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Internet of Things Hackathon - Palo Alto

AT&T Developer Program

Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 10:00 PM (PDT)

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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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Event Details

Create Your World.

The challenge for this series of hackathons is to craft new ways that the processor and All In One PC can be an integral part of the family experience. Ideas and interactivity models range from quantified self to multi-device, multi-player gaming and beyond. While we are not asking you to create a robot of the future, there are ways of utilizing the microprocessor at home for interesting interactivity models. 

The simplest interactivity model is gaming as that is something the whole family can gather around. Bonus points for those teams that can roll an educational slant into their game. Better yet, one team will get their game FINISHED and distributed by Wild Tangent. You can check out the previous winner, Africa Swing, via this link

So the challenge is simple: Create an app that involves an AIO PC and mobile phones. Bonus points for eduaction related apps and of course the Wild Tangent prize for the best game. Create what you imagine. Create your world.  


Event Schedule.  The following is a list of the weekends agenda:

  • August 16th
    • 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!
  • August 17th
    • 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. Every attendee will receive $100 in AWS credits courtesy of Amazon. In addition the following prizes are experiential and geared towards accelerating you towards a successful business as well as expanding your network and industry knowledge:


  • Best Crossplatform AIO and Mobile App 
    • 1st Place
      • An all expense trip for two (2) representatives to the National Accelerator Demo in Las Vegas. Team representatives will pitch for a 1/8 chance at $20,000 in cash with no strings attached.
      • One (1) Dell XPS 18 Portable All-in-One Desktop for each team member (Max 4)
      • $3,000 in Amazon Web Services credits
      • $1,000 Cash
      • One (1) year Github "Medium" Plan for team to share
    • 2nd Place
      • An all expense trip for two (2) representatives to the National Accelerator Demo in Las Vegas. Team representatives will pitch for a 1/8 chance at $20,000 in cash with no strings attached.
      • One (1) Dell XPS 18 Portable All-in-One Desktop
      • $2,000 in Amazon Web Services credits
      • $500 Cash for the team to split
      • One (1) year Github "Small" Plan for team to share
    • 3rd Place
      • $200 in Cash for the team to split
      • $1,000 in Amazon Web Services credits
      • One (1) year Github "Micro" Plan for team to share
  • Best Gaming App 
    • 1st Place
      • One (1) perpetual Unity Pro licenses
      • Assistance in completing your game from Sr. Architects at Wild Tangent
      • Featured status in the AT&T WildTangent Android store
  • Best App using Unity3D (To register for a free 30-day trial to Unity3D fill out the form at: http://goo.gl/Vq9Id2)
    • 1st Place
      • One (1) perpetual Unity Pro licenses
  • Best App using Plantronics
    • 1st Place
      • $500 AMEX Giftcard
  • Best App using BitGym's SDK
    • 1st Place
      • License for both Android and iOS SDKs with free engineering and marketing assisstance ($2900 value)

Judging Criteria. Apps will be judged based on the criteria below and weighted accordingly.  App must run on AIO PC in order to be eligible for grand prize.

  • 33% Weight - Ability to clearly articulate what your app does
  • 33% Weight - Originality of idea
  • 33% Weight - Technically challenging implementation

Social Media. 



Andrew Smith
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. Andrew Smith, a HTML5 Developer Evangelist for Intel, has worked in the past as a client-side engineer. He got his start on Mapquest's web team and then continued writing dynamic HTML for several successful startups. At one point, Andrew taught college courses in JavaScript, CSS, and Web programming. With the success of Intel HTML5 Development Environment, Andrew's role has changed from developing apps to providing assistance as an instructor and technologist. He relishes the chance to help Web developers use their existing skill set to create superior mobile applications.
Laura Teclemariam Alex Adkins
Laura Teclemariam is a Sales Engineer for Tapjoy. She specializes in supporting developers who integrate Tapjoy on Android, iOS, Unity, Phone Gap, Adobe Air, and Windows platforms. Laura is a hybrid engineer, powered with hands-on experience in the marketing and phone development space. She served as a Marketing Director at Avid Exposure, a brand agency, for clients such as Activision, Monster Energy Drink, Comcast and many more. Prior to her marketing experience Laura worked for numerous Forbes Top 100 Companies, including Deloitte Consulting as an Oracle Consultant and Microsoft Corporation as a Partner Account Manager. At Microsoft, she led the technical and marketing analysis for Microsoft Business partners in the Southern California region. Early in her career at Microsoft, she worked in the Office Excel group as a Software Engineer.
Alex Adkins works on developer outreach at Mashery. Alex specializes in the use of Python, Node.js, and Arduino technologies.  She is currently working on her B.S. in electrical and computer science Engineering at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engienering.


Akanksha Singh Leore Avidar
Akanksha Singh works as Software Product Assurance Engineer with Plantronics. She specializes in quality assurance for various software and Softphone plugins for Plantronics. Prior to her experience with Plantronics Akanksha has worked as Technology analyst with Infosys for AT&T for 6 years with a strong experience on various automation tools. Leore Avidar is the Co-Founder at Lob. Leore has also previously worked at Amazon Web Services and as a Quant/Derivative trader at Citigroup.
Harry Zhang Jeff Axup
Harry Zhang is a Co-Founder at Lob. Lob is a cloud printing API for developers. Before starting Lob, Harry worked at Microsoft as a product manager on various enterprise cloud products. He has also held roles at strategy consulting firms and other technology start-ups. Harry graduated with dual degrees in Business and Informatics from the University of Michigan. Jeff Axup is a UX leader, designer and researcher. He has a Ph.D. in Interaction Design and 13 years of design experience. He believes mobile and wearable computing is the future of technology usage and he wants to be part of designing usable, empowering and healthy products.
 Kevin Nickels  

Kevin Nickels is the president & ceo of FatFractal and whenever possible, software developer. Kevin has over 30 years experience in high technology, and has worked in startups since 1989. As CEO of Netmosphere, he was a pioneer in web based, service oriented collaboration technologies until the successful sale of the firm in 2000.

After a couple of interim CEO roles in the US, he moved to London and worked in M&A for several years, but was repeatedly called upon to work with enterprises on strategies for Cloud Computing. Upon his return, Kevin decided to build the vision that he had been espousing and started FatFractal in January 2010.


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Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 10:00 PM (PDT)

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