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Hackathon heads to Redwood City: Free event focused on building mobile apps for multiple devices
August 16, 2013, 05:00 AM By Angela Swartz Daily Journal

AT&T Developer Program Participants in a hackathon run by the AT&T Developer program in Barcelona, Spain.

Programmers, developers, students and user groups are invited to the first of four regional hackathons this weekend, which will culminate in a $20,000 grand prize competition in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show.

The events — including one in Redwood City — are centered on building mobile apps for multiple devices, focused on gaming and artificial intelligence.

Alex Donn, head of the AT&T Development Program, organizes the hackathons and has done 61 events to date. He has been hosting the events since 2011 and said each has had a different topic.

“During the last year or two, the hackathons have been becoming more popular,” Donn said. “We’ve trailblazed these and it’s awesome because what this event is at its core is really an education event. It’s corporations putting dollars back into the education system and bringing in top developers to speak to on technologies. Where else do you get hand-holding?”

Donn said ideas for products that could be made at the event include recycling old phones as monitoring and carbon detection devices.

Judges from AT&T and Intel will vote for the best overall app, first place gets $1,000, second place receives $500 and third place gets $200.

For best gaming app, first place gets assistance in completing your game from senior architects at WildTanget and featured status in the AT&T WildTanget Android store.

First and second place finishers also will receive all-expense-paid trips to the National Accelerator Demo in Las Vegas at CES Jan. 3-5, where they will have the opportunity to pitch their hack and compete for the $20,000 grand prize.

Judges from AT&T and Intel will give equal weight to each entrant’s ability to articulate what the app does, the originality of the idea and the technical challenges confronted and overcome.

The hackathons are competitive events and designed for attendees, both technical and non-technical, to build mobile apps, eat and compete for prizes across various categories. The events introduce coders to the latest cutting-edge tools to help deploy their own apps with website backends fully hosted in the cloud, according to AT&T.

For more on the AT&T Developer program, please visit The Bay Area hackathon will be held at NestGSV, located at 425 Broadway in Redwood City from Aug. 16-17. RSVP is preferred, but not required.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 105



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