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DevBeat Makeathon

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PST)

San Francisco, CA

DevBeat Makeathon

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The 2013 DevBeat Makeathon is a brand new hardware hackathon for developers to build robots, wearables, or whatever they can dream up!

The Makeathon is brought to you by Ford, and will be masterminded by our good friends at AngelHack.

The Makeathon takes place during DevBeat -- VentureBeat's cutting edge developer event -- on November 12-13 in San Francisco. It starts at 10:00 am on the 12th, goes all night, and ends with the finalists presenting on the main stage at DevBeat at 5:30 pm on the 13th.

We'll have food, drinks, and all the tools and components you'll need to create your masterpiece: fuses, wire, regulators, LEDs, tubing, batteries, 3D printers, soldering irons, and more. And if you have any materials you’d like to tinker with, feel free to bring them too.

New to hardware? Not to worry. In the weeks leading up to DevBeat, we'll have an online forum where participants will form teams, share ideas, and drill down on projects. We're expecting 10-15 teams of 3-5 people, so space is limited!

Top teams will get to present their projects to the full DevBeat audience -- 300+ experienced developers and press -- on the afternoon of the 13th.


Prizes for the winning team include

  • Acceptace into AngelHack's HACKcelerator program
  • A free ticket to a 2014 VentureBeat event
  • A 'winner announcement' article on
  • A 3 Month Membership (valued at over $500) to TechShop


The Ford Makeathon App Developer Challenge

During the 2013 DevBeat Makethon, developers and makers will get a chance to work with Ford's SYNC AppLink Technology Development Kit (TDK) and Software Development Kit (SDK). With the TDK and SDK, developers can make and create exciting new apps that may access simulated vehicle data such as location, speed, drive train status and other pieces of information which can link to any Android or iOS device. Ford will also host a Master Class on how to connect your Android or iOS device to the SYNC TDK with the AppLink SDK, and create apps which can interact with the vehicle. From there, let your imagination run wild; use the TDK to interact with the outside world OR, use the outside world to present information inside the vehicle with the TDK.

Prizes for the winning team include

  • Ford will pick one winner with the best idea using the SYNC TDK and the software development kit and give that team their own TDK ($5,000 value) and the opportunity to continue development of their app for potential commercial launch. The winning team will also receive an all-expense paid trip to showcase their app as part of the Ford display at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.

Note: Participation in the 2013 DevBeat Makeathon will not give you access to the concurrent DevBeat event. For more information on DevBeat, go here.

Have questions about DevBeat Makeathon? Contact the organizer

When & Where

Grand Ballroom Stage @ Regency Center
1290 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PST)

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Sabeen Ali
COO at AngelHack
Sabeen Ali is the Co-Founder and COO of AngelHack. She is the brains and execution behind the world’s largest hackathon competition that took place in 35 cities globally this past spring. In a past life, Sabeen has been a consult for leadership and organizational development with Kaiser Permanente, Yahoo!, Peet’s Coffee, and Cisco. She founded her own training and development company, Team Building ROI, in the Bay Area in 2011 which she sold to begin AngelHack. She loves traveling and being a great mommy to her 2 daughters, Noor and Laila.
Scott Burnell
Global Lead, Business Developement & Partner Management at Ford
Scott Burnell leads business development and partner management efforts for the mobile industry at Ford Motor Company. Most recently Scott facilitated the creation and launch of the Ford Developer Program, the first developer ecosystem for in-vehicle connectivity open to all global app developers. By creating partnerships with mobile apps publishers and developers, wireless network operators, and handset device manufacturers Scott drives Ford’s in-vehicle connectivity initiatives. Prior to joining Ford, Scott was the Director of Mobile Content for Wireless Developer Agency where he assembled and led the mobile apps team at the largest content aggregator in North America. Before moving to the content side of the industry, Scott launched both retail and indirect sales channels for wireless operators such as Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, increasing each company’s national footprint, sales and end user support.
Zachary Johnson
Dream Consultant at TechShop
Zack's maker career started with Legos. His obsession with building things grew into tree-forts and later into potato cannons and catapults. He impressed his high-school physics class by catapulting a soft ball across the parking lot and into a car. He got an 'A' on the project and detention. In college he studied engineering as well as international politics and language. As a senior, Zack built a computerized habitat for oysters for the University. He also developed a fondness for travel and adventure and immediately after graduating, flew to San Francisco —and never caught his return flight. Now he helps other people follow their dreams by teaching CNC machining and electronics at TechShop. He has been a Dream Coach since July 2010 and some of his current projects include: embedded systems work for a model of Alcatraz for NPS and prototyping and developing new type of surfboard with a partner in the Bay Area.
Jonathan Leblanc
Head of Developer Evangelism (North America) at PayPal
Jonathan LeBlanc is a technology evangelist, Emmy award winning software engineer, and author of the O’Reilly book "Programming Social Applications". Specializing in user identity concepts and data mining techniques, as well as open source initiatives around social engagement, Jonathan works on the development of emerging initiatives towards building a more user-centric web.
Julius Marchwicki
Global Product Manager for SYNC AppLink
Julius Marchwicki, Global Product Manager for SYNC AppLink at Ford Motor Company, has worked with industry leaders like Facebook, PANDORA Internet Radio, Clear Channel Digital, and others to deliver rapid and innovative change to the automobile by merging it with the consumer electronics and the connected world. Throughout his 8 years with Ford, he has helped leverage the power of mobile devices, evangelizing a product strategy that uses customers’ phones and "the cloud" faster than any other automaker. Julius and his team focus on the development of programming interfaces, the smartphone ecosystem and in-vehicle technologies to deliver products, services and features with extraordinary value to the consumer. Personally, he enjoys running and has competed in dozens of races globally. He is also is an avid football fan, traveling to see both his alma mater’s football team, the Northwestern Wildcats, and his hometown team, the Chicago Bears. He is fluent in Polish, and cannot remember the last time he didn’t wear jeans.
Dylan Tweney
Executive Editor at VentureBeat
Dylan Tweney is an award-winning writer and editor specializing in technology, science and business.He is currently the executive editor at VentureBeat, a news site devoted to covering the technology revolution and its impact on business and daily life. Previously, he was senior editor at, where he was responsible for the site's gadget news, product reviews, and also had stints running business and science coverage. Since 2000, Tweney has been publishing tinywords, the world's smallest magazine.

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