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AT&T Mobile App Hackathon - Austin (SXSW) - In Partnership with Lance Briggs, Health 2.0, Apigee, HTC & Sierra Wireless

AT&T Developer Program

Friday, March 9, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 9:00 PM (CST)

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Graphic Artist (I create eye catching artwork) Ended Free  
I'm a front end dev (I use photoshop to delight users) Ended Free  
I'm a back-end dev (I herd bits amongst cloud servers) 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  
Non-SXSW waitlist (For non-badge holders) Ended Free  
Observer (prior knowledge not necessary look to learn) Ended Free  
AT&T Staff Ended Free  

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Event Details

UI/UX Developers, this hackathon is for you!


AT&T Mobile App Hackathon, an event produced by the AT&T Developer Program, is excited to be making its SXSW debut Friday, March 9th at 6:00 PM in the heart of the action (Austin Convention Center - Room 2).

We’ve lined up a special celebrity guest, Chicago Bears 7-time Pro-Bowl LB Lance Briggs, a self-admitted comic book fanatic. As the celebrity judge, he’s looking for the best designers and devs to build him a mobile app.  And where better to find the best than SXSW?  Especially when the Official SXSW Hackathon is located smack in the center of the action at the Austin Convention Center for your convenience.

At the same time, we also have a mHealth API mobile app track with the winners to be showcased at the Health 2.0 Spring Fling conference in Boston AND placed in contention to become an AT&T funded startup as part of Startup Health's Academy. The AT&T mHealth APIs can be found here.

Competitors will be given 24 short hours to knock out mind-blowing designs by taking the concept and transforming it into an awe inspiring design.

Finally, to really make this crazy, we’ve got over $46k in cash and prizes that include HTC Jetstream tablets and Sierra Wireless 4G Elevate devices. Would you rather just party or make money while partying and get the best of both worlds?

In short, this highly intense event will celebrate the unique contribution of designers and provide you with the opportunity to not only showcase your skills, but design an app for an NFL great with millions of fans and millions of potential users.

Special note:  This event is only open to SXSW passholders. 

Event Schedule:
  • 6PM - Friday Evening - Kick off event with Happy Hour where our special guest partners will pitch the app concept you will be designing. 
  • 10AM - Saturday Morning - AT&T Mobile App Hackathon. 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 7:30PM.
  • 7:30PM - Saturday Evening. Promptly at 7:30PM, teams will begin pitching their ventures. Pitches are limited to three (3) minutes per team.
Special note:  This event is only open to SXSW passholders. 


  1. Produce a UI for Lance Briggs proposed mobile application.  Submission must include psd and html files. Must be present to win.
  1. First place: $10k
  1. Accelerator Prize: Extra $5k if you submit a fully functional mobile app
  2. Accelerator Prize: Extra $5k if you use AT&T APIs
  1. Second: $3k
  1. Accelerator Prize: Extra $3k  if you submit a fully functional mobile app
  2. Accelerator Prize: Extra $1k if you use  AT&T APIs
  1. Third: $1k
  1. Accelerator Prize: Extra $1k  if you submit a fully functional mobile app
  2. Accelerator Prize: Extra $1k if you use  AT&T APIs
  1. Honorable Mention
  1. HTC Jetstream - One per team member present (max 5)
  1. Produce a functional design for a mobile application that leverages AT&T mHealth APIs.
  1. First place: $5k
  1. Accelerator Prize: Extra $5k if you submit a fully functional mobile app
  1. Second: $3k
  1. Accelerator Prize: Extra $3k  if you submit a fully functional mobile app 
  1. Top App using HTC Opensource SDK
  1. HTC Jetstream - One per team member present (max 5) 
  1. Top Apps using User Grid API
  1. Top three (3) teams using User Grid API receive $300 gift cards



 Please be sure to review our latest contest rules at: http://bit.ly/SXSWHackRules  


Special note:  This event is only open to SXSW passholders.



Alex Donn

Ed Anuff

Alex Donn is a Developer Evangelist with the AT&T Developer Program and 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.  

Ed Anuff is a respected technologist and a proven innovator. Prior to starting Usergrid, he was most recently executive vice president and general manager of Six Apart, which is known for creating the Movable Type blogware, TypePad blog hosting software and Vox.

Daniel Malee

Michael Griffith

Dan Malee is the lead architect for the AT&T Developer Center for Health platform. Dan’s role is focused on growing the platform through data integration with enterprise data systems across the healthcare landscape, providing access to additional AT&T services like SMS or LBS via mHealth, and fostering 3rd party development through developer outreach programs like hackathons.

Michael Griffith has been designing new media for 20 years but still suffers night terrors spawned from the 16 color VGA palette. His understanding of information architecture, usability, acessability, and compliance sets him apart from traditional creative directors. Michael teaches others how to do it. He has taught both the design and development of new media and continues to speak at professional organizations and conferences..



Kristofer Joseph

Jacob Surber

Kristofer Joseph  went to school for many years to be a designer. Somewhere along the way he was duped into learning how to code. After developing some of the largest sites on the internet he has found a home at Adobe XD working on improving the future of software.

Jacob Surber is a Product Manager at Adobe Systems, focusing his efforts on HTML design. Jacob’s diverse background and experience emphasizes the role of “good” design and helps propel Adobe’s designer and developer tools to the next level.

Bryce Kerley

Anthony Decena

Bryce Kerley joined Basho in September 2011. Prior to Basho, Bryce worked as an independent Rails developer, working with startups and established businesses on everything from AJAX to ZFS. Along the way, he developed a fondness for presentations and computing competitions.

Anthony Decena has risen through the ranks of the Titanium developer community, and is now a platform evangelist at Appcelerator. Anthony has been involved in supporting the developer community, speaking at conferences and user groups, and even hacking on Appcelerator's new mobile web implementation of the Titanium platform.

Kevin Whinnery

Brian Wilson

Kevin Whinnery, at Appcelerator since 2008, is an experienced front-end developer who has spent his entire professional life building rich client applications for the browser, mobile devices, and desktop. From HTML/CSS/JavaScript to Flex to Windows Presentation Framework, Kevin has always enjoyed hacking on the client side most (though he enjoys working on the back end in node.js, Ruby, and even Java). 

Brian Wilson brings 10 years, 3 continents and 1 island's worth of experience to the Kinvey team. In his previous position Brian worked with rock-solid massive software systems, creating tools to make life easier and to debug legacy software. When not hacking back-end systems and iOS libraries, Brian enjoys photography, creating music and finding the best dumplings in Boston.  

Ryan Light


Ryan Light is a designer, developer, blogger, CMS expert and dancing machine, fueled by espresso. He received a degree in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin but instead of figuring out time travel, he wanted to design user interfaces, build websites and help bands and small businesses market themselves to large audiences.

Josh Hollenbeck is a Senior Software Developer for CitrusByte and has been programming since age 11 shortly after the families first amiga computer while growing up. He has worked on numerous client projects for established companies and start-ups; and is armed with a vast language skill-set and quick ability to tackle any area of unknown.

Ty Amell

Rodger Williams

Ty Amell is the CEO of StackMob and founded the company in January 2010. He brings a wide range of product and engineering expertise, including building scalable distributed systems and monetizing mobile applications. Prior to co-founding StackMob, Ty managed the frontend, API and mobile teams at imeem, and the successful launch and growth of the imeem mobile applications

Rodger Williams is currently the AT&T mHealth Product Marketing lead for the AT&T Developer Center ForHealth, and as such has the ultimate responsibility for executing the overall go-to-market product strategy; including the platforms features, functionality, market positioning, initial launch, and ongoing lifecycle management.

Marco Smit


Marco Smit currently leads Health 2.0 Advisors. For the past 18+ years of high-impact management consulting and industry experience in US, Europe & Asia, Marco has been helping new and established companies shape the early, pioneering stages of transformations in healthcare and life sciences, from companion diagnostics to novel healthcare analytics platform companies.




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Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701-4001

Friday, March 9, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 9:00 PM (CST)

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