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AT&T Mobile App Hackathon - Los Angeles

AT&T Developer Program

Friday, July 27, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

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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  
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  
Staff and Technical Support (Employees of AT&T and Senseis) Ended Free  
Student (looking to learn about app creation and startups!) Ended Free  

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Event Details

Have an app idea or need an app built for your business?

Mobile App Hackathon is an event produced by the AT&T Developer Program and Apigee that is designed for attendees (technical & non-technical) to build apps/mobile apps, get fed, compete for prizes across different categories and most importantly: meet new people and scout for teammates to work on new or current projects. Our hackathon will introduce you to the latest cutting edge tools to help deploy your own app with a website backend, fully hosted in the cloud.

As far as platforms are concerned, feel free to code in the language you feel most comfortable, whether it's Objective C, Java, Javascript, HTML, C #, Dot Net, or XNA. Even if you are rusty with your programming, we will have live developer support from local senior developers as well as from AT&T to help you code that much faster.

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

  • 6PM - Friday EveningKickoff event with drinks, networking, and developer dating which leads into idea pitches and team formation.
  • 7PM - Friday Evening - Lightning talks.
  • 8PM - Friday Evening - Idea pitches and team formation. Pitch your ideas and form teams or just start coding with your preformed teams.
  • 12AM - Friday Evening - End of the night. Go home, get some rest and come back the next day refreshed!
  • 10AM - Saturday Morning - 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 - Saturday Afternoon - Lunch
  • 7PM - Saturday Evening- Dinner
  • 12AM - Saturday Evening - End of the night. Go home, get some rest and come back the next day refreshed!
  • 10AM - Sunday Morning - The fun continues with the final six (6) hours of the hackathon. Work with the teams that you formed on Friday to produce the 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 4PM.
  • 1PM - Sunday Afternoon - Lunch
  • 4PM - Sunday Evening - Promptly at 4PM, teams will begin pitching their ventures. Pitches are limited to three (3) minutes per team.

Parking is available at 7083 Hollywood Blvd for $5 per day when you let them know you're with the event.

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 App 
  • Best App using AT&T APIs
    • 1st Place - A Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Elevate device and 1 Month of 1GB DataConnect Service (Max 3)
  • Best App using AT&T Cloud Architect
    • 1st Place - $200 VISA Giftcard for each team member (Max 5)
  • Best App using AT&T mHealth APIs
    • 1st Place - $200 in Gift Cards for each team member (Max 5)
  • Best App using Apigee Usergrid
    • 1st Place - $1,050 in American Express Gift Cards

Judging Criteria. Apps will be judged based on the 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
Social Media. 
  • Follow us @hackathonlive for live updates and photos from the event
Legal. Please be sure to review the official contest rules below and look for important waivers required for minors to participate:

Hackathon Terms:
Official Rules:

Attendees under the age of 18 must provide a signed copy of the form found at the link below in order to participate:

Parental Waiver Form:

Presentation Slide Decks. 


 Hackathon Speakers

Alex Donn Joshua Hollenbeck

Alex Donn, a Senior Marketing Manager with the AT&T Developer Program, 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. 

Josh Hollenbeck, a Senior Software Developer for CitrusByte, 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.

Shikhir Singh

Casey Rosenthal
Shikhir Singh, a Wireless Application Architect at Research in Motion(BlackBerry)  helps enterprise clients make BlackBerry apps. He specializes in mobile HTML5 toolkits like Sencha Touch, jQuery Mobile, and BBUI.js. His mobile platform of choice is BlackBerry and programming languages of choice are Java and Javascript. Casey Rosenthal, a Consultant Engineer at Basho, where he installs and tests Riak clusters. He also provides training to clients so that they can do the same. As Chief Software Engineer for Port Forty Nine, Casey worked for NASA, Caltech, and JPL to engineer systems for storing and disseminating the image archives of space telescopes such as Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra.

John Dewey

Daniel Samet
John Dewey, a Principal Architect working on OpenStack for AT&T, tends to play Call of Duty on a breakneck basis. He has a background in Ruby, AWS, cloud computing, automation, and systems engineering. Daniel Samet, a Senior Product Manager at Apigee, has been working in technology for over 10 years.  Prior to Apigee, Daniel worked as a Product Manager at Symantec and a Senior Systems Engineer at Autodesk.
Ron Evans John Shiple
Ron Evans, the leader of The Hybrid Group, has spoken at multiple Ruby conferences and has written articles for MSNBC and BYTE Magazine. He currently contributes to many open source projects and specializes in Ruby, JavaScript, and Erlang. John Shiple, the CEO of FreelanceCTO, has secured two Fortune 50 contracts for a startup within a year of operation and has enabled to sign 50+ co-branded partnerships. He is also responsible for the redesign of the 4th largest site on the Internet, GeoCities, increasing ad inventory by more than 10,000 times and enabling a purchase by Yahoo! for $3.57 billion in stock.


Karim Varela Jorge Garifuna

Karim Varela, an Android developer with Fandango, has over eight years of mobile application development experience. In previous roles, Karim was an Android Engineer for Muve Music and the Android support lead within AT&T Mobility's technical developer support team. Karim has also held various roles in the mobile games industry ranging from quality assurance and build engineering to porting, and networking engineering. 

Jorge Garifuna, founder and developer at mobile software company, has 15 years of industry experience. His portfolio of technologies includes but are not limited to various programming languages, Web 2.0, a diverse number of Frameworks, countless of databases and mobile for popular platforms such as IOS, Android and BlackBerry.

Cas Hoefman

Aaron Stannard

Cas Hoefman, a Solutions Consultant for Oracle during the day, helps to empower brands to deliver the best customer experiences when, where and how customers want it. At night he likes to hack on anything he can get his hands on, has a passion for telco solutions like Tropo and lately has been know to spend way too much time on Bluetooth 4.0 Technology

Aaron Stannard, a Startup Developer Evangelist at Microsoft, evangelizes early stage web and software programs on Microsoft's BizSpark program and the .NET platform. He has worked at and specializes in ASP.NET and C#. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University.

Chad Hill Hattan
Chad Hill, a Technology Manager with Disney Interactive, has been creating web and mobile applications for 15 years. As the architect of Xdrive's Web UI, he pioneered what would become standard AJAX practices. Experienced with a variety of languages and platforms, his current focus is with NodeJS, Redis and MongoDB. To this day, you can still find him adding new features to his favorite text-based RPG, Sindome. Hattan Shobokshi is a Senior Software Engineer and is responsible for developing applications on a variety of platforms including weband mobile devices. Hattan is experienced in .NET technologies, in particular ASP.NET MVC. Hattan is also an avid JavaScript developer and is experienced in building rich client side userinterfaces using JavaScript and its supporting technologies.
Ori George
Ori Neidich, owner at and co-founder and CTO of nonprofit trade association The Hollywood Hill, also serves as a mentor for StartEngine and He has over 17 years of technology experience, including years as a media tools & post production direct at Dreamworks Animation and at Digital Domain. George McKinney is a cross-platform mobile developer & co-founder of Zukini Mobile, Adobe User Group Manager for LA PhoneGap and previously co-Manager of LA Flex. George creates mobile, augmented reality and social game experiences. He loves web programming especially in Actionscript, JavaScript and PHP. Previous work experiences include, Sun Microsystems and EMI Music.    


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7083 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Friday, July 27, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

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