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AT&T Mobile App Hackathon - Atlanta - Social Good and NFC!

AT&T Developer Program

Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 10:00 PM (EDT)

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I'm a native developer (I'm a magician with iOS, Android, and/or WP7) Ended Free  
I'm a back-end dev (I herd bits amongst cloud servers) Ended Free  
I'm a front-end dev (I sling HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) Ended Free  
I'm a visual designer or a UX designer (I create delightful experiences) Ended Free  
Marketing person (I know market validation through surveys) Ended Free  
Idea person (I have ideas and am looking for a team) Ended Free  
Staff and Technical Support (Employees of AT&T and Senseis) Ended Free  

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Event Details

Have an app idea or need an app built for your business?

This special AT&T Mobile App Hackathon, focused on NFC and Social Good, is an event produced by the AT&T Developer Program and SEMA Development  that is designed for attendees (technical & non-technical) to build apps/mobile apps, get fed, compete for prizes across different categories and most importantly: meet new people and scout for teammates to work on new or current projects. Our hackathon will introduce you to the latest cutting edge tools to help deploy your own app with a website backend, fully hosted in the cloud.

To make this event even more interesting for you, Wild Tangent has graciously offered to FINISH the first place game, free of charge. You own the rights to the game and Wild Tangent / AT&T will help get the word out through our channels.

To take things to another level we are also partnering with SEMA Development to offer a special prize for top teams willing to donate the proceeds of their app to charity. Please be sure to check back as we provide more information.

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:

  • Friday - March 22nd
    • 6PM - Friday Evening - Kickoff event with dinner, networking, and developer dating which leads into idea pitches and team formation.
    • 6PM - Friday Evening - An NFC focused code and information session led by Samsung Developers
    • 7PM - Friday Evening - Speakers present (please see below for list)
    • 8PM - Friday Evening - Pitch ideas and form teams
    • 12AM - Friday Evening - End of the day 1
  • Saturday - March 23rd
    • 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 6PM.
    • 1PM - Saturday Afternoon - Lunch is Served
    • 6PM - Saturday Evening - Promptly at 6PM, teams will begin pitching their ventures. Pitches are limited to three (3) minutes per team

Prizes. The following prizes are experiential and geared towards accelerating you towards a successful business as well as expanding your network and industry knowledge:

  • Best Hackathon App 
    • 1st Place - $500 in Gift Cards for the team
    • 2nd Place - $300 in Gift Cards for the team
    • 3rd Place - $200 in Gift Cards for the team
  • Best Gaming App Created at the Hackathon
    • 1st Place - Assistance in completing your mobile game from Wild Tangent
  • Best App Using AT&T APIs
    • 1st Place - $250 in Gift Cards for the team to split

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 Node.JS, Sencha, cloud9ide.com, Heroku, and other technologies

Parking Information. Parking is available at Peter's Parking Deck (749 Fowler Street Atlanta, GA 30332) on the bottom level.


Social Media. 
  • Follow us @atthackathon for live updates and photos from the event

Hackathon Legal. 




Ben Klang
Alex Donn, Senior Marketing Manager at AT&T, 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. He loves bacon and is allergic to all types of gluten. Ben Klang is the leader of the Adhearsion project. He came to Ruby about four years ago but has been involved in open source projects for over fifteen years. Recognizing the exciting potential for bringing Agile development practices and the power of the Ruby language to the telephony world, he created a company, Mojo Lingo, to do just that.
Brittany Mays Gloria Wong
Brittany Mays is the founder and President of SEMA Development, a non profit organization seeking to bridge the gap between developers and charitable organizations (www.semadevelopment.com). She is also Brittany is the founder and acting President of One Voice Atlanta, an organization committed to raising awareness about the sex trafficking industry. A fourth year business student at Georgia Tech, Brittany has been involved in numerous organizations, including GT Ambassadors and Lambda Sigma.
Gloria Wong is a Staff Engineer at Kovio, Inc, a company in Silicon Valley, CA that designs, develops and supplies NFC enabled mobile interactive solutions based on the combination of its proprietary printed silicon electronics and cloud-based mobile marketing platform. She works on NFC applications and systems development as well as growing Kovio’s application developer ecosystem.
Thomas Skjølberg Ismaila Wane
Thomas Skjølberg is an engineer and former entrepreneur who comes from Oslo, Norway. Being involved in various parts of the mobile industry since 2004, now at age 34, he has come to publish two NFC-related open source projects and a few Android apps which use NFC. Ismaila Wane, a Product Manager at AT&T has extensive knowledge and hands-on experience with NFC technology. He was previously based in Silicon Valley where he had relocated his startup that built a patented NFC coupon system. Prior to that, he worked as a software engineer and technical leader at NXP Semiconductors. At NXP, Ismaila was instrumental in the early design and development of the mobile initiative for MIFARE®, the most widespread contactless technology worldwide used in transportation, ticketing and access management applications.


Andre Pollard Rommel Garcia
Andre Pollard is Principle Member of the PaaS group at AT&T. He has been doing Ruby/ROR development for approximetly 6 years and an expert in using RhoMobile for Rapid Mobile Application Development. In addition, he has been using MongoDB for approximately 2 years. Andre is the founder of AlphaRetta Ventures & Incubator meetup group in Alpharetta, GA with an ambitious goal to make Alpharetta the Silicon Valley of the South.
Rommel Garcia is a Senior Solutions Engineer at Liaison Technologies with over 10 years of Java/J2EE development experience.
He has designed and implemented tons of APIs. A big fan of Proto.io, a web based tool for creating fully interactive high fidelity mobile app prototypes.
Alex Gaber Allan Davis
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. Allan Davis has been focused on native development for iOS and Android for the past couple of years. He was instrumental in Python development with NetBeans and is talented with Objective C and Ruby on Rails.  Allan offers several classes each year in Mobile and Web Development and has an online video series for Android, iOS and Ruby on Rails applications.
John McSwain


John McSwain is a web & mobile application developer/architect and has been a technical lead over several major applications including the NBA GameTime iOS app and InterContinental Hotels Group Priority Club Rewards iPad app. Objective-C, HTML/JavaScript/CSS, & XAML (C#), Node.js, & SQL are his most frequently used programming languages.  


Layer 7 Technologies



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Georgia Tech
Clough Undergraduate Learning Center
266 Fourth St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30332

Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 10:00 PM (EDT)

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