AT&T Mobile App Hackathon – Palo Alto/Redwood City Game Jam Recap!
The AT&T Developer Program returned to the Bay Area for its second gaming hackathon and very first hackathon at nestGSV in Redwood City. We had 150+ attendees who hit the ground running and with assistance from our friends at RIM, HTC, and Ludei coded a total of 24 mobile apps. A special thanks goes out to the awesome senseis and judges who donated their time in order to share their expertise and help make the event a great success.
There were some really great games created and many teams took on the challenge of integrating Neurosky’s Mindwave. It was really interesting to see the different ways that people leveraged the Mindwave and to think of how soon we may be to having hands free gaming.
The big winners of the night included Africa Swing, who will have the assistance of WildTangent in completing their game and Blue Print Fit who rather than creating game created the seeds of a startup opportunity. Blue Print Fit will be given three months of incubation at nestGSV in order to continue building on their app with coaching from both AT&T and local start-up veterans. We are excited to see what they can build with the opportunity.
A list of all the prizes can be found here. As for a full list of winners, here they are:
- 1st Place Best Game Africa Swing
- 2nd Place Best Game bubbleTrix
- 3rd Place Best Game BARS
- 1st Greatest Market Potential Blue Print Fit
- 1st Place A&T APIs OutShoot
- 1st Place Blackberry Blue Print Fit
- 2nd Place Blackberry Mind Draw
- 3rd Place Blackberry Let’s Learn Arabic
- 1st Place Apigee Outshoot
- 2nd Place Apigee iSight
- 3rd Place Apigee Daily Steak
Here is a quick list of all the teams that presented:
Blue Print Fit – Promoting digital mobile health with a simple gamification technique of points/rewards system.
Neuro Tower – Defend the planet from being hit by meteors – using only your mind.
Quiz Tac Toe – Tic-Tac-Toe with a twist. To place your symbol (X or O) you first have to answer the question.
HackIt – Challenge yourself to correctly decode passwords of varying difficulty using hints from prior attempts.
bubbleTrix – Fast paced version mix of SameColor and Tetris.
MindGolf – Connecting physical objects directly with brain. MindGolf is advanced golf game, where you can just move the ball with your mind. Look at the ball carefully (concentrate on your ball), and ball will start moving towards holes. Sphero controlling by Mindware.
Mind Shark – Mind Shark is advanced mobile game, where you control the shark with your mind. Look at the the shark carefully( concetrate) and ensure, its not hitting any obstacle.
mobile CrowdSourcing – Use the power of mobile CrowdSourcing to get real information, news, pictures from about 6 Billion people in the World. Get your questions answered by real live people around the world as opposed to a Google Search where you do not even know how stale the information is!
Africa Swing – This game is designed to be a combination of Temple Run and Guitar Hero. Instead of just running, we emphasis on the process of enjoying the MUSIC, and do actions in pace of music. Have social Integration Facebook. We have nice note synchronization with music pace. Will be providing multiple scenes with new music and difficulties.
ZAMBID – Our game is a combination of slot machines, Facebook’s social element and the fun of zombies. The goal is to create a fun social casino game that appeals to a wider audience than typical slot machines.
MindDraw – Drawing beautiful patterns with your brainwave! Cross Platform!
microCardio Beats – You are an ant trying to stay alive on a mystical heart on the table that spouts killer blood molecules to the rhythm of music from spotify
BARS – BARS: Bars Acting Ridiculously Silly. A game where you need to get to the other side… but the bars won’t let you. Well, you have to anyway, so cue frantic running.
LiveStory – LiveStory is a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Graphic Novel Game.
Daily Steak – Daily Steak is a B2C video news recommendation application which saves people time getting to the news that’s truly of interest too them. In addition, offering multiple vantage points so one can compare different opinions (example Fox vs. Al Jazeera on the same story) and time trimming to get you to relevant part of a news clip. A “relevance chasm” exists in the video news market that has persisted for decades. We save you time by getting you to the news you want fast. We provide a lean back experience on the iPad, that requires little to no interaction. Utilizing voice activation you can skip stores that don’t mater to you and the best part is our algorithm learns more about what type of news you want, as you go.
Sword Saint – We are making a bullet **bleep** game where the player can dodge the bullets in 3 dimensions by using the accelerometer to move along the z axis. Also our hero has a melee weapon (normally you have a gun) and can do cool stuff like deflect bullets. The game will also record play sessions so people can see where they mess up and improve or show off to their friends. Obviously this will be freaking awesome. Also we will put in co-op and versus modes.
Mind Fun! – Multi-user game allowing remote fun via Apigee back end, MindWave Control Device, to chase, play tag, and shooting moving enemies for all including folks with disabilities. Can be played on html5 devices. This is a cross platform game for fun on all devices including PC, Mac, tablets/phones (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phones, …)
OutShoot – Challenge your friends to creative photo contest for fun, fame, and prizes!
Groovy Showdown – Groovy Showdown lets you pit your reaction skills with those that are around you! Fastest fingers first! Make your virtual avatar dance and sing and do handstand.
SuperGuy – SuperGuy saves the day by combating with enemies and diffusing bombs all across the city.
Let’s Learn Arabic – Learn Arabic cursive writing by tracing characters. It also has a separate module, which teaches reading through NFC technology.
iSight – iSight is an educational game that challenges students to correctly pronounce the names of objects and then locate them in the room
iDialer – Quick Launch Music, Files and apps as well as call phones all in one dialer.