AT&T Aspire Mobile App Hackathon - Boulder/Longmont
Friday, December 7, 2012 at 6:00 PM (MST)
Have an app idea or need an app built for your business?
Come join us for this very special AT&T Mobile App Hackathon where teams of high school students and tech industry professionals will be designing and creating mobile app solutions for real life needs.
Every 26 seconds, another high school student drops out of school. Nearly one third of all students—and nearly 50 percent of African-American, Hispanic and Native American students—fail to graduate with their class. AT&T Aspire is working to help reverse this trend by identifying programs that work and bringing them to scale, supporting the work of educators and helping students get excited about setting and achieving their goals. The goal of this hackathon is to show participating students the great things they can innovate with a complete education AND for developers to help build apps that will improve education.
We Supply: Quick presentations and code samples that help to bootstrap your hacking, food to keep you going, and caffeine to keep you awake. Along with technical senseis to assist you in building faster, smarter, and with new tools.
You Bring: Your laptop, skills & ideas. Come with a collaborative, team focused mindset and/or team up in advance on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ via the #atthack hashtag. Whether you are a backend person and code in Ruby/PHP/.NET or are a designer and only work with Illustrator, you are invited to attend this event. Every group needs a good balance of talent and your development skills are needed!
Event Schedule. The following is a list of the weekends agenda:
- 06PM - Friday Evening - Kickoff event with dinner, networking, and developer dating which leads into idea pitches and team formation.
- 7PM - Friday Evening - Speakers present (please see below for list)
- 8PM - Friday Evening - Pitch ideas and form teams
- 11PM - Friday Evening - End of Day 1
- 10AM - Saturday Morning - The fun continues with an all day hackathon. Work with the teams that you formed on Friday night to produce the app spec’d out the night before. Senseis will be available throughout the entire event to help you code up your solution. App submissions will be accepted throughout the day with a deadline of 7PM.
- 7PM - Saturday Evening - Promptly at 7PM, teams will begin pitching their ventures. Pitches are limited to three (3) minutes per team.
Prizes. The following prizes, provided by generous sponsors, are geared towards accelerating you towards successfully completing your app and improving our education system:
- Best Hackathon Overall Education App
- 1st Place
- $500 in Gift Cards for the team
- $5,000 donated from AT&T to the team's choice of non-profit organizations*
- One (1) year of the "Small" service from Github for each team member
- 2nd Place
- $300 in Gift Cards for the team
- $3,000 donated from AT&T to the team's choice of non-profit organizations*
- One (1) year of the "Micro" service from Github for each team member
- 3rd Place
- $200 in Gift Cards for the team
- $1,000 donated from AT&T to the team's choice of non-profit
- Six (6) months of "Micro" service from Github for each team member
*non-profit organizations must be selected from a provided list
- Best Student Created App
- 1st Place
- One (1) Seagate 2TB Black Armor NAS 220 centralized network storage (valued at $350)
- Two (2) Spheros (valued at $158)
- 2nd Place
- One (1) Seagate 500 GB GoFlex Satellite (valued at $200)
- Two (2) Kindle Touch with Special Offers devices
- 3rd Place
- One (1) Seagate 1TB Backup Plus portable drives (valued at $100)
- Two (2) Simple Nook Touch devices
- Best App using AT&T APIs
- 1st Place - $250 in Gift Cards for the team to split and one (1) Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Momentum device for each w/1 month 1GB Dataconnect Plan (Max 3)
- Best App using Full Contact
- 1st Place - $100 in Gift Cards
Judging Criteria. Apps will be judged based on the criteria below and weighted accordingly.
- 33% Weight - Ability to clearly articulate what your app does
- 33% Weight - Originality of idea
- 33% Weight - Use of iOS native, Android native, WP7 native, Blackberry native, Heroku, AWS, AT&T Cloud and APIs (i.e. pubnub.com, pusher.com, zappos.com)
- For non-Silver Creek High School Students: http://db.tt/wGhQgeak
- Student Parental Waiver: http://db.tt/6AoK38kl
|Alex Donn is a Senior Marketing Manager with the AT&T Developer Program, is based out of sunny Seattle! His passion is educating developers young and old about mobile application development best practices through events like hackathons that fuse the collective interests of multiple technology and business leaders.||Peggy Graham has been interested in computers since her first computer class in high school. During her computer career, Peggy has been a computer programmer, a software tester and worked in both software sales and technical support helping customers with computer and software issues. She is now in technical software sales at IBM, helping customers find solutions to their software development challenges.
|Jeremy Nash, John Murray, and Cameron McGary are firmware engineers at Seagate Technology. As programmers, Cameron and his co-presenters acknowledge that they’re just getting up to speed on the Java/Android environment, as their day jobs involve programming in C. Cameron, a recent graduate of the University of Maine, has programmed primarily in C/C++, with some experience in Perl, Python, and Verilog HDL through college coursework.
||Michael Wacker, a former elementary teacher, has served as Online Learning Specialist on the student and adult learning side; supporting the roll out of Google Apps across the district, and directing the design of online courses and revisions for students and adults. His current role as Academic Program Manager of Blended Learning and PD in Denver Public Schools is to maximize learning opportunities through the design of dynamic spaces of interaction, inquiry, and engagement for students, teachers, and administrators. Michael is also an adjunct professor for Regis University in Colorado teaching and lecturing both online and face to face. Michael consistently models what it looks like to be a networked and connected 21st century leader. Dedicated to educational innovation, Michael strives to utilize best practice learning techniques and leverage a pedagogy via technology that allows for anywhere, anytime learning. With five plus years of progressively responsible experience in eLearning and Blended Learning, he is consulted around ideas of strategic design and innovation in public and private schools internationally. Michael Wacker is a Google Certified Teacher, and Certified Google Apps Trainer. Michael has a variety of experience working with administrators, educators, IT, and also support staff.|
|Tim Anglade, handles Developer Relations & Outreach for Apigee. In previous lives, he was a Research Assistant, a Project Manager, a University Lecturer and a CTO but he kept writing code all the while. You may have met him at a conference, during the NOSQL Summer or seen him host the NOSQL Tapes. He’s always up to chat about dev, hacks, apps & tech — so come say hi!||Mike DePhillips manages the cross-platform SDK at Orbotix, makers of the robot gaming system, Sphero. He is a recent college graduate of the Colorado School of Mines with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He is passionate about mobile application development interfacing with real world electronics. Also loves to snowboard.|
|Dan Lynn is the CTO and Co-Founder of FullContact, a TechStars Boulder 2011 graduate which is solving the world's contact information problem. Dan's background includes product development, continuous delivery, big data, data science, and music.font>|
|Alex Gaber, is an API Evangelist for Layer 7 Technologies a company that manages over 200 APIs spanning business and government. Starting as a web developer 15 years ago, Alex grew up in Silicon Valley and is an active member in the hackathon and developer community. He has a passion for building web and mobile applications that integrate numerous APIs and ideas to create innovative and unique solutions.||Chen Xie, a software engineer at Seagate Technology, was writing his first game (the Eight-Queens puzzle) in college, when he made a friend called Java. That friendship led to a series of academic projects in the field of computer animation, artificial intelligence, games, and so on. Chen himself is a recent graduate from the University of Southern California, where he tutored students in the database class, became a Trojan football fan and earned the opportunity to work for Seagate.|
|Maria Madera, has been an IBMer for 15 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Networking and several certifications in Network Security and is currently a Production Control Analyst. She has been an IBM Robotics mentor for eight years and is also the co-founder of the Casa de la Esperanza Robotics Academy in Longmont, where she helps coordinate activities for six robotics teams. Maria also volunteers to promote STEM disciplines to young Latina women and to inspire them to pursue careers in the high tech industry.||Cory Graham, is passionate about math, computers and technology, and is busy with two jobs so he can continue to pursue both interests. He graduated from Lake Forest College in 1991 with a degree in Mathematics Education, then earned a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from Regis University. Cory has been teaching mathematics, including AP Statistics, at Alameda High School since 2002, and he also works as the IT Director at Arrupe Jesuit High School when his teaching day is done.|
|Tim Hudson, is an Infrastructure Architect with IBM's Server Systems Operations based in Denver. He designs solutions for customers - everything from security systems to servers and networks. He has been with IBM two years, previously working for a Fortune 50 company for 12 years. Tim is an Ec-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEHv6), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).||Zac Taschdjian, is an Application Architect with IBM's Global Business Services. His background is highly interdisciplinary, spanning work in broadcast, advertising, academia and firefighting. His undergraduate work was in philosophy with specialization in cognitive science and philosophy of mind, both of which inform his current work. After this he completed a MA in Media Studies and Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in NYC. His research focused on mental models and their relation to affective experience.|