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Friday, April 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM (PDT)


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The Connected Vehicle Hackathon

Throughout history, the global automotive industry has reinvented itself again and again, but today, the industry is currently undergoing a revolutionary and unprecedented transformation.The future of the connected vehicle is that of one where there is a wholesale decrease of accidents, more efficient ways of traveling, a significant reduction in terms of emissions generated and a reduction in overall commute time.
Whether it’s the expanded application of automotive electronics, intelligent smart systems improving convenience and safety to provide an optimal driving environment and comfort, and new infotainment systems as telematics, the automotive industry is actually undergoing one of its biggest transformation in decades. 
We’re looking to explore the next frontier in form of the connected vehicle. Specifically, we’re looking to explore:


•  Short term connected technologies in existing vehicles

•  The future of autonomous vehicles and smart sensors

•  New business models for helping consumers commute more efficiently

•  The impact of social in vehicular transportation 

•  Sustainability and vehicle performance

NestGSV is collaborating with Ann Arbor Spark, as teams from Michigan and California will compete for prizes. There will be a 24-hour connected feed between the two sites.  







       6 p.m. Networking and developer dating

       7 p.m. Opening speeches and presentations from NestGSV and each challenge track partner.

  7:30 p.m. NestGSV and partners introduce the cross-partner tracks.

       8 p.m. End of basic idea creation and submission to the system. Teams have two minutes to present on stage.

  8:30 p.m. Teams start coding.



       8 a.m. Light breakfast.

10:30 a.m. Expert Panel 

  2:30 p.m. SPARK project submission deadline.
  3:30 p.m. Judging of the SPARK projects.
  5:30 p.m. Silicon Valley project submission deadline.
       6 p.m. Judging begins. Each team will have 90 seconds to pitch.
       8 p.m. Judges deliberate.

  8:30 p.m. Dinner.
       9 p.m. Winners announced; closing ceremony.

     10 p.m. Hackathon ends.



  "The future of embedded systems and how third party solutions can be integrated”

Rob Moore, Chief Technology Officer at HERTZ

Alex Donn, Developer Evangelist at AT&T Mobility 

Roger Jollis, Industry Professional (formerly: Director at Garmin Automotive OEM & Mobile Solutions)

Saar Dickman, CEO at Towersec

Edgar J. Dietrich, Technology Analyst at General Motors

Track 1
Co-Sponsored w/ Mojio: Develop the best integration of the Mojio OBD device and either the Hertz customer experience. This can be an integration with the Hertz smartphone/tablet app or it could be a suggested implementation with a fixed, in-car, Hertz screen. Areas to focus on would be the pickup and return experiences. Problem areas for Hertz to solve would include physically closing out the rental and communication of the fuel level at multiple points in the trip.
Track 2
Business/Leisure Travel App: Develop an app specifically for the Hertz in-car screen that adds value to someone on either a business or a leisure trip. Suggested functions would be greater levels of personalization including recommended points of interest, personal media selection, calendar integration, business productivity tools, social integration and others. Feel free to propose applications which require changes to offline practices or back end systems to accommodate.
Track 3
Business Model Challenge: It used to be thought that the car rental was the last stop in the mind of the travel planner. Not so any longer. Propose an integration of Hertz and one or more alternative transportation providers in the black car, taxi, peer to peer, or ride sharing spaces along with specific use cases. For example, in Austin during SXSW, it is conceivable that ride sharing might overlap with car rental since many people are going to approximately the same place from the airport.



Rob Moore, Chief Technology Officer at HERTZ

Mike McDowell, IT Innovation Architect at HERTZ

4 Xbox One Titanfall Bundles 
4 Samsumg Galaxy Tab 8" 
4 Pebble Smartwatches 
4 Rasberry Pi starter kits 
4 Chromecast media players 
5 Hertz $200 vouchers


Track 4

The Fun Challenge – this challenge is about reducing the monotony of driving. On a road trip? What if your mojio app could highlight historical places of interest as you drive?

Track 5

The Social Challenge – this challenge is about connecting you to other drivers, friends or family. Don’t carpool? Need a ride? Ask a friend who’s already on their way there.



Richard Woodruff, Co-Founder & VP of Business Developement and Sales at Mojio

Narayan Sainaney, Co-Founder & CTO at Mojio



$2000 (one prize at $1,000; two at $500) 
Branded fuzzy dice
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Track 6
Context-Aware Radio for the Connected Vehicle

Over half of all music listening happens in the car, even though music choices are still mostly confined to AM/FM radio and CD's. As the car becomes more and more connected, the possibilities for music in the car become limitless. We challenge the hackers to use the Gracenote music recognition, discovery, and personalization APIs at https://developer.gracenote.com to build a revolutionary context-aware music experience in the connected car.


Our recently released Rhythm API (https://developer.gracenote.com/rhythm-api) allows you to create personalized radio channels based on Artist, Track, Genre, Mood or Era. Coupling this with vehicle sensor data (for instance, from Mojio's API http://sandbox.developer.moj.io/) could create automatic playlists based on driving style or other control signals. You could also build the perfect road trip playlist by using local information and driving directions (for instance, from Hertz devices and Neverlost apps http://www.neverlost.com).


You can also use our music recognition APIs to analyze your music collection, then build up a personal taste profile, which you can use to personalize the music experience in rental cars wherever you go, or to help find music that will satisfy everyone in the car. And of course to make listening and driving safer by using our Mood Grid technology, along with speech technologies (like those from AT&T http://developer.att.com)




Rishabh Sharma, Lead Software Engineer at Gracenote


Sony PS4 bundle
Sonos wireless speaker bundle 


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Alex Donn, Developer Evangelist at AT&T Mobility

Two $500 cash prizes for the winning teams (one for each team)
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Have questions about THE CONNECTED VEHICLE HACKATHON? Contact NestGSV

When & Where

425 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA 94063

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM (PDT)

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NestGSV accelerates global innovation by launching Innovation Labs around important trends in the growth economy, such as Big Data, Ed Tech, Sustainability and Mobility.


We offer a 72,000 square foot campus at the epicenter of Silicon Valley, along with diverse programs to help innovators thrive. We specialize in startup relationships, corporate partnerships, education, accelerator programs, hackathons, ideathons, and industry networking.

For more information, visit us at nestGSV.com or follow us on Twitter @nestGSV.

For partnership inquiries, email us at info@nestGSV.com. 

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