The AT&T Developer Program was no slouch at this year’s CTIA Wireless convention in sunny Orlando, Florida on March 22nd – 24th . The event started off with a rousing keynote which included a Carrier CEO Roundtable hosted by CNBC’s Jim Cramer and attended by Ralph de la Vega (AT&T President & CEO of Mobility & Consumer Markets), Dan Hesse (Sprint CEO), and Dan Mead (Verizon Wireless President & CEO). I can’t go into the specifics of what they talked about, but it was fun to see the three of them poke jabs at each other up on stage.
On day two, the AT&T Developer Program hosted our Open Call App Contest. I participated in this contest as a judge and, let me tell you, the competition was fierce this year. The contest included four categories: social good, HTML5, gaming, and open. It was judged based on innovation & originality, marketability, ease of use, and quality of the user-interface. These were the winners:
- Social Good = Ed Rover (edrover.com)
This charming app is actually a location-based, check-in app that helps raise money for the school of your choice by integrating with local merchants. It has a great user-interface and is ridiculously easy to use.
- HTML5 = Mobilizer
This app is actually a tool that enables the enterprise an easy way to convert their complicated desktop websites into easy to use HTML5-based mobile websites.
- Gaming = Metropolis (logiagroup.com/metropolis.html)
This addictive app is sure to be a hit. It’s a location-based, check-in app which is a combination of Foursquare and Monopoly. You check-in at real-world locations to either buy them or rent them from your friends. The app is monetized with ads and coupons from local businesses.
- Open = Rah Digga’s Straight Spittin’ (appalachianapps.com/straight-spittin/)
This fun and creative title utilizes the social, creative, and artistic capabilities of your mobile device to deliver a super fun experience. Hip hop battle anyone in the world and have the battle judged by your peers.
On day three, AT&T sponsored the WIPJam event hosted by the Wireless Industry Partnership. As usual, the event was a fun and informal way to network with your peers in the industry, see what cool things other companies are doing in the space, and maybe even find a job.
All in all, it was a great event, and we’re looking forward to seeing you next year in New Orleans!