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AT&T + Silicon Beach Fest Hackathon

AT&T Developer Program

Friday, June 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM (PDT)

Ticket Information

Type End Quantity
I'm a back-end dev (I herd bits amongst cloud servers) Ended Free  
I'm a front-end dev (I use photoshop to delight users) 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  
Observer (prior knowledge not required looking to learn) Ended Free  
Student (looking to learn about app creation and startups!) Ended Free  
Staff (Employees of AT&T) Ended Free  
Staff- Sensei Ended Free  
Staff- Judges/Speakers Ended Free  
Staff- Sponsors Ended Free  

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Silicon Beach Fest is back and we’re better and bigger than ever.  Our dedication and commitment to the developer community makes this by far and away the most anticipated hackathons in southern california.  This year we’re proud to announce our partnership with AT&T which will make this hackathon one to remember.  Come eat and compete for awesome prizes and build the products of tomorrow.

There’s only one rule, everything coded and evaluated in the competition must be either a publicly available api or coded on site.  

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 - Code the whole night through

  • Second Day

    • 10AM - The fun continues with an all day hackathon. Work with the teams that you formed the night before to produce the app. Senseis will be available throughout the entire event to help you code up your solution.

    • 1PM - Lunch

    • 7PM - Dinner

    • 12AM - Code the whole night through

  • 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

    • 4PM - 6PM Pencils down. Please sign up your teams to present via this link: http://bit.ly/hackprezreg Pitches start promptly at 4PM 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:

Over $22,000 in cash and prizes

  • Best Hackathon Overall App

    • 1st Place - $9,000+ in cash and prizes. This includes $1,000 in cash for the team to split (cash provided by Scopely)! One Nokia Lumina (Provided by Nokia) For the entire team to share, a "Copy for Companies", 500G, 1 year ($999 value https://www.copy.com/price/) Each team member will receive the Copy Pro 250g for 1 year(value $99 each https://www.copy.com/price/) Each member of the team will receive free tickets to the Silicon Beach Fest (Each ticket valued at $495). Peak hosting credits of $6,000 ($500 per month for 12 months)


    • 2nd Place - $5,500+ in prizes - Each team member will receive the Copy Pro 250g for 1 year(value $99 each https://www.copy.com/price/) Each member of the team will receive free tickets to the Silicon Beach Fest (Each ticket valued at $495). Peak hosting credits of $3,000 ($500 per month for 6 months).


    • 3rd Place - $3,500+ in prizes. Each team member will receive the Copy Pro 250g for 1 year(value $99 each https://www.copy.com/price/) Each member of the team will receive free tickets to the Silicon Beach Fest (Each ticket valued at $495). Peak hosting credits of $3,000 ($500 per month for 6 months)


  • Best use of Esri ArcGIS Online for developers services & APIs:

  • Ask-Ziggy Challenge - TBA
    • 1st Place - $500 for the team to split.  A 1 yr subscription to Ask Ziggy NLU API at Power user level.
    • 2nd Place - A 1 yr subscription to Ask Ziggy NLU API at Power user level.
    • 3rd Place - A 3 month subscription to Ask Ziggy NLU API at Power user level.
  • Algorithms.io & Mashape Challenge - TBA
    • 1st Place - $500 for the team to split.  A 1 yr subscription to Algorithms.io at Advanced user level.
    • 2nd Place - A 1 yr subscription to Algorithms.io at Advanced user level.
    • 3rd Place - A 3 month subscription to Algorithms.io at Advanced user level.
  • Productsy Challenge - TBA
    • 1st Place - An awesome new tech gadget TBD (Either Apple device (tbd) or Samsung Galaxy S4) & 1 year of our Productsy premium API and support
    • 2nd Place - 1 year of our Productsy premium API and support
    • 3rd Place - 6 months of Productsy premium API and support

All team members that present a final app on Sunday will recieve a discount coupon for 50% of a ticket to the Silicon Beach Fest.

All Senseis that work with team throughout the entire hackathon will receive a free ticket to Silicon Beach Fest.

Judging Criteria. Apps will be judged based on the criteria below

  • Investability

  • Originality

  • Biggest Technical Challenge

  • Broadest Potential Disruption

Social Media.

  • Follow us @attdeveloper for live updates and photos from the event





Myles Sutherland
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. Myles Sutherland manages Esri’s Emerging Business team working with startups and entrepreneurs around geo-location, mapping, and location analytics. He has a background in engineering, product management, and business development. He’s also a Kiwi, geographer, surfer, and outdoors geek.
Shai Leib
Shai Leib is the founder and CEO of Ask Ziggy. Shai has over 20 years of software development experience, and ran his own IT Consulting company. Shai spends his time focusing on developing the Ask Ziggy NLU API to enable the developer community to enhance their applications using Natural Language Understanding, while focusing on creating great apps, and avoid dealing with the details of machine learning and AI. Shai Has a B.S. degree in Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University. Eytan Elbaz is currently the Co-founder of Scopely and of Deep Dive Media. He previously served as Google’s Head of Domain Channel from April 2003 through September 2007. Prior to Google, Eytan was Vice President and founding member of Applied Semantics (formerly Oingo), which was later acquired by Google.
Sameer Maggon Thor Clark
 Sameer Maggon is a product & technology executive with expertise in cloud infrastructure, mobile & search. He helps startups, agencies & enterprises with product & technology strategy, implementation and delivery. Sameer is currently the co-founder at Productsy that offers cloud based infrastructure for mobile developers to quickly build mobile apps and provides scale as they grow."  Thor Clark is a business and growth-driven CTO with a background as a professional developer and systems architect. As CTO at SignNow, recently acquired by Barracuda Networks, Thor manages a team of experienced technologists building out the world's best online signature platform. At Yahoo! he worked with sales and technology teams to increase revenue generated by key search products. As CTO at INVESTools (a NASDAQ listed company acquired by TD Ameritrade) he managed product and technology and supported a 10x increase in market value. At Tabula Interactive, an innovative financial content startup, he was employee #6 and led the technology growth of the platform, supporting a successful $50M exit and a significant return on investment. Mr. Clark earned his Bachelors degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.
Andy Bartley: CEO & C-Founder of Algorithms.io  

CTO Coaches & Senseis

Al Aziz

Jameel Al-Aziz is a Platform Engineer at Scopely. He went to UCLA to become a doctor and left with a degree in CS&E.  Al-Aziz is a DevOps engineer at heart, but somehow ends up working on platforms!

Josue Bustos is a designer, developer for Zukini Mobile. Specializing in enterprise and cross platform mobile application development targeting the Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone vendor platforms. 

He is the Co - Manager of the Los Angeles PhoneGap user group
Josue also Co - Founded Mobile Camp Los Angeles in 2012; a premier un-conference and training event for working professionals of all levels to discover, share, and innovate for the mobile wireless application industry.
Cheston Contaoi Francis Nickels
Cheston Contaoi is a cross-platform mobile developer and President of Driveframe LLC servicing mobile app development, API implementation, and app store submission and marketing. Cheston has won numerous Hackathons sponsored by AT&T, Salesforce, Microsoft & BlackBerry. 
Francis Nickels is currently the Director of Operations at Riot Games, and has help grow the team, live service, and global infrastructure for League of Legends over the past three years. Currently the most played online game in the world with over 32 million monthly active players and in excess of 5 million concurrent players. Prior to Riot he has worked at firms including Blizzard Entertainment, Roll Global, UCLA and Experian Consumer Direct. Graduate of UCLA's School of Engineering with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering.
Lance Bradely Peter Couture
Lance Bradely is a 12 year startup veteran, whom over the years has worked in creative and  engineering roles. He founded and sold a Natural Language Search Engine after graduating from college. Following that he was an early employee at Zynga where he worked in Risk Management, then built out the highest trafficked Ruby on Rails installation in the world. After Zynga, Lance worked for Geni.com in Los Angeles building graph databases in Clojure, a community in which he as many open source contributions. He is now a Senior Engineer on the Platform team at Scopely, where he works on scalable social platforms and data engineering. Peter Couture is a CTO & Solutions Architect with over 10 years experience innovating in the streaming media world. His core talent includes the conception and implementation of live streaming infrastructure for 100,000+ audiences on web and mobile. His systems have been used by Imgen Heap, MTV, Coachella and the ESPN. He's advised and implemented infrastructure for AEG's Staples Center and Adobe's Flash Media Server 4.5. He attended Rochester Institute of Technology for a BS in Information Technology. 
Mark Mironyuk Carlos Cervantes

Mark Mironyuk was born in Kiev Ukraine, started programming when he was 14. Mark attended UC Davis for Computer Science before jumping aboard the Ask Ziggy train when it was only five members strong. He is currently a front-end developer and Lead of user experience.

Carlos Cervantes is a CTO/Founder at Gumball a local social marketing startup that recently came out of the Boost incubator in Silicon Valley.  He worked at DRX(acquired by Connecture), a Los Angeles healthcare technology company, as a Software Architect before quitting to pursue his own agenda. Carlos has 7 years experience in web, mobile, and startups with a variety of different platforms.


Ilya Pozin
Ilya Pozin is an entrepreneur, writer and investor. He is the founder of Ciplex, a digital marketing agency, and a columnist for Inc., Forbes and LinkedIn. Nathan Chandra, provides marketing and business development for the AT&T Developer Program, and is the Co-Founder of WeLink.  Nathan is entrepreneurial in spirit and thrives off ideas.  Some of his accomplishment include selling 2M+ physical CD albums (this was prior to the popularity of the MP3); successfully starting a multimillion dollar private law practice (the practice is still thriving); and starting 2 technology companies (one failed, the second is stable and growing)!
Reed Shaffner
Reed Shaffner - Prior to joining Scopely, Reed was general manager at Zynga where he oversaw the company’s mobile platform and the Zynga With Friends network. Reed also is associate partner at Ironfire Capital, which invests in early stage mobile, big data and cloud computing start-ups in China and the U.S. David is the Managing Partner of TenOneTen Ventures. He has nearly two decades of experience as a technology entrepreneur. After graduating from MIT’s Media Lab in 1995, David co-founded Firefly, an early pioneer in personalization and privacy technology. Firefly was acquired by Microsoft in 1998. After Firefly, David co-founded PeoplePC, which went public in 2001 and was acquired by Earthlink in 2002.

Since leaving his last company, Spot Runner, David has dedicated his time to helping entrepreneurs. He is an active mentor in several Los Angeles accelerators, including Amplify, LaunchPad LA, and MuckerLab. David lives in LA with his wife, three daughters, and a ludicrous number of pets.




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604 Arizona Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Friday, June 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM (PDT)

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