It’s On! Join the AT&T U-verse Virtual Hackathon
This year marked the first annual SXSW Music Hackathon, sponsored by AT&T U-verse. The Developer Program team orchestrated onsite support from “senseis,” a.k.a. technical mentors, in orange ties who offered technical advice to hackers during the event. The hackathon produced 31 projects, and team Moot that took home the AT&T Grand Prize of $10,000; the three friends from Austin created an app that lets you can loop in audio over already recorded artist tracks.
AT&T U-verse also announced its first ever Virtual Hackathon during SXSW. The big advantage of this Virtual Hackathon is that it has an extended format, which gives developers over a month to perfect their applications, and allows developers to create brand new apps or “enable” existing apps to interact with the TV using the Uverse Enabled APIs. Up to 10 apps will be selected from all the pitches to move forward in 3 categories – Music, Gaming and Wildcard. If necessary, AT&T will provide equipment to test the mobile app.
Winners will receive up to $35,000 in prizes and an opportunity to have AT&T help launch and promote their app.
Hackathon pitches will be accepted until March 31, 2014 with finalists announced April 14.
For complete details go to developer.att.com/uversehack.
U-verse Apps have really good discoverability. Users can download U-verse Enabled apps in the App Store or Google Play, by searching for U-verse Enabled. Current apps include:
- Remote control and content discovery apps like Buddy TV
- Music apps like U-verse Jukebox, which lets users play music from their phones over the TV, and includes a “party” mode so multiple users can contribute to a shared playlist
- ames like Poker Night, where users can play Texas Hold Em, using the TV as the poker table and their mobile devices as their poker hands.
Users can also discover apps through the TV, all U-verse Enabled apps are featured in U-verse TV’s applications menu, with descriptions and QR codes so apps can be easily downloaded.