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AT&T Internet of Things Hackathon - Palo Alto

Mashed by: @alexarcel

Welcome to NestGSV, where the people are helpful, the slide is great, and the peaceful zen-like courtyard is a prime nap location. This weekend, at AT&T’s Internet of Things hackathon, I saw several a hacker snoozing on the courtyard’s comfy couches, taking a quick nap before returning to the hunched-over world of laptop screens and unhealthy snacks.

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These hackers, among others, spent Friday night and most of Saturday hard at work to complete their hacks, hoping to win the grand prize (or one of the sub-prizes) offered at this 24 hour long hackathon.

A rough count on Friday evening estimated likely more than 150 people in attendance. What a turn out! Alex Donn, MC and organizer of the event, kicked off Friday night’s hack-tivities with developer small talk, sponsor and representative talks, which included Tapjoy, FatFractal, Plantronics and of course, Mashery! AT&T representatives were also present, and Intel reps were showing off the cool new Dell All-In-One. I showcased Rotten Tomatoes’, PeerIndex’s, and Weatherbug’s APIs.

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Developers were highly encouraged to build an app that worked to bring the All-In-One into the family home. 

Developers stepped up to the plate once the planned talks were out of the way and presented their ideas to a crowd of eager hackers. The next hour after this was busy with team formation, idea exchanges, and the staking of hacker territory. The rest of the night and most of Saturday was quiet as developers furiously typed up code, hunched over their keyboards. When 6pm rolled around on Saturday, there were a total of 20 hacks ready and waiting to be presented!

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One hack definitely stole the show and had the audience in stitches! These boys got a standing ovation presenting their Mobile Game Console!

Hack presentations were intense but awesome, taking more than two hours. It was easy to see how passionate the developers were about their projects, especially with so many of the hackers being under 18. Judging sure wasn’t easy! 

Now, for the winners. Drumroll please!

FamTaskTic won the Mashery API prize for their use of the Weatherbug API in their neat family-friendly app that turns doing chores and similar household related tasks into a fun and competitive game! Teammates GabrielNikolai, Joon, Kwanghwi, Jeonguk, and Maxime did an awesome job!

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Here’s the FamTaskTic and I as they are awarded the Mashery prize: three Leap Motions!  Congrats!

Plantronic’s prize, $500 cash, went to MailTalkie for an awesome use of the Plantronics product. It allows users to listen to and answer emails from the Plantronics headphones. Neat app! Congratulations!

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Image credit to the IoT Hackathon Facebook page.

GoodBirdBadBird, a game designed for the specifically for the family, won the best Unity3D app! They won a perpetual UnityPro license. Sweet!

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Image credit to the IoT Hackathon Facebook page.

Team PopQuiz won the prize Best Gaming app with their hack! PopQuiz is a nifty app designed to make learning a competitive game in the classroom. That’s a lot of potential right there! Prizes included a perpetual UnityPro license, assistance from senior architects at Wild Tangent in completing the game, and featured status in the AT&T Wild Tangent Android store. Awesome, congrats!

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Image credit to the IoT Hackathon Facebook page.

Finally, the GRAND PRIZES!

THIRD PLACE: Team FamTaskTic won third place which included $200 cash, $1,000 in Amazon Web Services, and one year of a GitHub “Micro” plan. Congrats again! You boys are cleaning up!

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SECOND PLACE: The Dining Board app won second place overall with its great design and super usefulness in the kitchen. These girls definitely took Intel’s lead and made the All-In-One useful and desirable in the home. Their app allows a user to outline their food, and will return nutritional information based on the size. Dining Board won a Dell XPS 18 Portable All-In-One Desktop, $500 cash, $2,000 in Amazon Web Services, a year of a GitHub “Small” plan, and (here’s the big one!) an all expenses paid trip for two to the National Accelerator Demo in Las Vegas for a chance at a $20,000 prize. Woo! Congratulations!!

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Image credit to the IoT Hackathon Facebook page.

And finally, FIRST PLACE: The grand prize, which included a Dell All-In-One for each team member, $1,000 cash, $3,000 in Amazon Web Services, one year of a GitHub “medium” plan, and (again!) a trip for two to the National Accelerator Demo in Las Vegas, went to team Universal Voice Remote! The Universal Voice Remote app enabled users to use a Plantronics headset to watch television on any of their devices, and control it through only their voice! Super impressive! Great job!

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AT&T’s Internet of Things started on a great note and ended just as fantastically. Kudos to Alex Donn for putting on such a cool event and thanks to all the sponsors and developers who made it a success! Look forward to the next IoT Hackathon coming up in New York City!

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Image credit to the IoT Hackathon Facebook page.