Final Summit Hackathon challenges, themes, and prizes revealed
Post by Ben Nelson, AT&T Developer Program
This year’s AT&T Summit Hackathon features more than 40 prizes that combine for over $300,000 in cash and prizes. We understand with so many themes, topics, and challenges it can be very difficult to come up with a plan onsite. In order to help everyone create a plan of action in advance of the hackathon, we’ve broken down the challenges by theme and topic below so that you can hit the ground running!
Please remember that you are free to mashup themes and technical focuses as you like, but you should be sure that your final product is cohesive and that each feature has a meaningful impact on your app. You don’t want to waste time adding a technology if it has no discernable use case for judges to notice.
Lastly, don’t forget to enter the $5,000 ARO Pre-Hack Challenge. Deadline for that contest is 11:59pm PT Saturday, January 2nd, 2016. You can download details here.
Theme #1 – Smart Cities & Theme #2 – Sustainability
The Smart Cities Challenge requires building an app that helps improve the use of efficiency of city services. The Sustainability challenge focuses on building a consumer-focused app with the goal of lowering the user’s carbon footprint. To take advantage of either challenge, we highly suggest using AT&T M2X, AT&T FlowDesigner and/or the AT&T Drive APIs, all of which have prizes of $5,000 each. AT&T M2X and AT&T FlowDesigner will also help allow you to leverage some awesome technology and compete in a ton of awesome IoT challenges, most notably the $10,000 challenges from Qualcomm and Intel. Additional highly relevant challenges are listed below:
- Ericsson Public Transportation Challenge – $10,000
- AT&T Smart Cities API Challenge – $5,000
- It Can Wait Challenge – $5,000
- Best Use of IBM Bluemix – $5,000
- Best Use of U-blox Technology – $5,000
- Best Use of Konekt Dash – $5,000
Theme #3 – Education & Theme #4 – Entertainment
The Education and Entertainment challenges may seem daunting, but please keep in mind that they are also very broad. Your goal in the education challenge should leverage available technologies to disrupt traditional learning in a meaningful way. That leaves you open to some awesome potential mashups with other thematic categories. The Entertainment Challenge focuses on building an app around video, music, or gaming, but it can also be combined fairly easy with other options INCLUDING education. You’ll definitely want to check out the Nantworks and Plantronics challenges, $10,000 each, before you finalize your plans. A few other highly relevant challenges are:
- Best Use of Harman APIs – Harman Audio Package ($5,000 ARV)
- All WebRTC related challenges (please see below)
Theme #5 – Home Automation
The last, but not least, thematic challenge is the $10,000 Home Automation Challenge. Similar to the other challenges, IoT entries are always welcome, but we also have some awesome production hardware focused challenges. Most notable is the Best Use of AT&T Digital Life with a $5,000 prize and Best Use of Samsung SmartThings with a $10,000 prize. Some additional highly relevant challenges are:
- Best Use of Amazon Skills Kit – $5,000
- Best Use of ARM mBed – $5,000
- Best Use of STMicro Boards – $5,000
- Best Use of NXP Boards – $5,000
Additional Focus – WebRTC
One incredibly important technology focus to remember is WebRTC as there is a huge amount of prizes associated with it. The two obvious prizes are the Best Use of AT&T WebRTC and Best Use of AT&T Enhanced Push to Talk, which both feature $5,000 prizes. However, those are just the beginning. Please see below for all prizes closes related to WebRTC:
- Best Use of Plantronics – $10,000
- Best Use of ALU Call Management APIs – $10,000
- Best Use of Kandy.io – $5,000
- Best Use of Whitepages APIs – $5,000
Misc Prizes You Don’t Want to Miss
In addition to the categories listed above, there are also some awesome challenges that are extraordinarily flexible and can be used by nearly every competitor regardless of their thematic or technical focus. Most notable are the Most Efficient App as Measured by AT&T ARO, Best Use of AT&T Sponsored Data API,s and Best Use of AT&T Data Rewards APIs, each prize at $5,000. The ARO contest is especially easy to enter as you can take your ARO trace after your app is completed. Some additional contests to be sure to check out are:
- Best Use of ALU OneTouch Technology – $5,000
- Best Use of Gimbal Beacons – Smart Watch Package (ARV $1,500)
- Best Use of Deezmaker 3D Printer – 3D Printer Package (ARV $2,500)
Please be sure to visit https://devsummit.att.com/hackathon as we get closer to the event for full details on each challenge.
I hope that this blog has helped with your planning for the event, and look forward to an awesome AT&T Summit Hackathon. I cannot wait to wish you all a Happy New Year in Las Vegas, NV on January 2nd and 3rd, 2016!
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