Developers gathered at the Cross Campus coworking space in Santa Monica for the two day Tizen DevLab and Hack hackathon hosted by BeMyApp and Intel. Contestants were challenged to develop apps for the new Tizen operating system.
On the opening night of the event, participating Native and Web developers saw Intel’s Wesley Osaze take to the stage introducing the Tizen SDK, which allows users to build new apps for and port existing HTML5 apps to the Tizen mobile platform. Equipped with Tizen learning materials and Intel developer support, participants began building their ideas.
I was selected to help judge the submitted apps, and I pitched in as much as I could with the awesome teams to help get them up and running on their hacks.
The next day, developers received new Samsung developer devices running the latest Tizen OS. Contestants deployed their apps to these devices and later prepared their presentations for judging. I even deployed my FoodEssentials API powered Food App to the Tizen OS device!
The gaming app “BrickYourPhone3D” built by two UCLA college students won the 1st place prize of $1000. In this game, players tilt their phones to control a ball to break bricks. Also, bluetooth enables the game’s multiplayer option and the background screen changes in accordance to the weather, helped in part by the World Weather Online API.
“Dog Quiz” (pet behavior identifier app using social media and maps), “SportsFeed” (sporting news app), and “Weather Apptician” (weather search app) used the ESPN, TomTom, Peer Index, and World Weather Online APIs. A compete list of the event’s hacks can be found at Hacker League.
Thanks to our friends at BeMyApp for inviting us out to this awesome event, we look forward to seeing you at the next one!