s no way we could have seen and experienced everything at the event. That’s why we want to know what was your favorite part of the Summit. Tweet us your comments or share a picture from the event on Twitter and you could win an AT&T smartphone or other fun prizes. All you need to do to qualify is follow @ATTdeveloper on Twitter and tweet your favorite moment or picture of the event. Be sure to include #ATTDevSummit in your tweet. Find out more on Twitter. We look forward to hearing from you.