Hackathon Mentors

hackathon mentor

Wesley Chan

Wesley Chan, best known for founding and launching Google Analytics and Google Voice, is a leading product innovator, entrepreneur, investor and advisor to startups and was formerly a General Partner at Google Ventures. Wesley has held positions as a research lead at HP Labs, a Program Manager at Microsoft, and holds both Masters and Bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT where he did his graduate research at the Media Laboratory. He was selected as a "Top 35 under 35" innovator by Technology Review magazine in 2010.

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Immad Akhund

Immad Akhund is a co-founder and CEO of Heyzap. Heyzap is a premier mobile ad network based in San Francisco, backed by Y Combinator, Ashton Kutcher, Union Square Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures. HeyZap is reported to have a 2014 revenue run rate of $13 million-$14 million. In 2012, Immad was featured in Inc. Magazine's "30 under 30." He previously was co-founder and CTO of Clickpass.com, which was acquired by Yola in 2008. Immad studied Computer Science at Cambridge University, graduating 2005.

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Ian Hunter

Ian Hunter is the co-founder and CTO of Zaarly, raising $14.1million in funding from Kleiner Perkins, Caufield & Byers, and reputable angel investors Ashton Kutcher, Ron Conway. Prior to this, Ian was CTO of coco.com, which has since been featured in publications such as the Today Show, Oprah Magazine, People, Vanity Fair and Daily Candy. Ian is an expert Javascripter and Rubyist. He is currently practicing a new methodology of building products centered around HTML/JS funnel-based development of MVP's

Best Overall App


Prizes: 1st Place: $25,000
2nd Place: $10,000
3rd Place: $5,000


Use of AT&T APIs is required to be eligible for the Grand Prize, so read up and see some examples.

Accelerator Challenges

accelerator challenge

AT&T WebRTC Challenge

Details: We’re excited for you to show us the ‘art of the possible’ that AT&T’s Enhanced WebRTC can offer in terms of new, richly-enabled communications experiences. We’ve made it simple for you to use with a cut-and-paste code snippet framework. Just enable voice or video calling in your browser app using the AT&T Mobile number, a virtual number or an account ID (using the AT&T Enhanced WebRTC API, of course) and you’re all set.

Prizes: 1st Place: $10,000
accelerator challenge

AT&T M2X Challenge

Details: The AT&T M2X Challenge award will be given to the best data driven device and/or application that showcases your innovation and leverages M2X for cloud data storage. You can use the M2X Data Service API to store and/or retrieve your time-series data, perform analytics, and visualize your data. Bring your creation to life using devices and sensors provided by Team mbed, Sparkfun, Samsung, or others, along with our open source client libraries. You can also build with your own time series data set, or your own personal device.

Prizes: 1st Place: $10,000
accelerator challenge

AT&T Women in Tech Challenge

Details: At AT&T, we have adopted a progressive approach to innovation – one that embraces openness and encourages collaboration between entrepreneurs and professionals of all genders and backgrounds. This challenge will be awarded to the best mobile app created by a women led team.

Prizes: 1st Place: $10,000
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AT&T Drive Connected Car Challenge

Details: The AT&T connected car challenge will award the best in-vehicle application built with AT&T Drive SDK and APIs. Developers must use HTML5 and JavaScript APIs as well as a head unit simulator provided on an Android tablet to develop their in-vehicle applications. Through these APIs developers can use AT&T Drive capabilities such as Map integration, Navigation, Vehicle information, and Information Search (weather, parking, POIs) to build their applications and in addition can bring in other content through external Web Services or other mechanisms.

Prizes: 1st Place - $10,000

accelerator challenge

AT&T Digital Life Home Automation Challenge

Details: The winning App will use as many AT&T Digital Life APIs as possible to bring innovative and compelling use case(s) for the connected Home. The App should mash DL APIs with other adjacent use cases / APIs to showcase how combining features/ functionalities can simplify lives (i.e., combine voice, location, weather, presence, connected car, other popular 3rd connected home and /or edge products that bring more value to Digital Life ecosystem). The App must be in working order, demonstrated on the assigned hardware and credentials must NOT be hard coded so the App can be switched from one environment to another.

Prizes: 1st Place - $10,000

accelerator challenge

Samsung Technology Challenge

Details: Samsung Gear S provides users with a unique wearable experience designed to elevate mobile to a whole new level. As a developer your challenge is to help define that unique experience by creating a solution that takes advantage of the rich feature set of the device. As part of this challenge you must integrate with one other technology being promoted at the event. Bonus points for creating a solution that uses carrier/wifi/networking connectivity. Join us in developing a wearable solution for one of the fastest growing segments

Prizes: 1st Place - $10,000

accelerator challenge

MediaTek Labs IOT and Wearables Challenge

Details: Your challenge, if you accept to do so, is to create an exciting and compelling IoT or Wearable device that best uses the LinkIt platform. MediaTek Labs is bringing 100 LinkIT ONE rapid development boards for developers to use to create their IoT or Wearable device with, so get them while they last! (You can find them in the AT&T swag room). Projects will be judged on their creativity and technical execution of the MediaTek Labs offerings in addition to the other judging criteria set forth by AT&T.

Prizes: 1st Place - $10,000

accelerator challenge

Windows Universal App Challenge

Details: With the universal app platform in Windows 8.1, you can build an app for Windows and Windows Phone at the same time, with one project. Share code, user controls, styles, strings, and other assets in Visual Studio and reduce the time to build apps that run across all Windows 8.1 PCs, tablets and phones. The “Windows Universal App Challenge” prize will be awarded to the most innovative app built on the Windows 8.1 universal app platform running on Windows Phone 8.1 and a Windows 8.1 PC or tablet.

Prizes: 1st Place - $10,000

accelerator challenge

Cisco Home Automation Challenge

Details: The winning App for this challenge should create an innovative spin on Home Automation creating a mashup of the Digital Life APIs with any other AT&T API presented at the hackathon event. In addition to requiring the use of both Digital Life APIs and an additional AT&T API; developers are also highly encourage to leverage wearable technology available at the event.

Prizes: 1st Place - $10,000

accelerator challenge

Ericsson Enterprise Wearables Challenge

Details: Create a service that wraps AT&T APIs and wearable techology into a compelling solution for the enterprise wearables space. Ericsson is challenging developers to create services that propel the wearables into enterprise market. Using AT&T APIs, the latest wearable technology and shape the future of health and safety, vitals monitoring, seamless/persistent biometric authentication, hands-free/eyes-free embedded communications, gesture based action initiation, real-time access to data and much, much more.

Prizes: 1st Place - $10,000

accelerator challenge

Alcatel Onetouch Education Innovation Challenge

Details: ALCATEL ONETOUCH is focused on bringing technology to the masses, making it accessible at affordable price points. The ALCATEL ONETOUCH Innovation Accelerator is hosting a challenge aimed towards finding innovative solutions to contribute towards improving the effective use of tablets for education, focused on creating a more engaging learning experience. We are in search of solutions that leverage the innovative use of applications to improve educational tools and bring technology to more schools across the country.

Prizes: 1st Place: $10,000
accelerator challenge

Best Use of ESRI Technology

Details: ESRI will be awarding this prize to the team that best utilizes their mapping and location services in their mobile app solution.

Prizes: 1st Place: $10,000

More Challenges TBA!

Check out the full list of partner technologies for you to use at this year’s hackathon.

Judging Criteria

1st Round - All apps will undergo an initial judging screening where judging of your solution will be based on the criteria below and weighted accordingly:

25%

Ability to clearly articulate what your app does

25%

Originality of idea

25%

Difficulty of technical implementation

25%

Completeness of the App

2nd Round - The Top 20 teams will win the right to pitch their apps on stage on Sunday and be evaluated by our panel of expert guest judges

25%

Ability to clearly articulate what your app does

25%

Originality of idea

25%

Difficulty of technical implementation

25%

Polish of the Application

Final Round - The Top 3 teams will pitch their solutions on stage where the audience at the AT&T Summit Keynote will be able to vote for their favorite solutions!

Kicker Contests


AT&T Sponsored Data Challenge

$5k Prize for 1st Place

Details: With AT&T Sponsored Data you can empower your experience in less than an hour so customers can enjoy mobile content without impacting their data plan. For this challenge your job is to create a technically sound mobile app that leverages our AT&T Sponsored Data API in an innovative way that improves the user experience.

IBM Bluemix Challenge

$5k Prize for 1st Place

Details: Best use of IBM Bluemix services and AT&T APIs in creating your application. Demonstrated application running one or more IBM Bluemix services. Evaluation includes presentation, design, implementation, and number of Bluemix services used. Additional credit given for running application code on IBM Bluemix.

Harman API Challenge

$5k Prize for 1st Place

This award will be given to the person(s) who creates the most innovative, novel and exciting use for the Harman Kardon HD Home Wireless System. Developers will need to use the provided SDK, the HK Wireless “OMNI” adapter, and speaker to create either: a stand-alone application/use, or an integrated application/use, of the adapter and speaker. Essentially, this challenge is designed to let your imagination run wild – there are really no constraints on what you can and cannot do.

TCS Technology Challenge

$5k Prize for 1st Place

We will be looking for the best use of TCS technology in a working application with emphasis on creativity and overall benefit to the end user in a connected car, connected home, or wearable based application.

Whitepages Pro API Challenge

$2.5k Prize for 1st Place

Details: The Whitepages API challenge is your opportunity to win $2,500 for best application built with the Whitepages graph database API. Use information on over 600 million phone numbers including owner and location, along with line type, carrier name, do-not-call registry and is prepaid status to create a unique application. The winning submission will be the most original use of Whitepages data.

HP IDOL On Demand Challenge

$5k Prize for 1st Place

Details: HP wants you to develop the most innovative app using IDOL OnDemand APIs. Combine our APIs to create faster and more meaningful data-rich experiences, delighting your users.

Best Use of Link Creation Studio

$5k Prize for 1st Place

Details: TBD

AT&T Flow Designer Challenge

$5k Prize for 1st Place

Details: The AT&T Flow Designer Challenge award will be given to the best project that uses Flow Designer as an integral part of their solution. Create custom business logic that provides the "glue" for your complex IoT solution. The Drag-and-Drop development environment allows rapid prototyping, and the cloud-based deployment platform will let you run your compiled projects at scale. AT&T Flow Designer will be released as a beta service at the start of the hackathon.

Jasper API Challenge

$5k Prize for 1st Place

Details: Build an IoT app that incorporates actions related to the connected device’s cellular connection status – sessions in the last 24 hours, too many/few connections, usage volumes, session length etc. Solution must incorporate Jasper APIs to be eligible.

Best Wearable Technology Made Utilizing a Deezmaker 3D Printer

Deezmaker 3D Printer Bundle Prize for 1st Place

Details: TBD

Best Use of Numerex

Two Huawai Talkbands and a $500 giftcard to Sparkfun Prize for 1st Place

Details: TBD

Couchbase Mobile Technology Challenge

$5k Prize for 1st Place

Details: Build a working online/offline app in 30 minutes or less with Couchbase Mobile. App must be built using Couchbase Mobile technology and demonstrate online/offline capability. Some points will be awarded to those who build an app using ONLY Couchbase Lite, the embedded NoSQL database. Additional points will be awarded to those who build an app using Couchbase Sync Gateway.

Most Creative Use of the Bukito 3D Printer

Deezmaker 3D Printer Bundle Prize for 1st Place

Details: TBA

MultiTech mDot Innovation Challenge

$2k Prize for 1st Place

Details: This prize will be awarded to the team with the most innovative use of mDot to control an IoT endpoint, gathering data from sensor devices packaging and reporting that data to a cloud entity. Implementation of local endpoint intelligence such as raw data reduction/conversion, scaling processing and/or trending to create a more efficient communication link.

Best Use of Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses

One (1) Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses for each team member (Maximum of 5) Prize for 1st Place

Details: What can you do with Smart Glasses? Where does your imagination end? Create an innovative application for the Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses and find out! Show the world what you could do with a wearable, computing, communications and display system that untethers you from having to hold a cell phone, tablet or laptop in your hands. How can you improve upon everyday reality by using the Augmented Reality capability of the Vuzix M100? Open the window and let your imagination fly!!!

Best Use of Plantronics Concept 1

Ten (10) Plantronics Backbeats Headphones Prize for 1st Place

Details: TBD

Best Use of Heapsylon

Sensoria Developer Kit Prize for 1st Place

Details: TBD

Best Use of Relayr

One (1) WunderBar Kit for each team member Prize for 1st Place

Details: TBD

Best Use of Intel XDX or Intel Eclipse Extension

Up to five (5) Peak Basis Watches Prize for 1st Place

Details: TBD

Best Use of the Intel Mashery API Network

Up to five (5) Beats Solo2 Headphones Prize for 1st Place

Details: TBD