Are you an entrepreneurial military veteran with an amazing idea you can’t wait to get built? Are you a civilian developer with awesome skills excited to work on apps that benefit the Veteran community?
Come join us for our first ever veteran focused AT&T Mobile App Hackathon, an event produced by the AT&T Developer program. At AT&T, we have adopted a progressive approach to innovation – one that embraces openness and encourages collaboration between entrepreneurs and professionals of all military and civilian backgrounds.
We want to inspire the technical community to develop mobile apps to meet the needs of veterans and their families – a community that has sacrificed a great deal for our nation’s safety and security. Our panel of veteran thought leaders will offer valuable insight to participating developers so the next generation of veterans and military families can benefit from accelerated innovation generated by the mobile application ecosystem.
This hackathon will provide veterans the opportunity to inspire diverse teams of developers to create new innovative products that will benefit the needs of the veteran community. The top three teams will receive valuable assistance in taking their ideas from concept to market.
Event Schedule. The following is a list of the weekends agenda:
- Opening Day
- 6PM - Kickoff event with dinner, networking, and developer dating which leads into idea pitches and team formation.
- 7PM - Lightning talks.
- 8PM - Idea pitches and team formation. Pitch your ideas and form teams or just start coding with your preformed teams.
- 12AM - End of the night. Go home, get some rest and come back the next day refreshed!
- Final Day
- 10AM - The fun continues with the final day of the hackathon. Continue to work with your team to finish coding and polishing your app. Senseis will be available throughout the final hours to help you code up your solution. App submissions will be accepted throughout the day with a deadline of 6PM.
- 1PM - Lunch
- 6PM - Pencils down. Please sign up your teams to present via this link: http://bit.ly/hackprezreg Pitches start promptly at 6PM and are limited to three (3) minutes per team. No powerpoints unless you are only presenting an idea.
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 Overall Veteran Focused App
- 1st Place - $1000 in Gift Cards for the team and 1 year Github "Medium" Plan for team to share
- 2nd Place - $500 in Gift Cards for the team and 1 year Github "Small" Plan for team to share
- 3rd Place - $250 in Gift Cards for the team and 1 year Github "Micro" Plan for team to share
- Best Use of AT&T APIs
- 1st Place - One (1) Sierra Wireless Unite device and one (1) month 1GB AT&T DataConnect plan for each team member (Max 5)
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 - Technically challenging implementation
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|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.||Todd Bowers currently serves as a Vice President in the JP Morgan Chase & Company office of Global Philanthropy focusing on Military and Veteran Affairs. In this role, it is his responsibility to ensure that an effective giving strategy is implemented firm wide providing the most effective support to veterans and military families with respect to housing, employment and education. Bowers has served four voluntary tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and South America as a Civil Affairs Team Sergeant with the United States Marine Corps Reserve. On October 17, 2004, during his second tour, Bowers was wounded in Fallujah when a sniper bullet hit the scope on top of his rifle and exploded in his face. He suffered shrapnel wounds during the incident and hearing loss in his left ear, and was awarded the Purple Heart and Navy Commendation Medal with a combat "V" for valor.|
|Kunal Batra is a developer evangelist at-large for SendGrid. Prior to SendGrid, Kunal was a developer at Known Access and then founded two companies. The most recent being General Machines, which developed Deaftel – A phone service for the deaf that converts voice to text and text back into voice over a phone call.||Dario Laverde is a Developer Evangelist at HTC. He has experience in software development for mobile, embedded, web and enterprise. Amongst his various professional roles, he has worked as an Android Instructor, consultant, Java architect, author and entrepreneur. Dario leads the NYCJava JUG and co-organizes both the NYC-GTUG and the New York Android Developers Meetup. He also co-founded the skylight1 open source Android project.|
|Akshay Aptil is a Lead Platform Builder at Foursquare. Prior to Foursquare, Akshay worked as a Product Manager and Software Engineer at Google. Akshay graduated from MIT with both an MS and BS in computer science along with a BS in mathematics.
Senseis & Judges
|Dan Caulfield is a USMC veteran and senior executive with vast operational experience leading hyper-growth companies with a track record of building exceptional teams and products. Specifically for the Military community, Dan founded not for profits, Helmets to Hardhats and the Armed Forces Support Foundation (Hireahero.org); and two for profit companies, Hire Quality and Militaryhub.com (co-founded with H. Ross Perot). Dan authored the original Hire a Hero Act signed into law in 2011 and remains politically active on veteran issues.||Jamal Othman is the Chief of Staff of the NYC Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs. In this position Mr. Othman has lead projects and initiatives aimed at improving access to services for New York City veterans including leveraging technology to match the needs of veterans with the myriad of services available. Mr. Othman has an extensive background in city government and operations and previously held roles as project director for the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and project manager for City Hall special projects. Mr. Othman served in the U.S. Marines and was deployed to Bosnia in the 1990's.|
|Spondon Dey, Chief Technology Disrupter and Senior Tech. Staff Member at AT&T Labs, is known for taking traditional service models and turning them upside down on their head. As a result, order comes out of that chaos as new service prototypes for future service offerings at AT&T in both the consumer and enterprise markets across mobility services and Big Data analytics. He lives on the Jersey Shore and performs his magic and meta-physics in the AT&T Labs facility in Middletown, New Jersey. He likes writing comedy movie scripts in his free time, loves Italian food and enjoys spending time with his cat, Ra.|