While a “hackathon” may sound like a bad thing, when it’s put to good use, it could end up helping consumers. As the world increasingly relies on wireless and mobile applications to control their homes and cars, the companies that provide these solutions start to look for new ideas, and invite developers to brainstorm. The goal is to raise awareness among developers and see where these new technologies can go.
AT&T (News - Alert), BMW and Tendril today announced that they are co-sponsoring a joint hackathon in New York City from November 16 to 18. The goal is to focus on application development around the intersection of electric vehicles (EVs), mobility services, sustainability and the connected smart home.
The three-day event will be part of the seven-city BMW i Born Electric Tour, which celebrates the unveiling of the hybrid-electric Concept BMW i8 and the fully-electric Concept BMW i3. The world tour and hackathon will also highlight BMW's sustainable and holistic approach to technology and lifestyle.
"BMW is about far more than just the cars. It allows us to present a holistic view around how energy is viewed and used,” said Dr. Dirk Rossberg, head of the BMW Group Technology Office USA, in a statement. “A hackathon focused on developing new solutions that connect the smart car, the smart home and smart mobile devices is an exciting venture. By teaming with Tendril and AT&T to open our collective technologies to joint third-party development, we're ensuring that BMW i Brand vehicles and other products from BMW will seamlessly integrate to the grid and the home, while opening the doors to imaginative new mobile access and control applications. We're excited about the technical creativity, talent and ingenuity we'll assemble at this first-of-its kind event focused on app development for electric vehicles, mobile devices and smart homes."
AT&T has run a successful hackathon series to help reach the developer community, provide technical know-how, and manage the pre-event, during and post-event logistics.
"Hackathons engage developers and provide a catalyst for rapid technological innovation, thereby fueling the development of solutions for the challenges of today and tomorrow," said Alex Donn, senior marketing manager, AT&T Developer Program.
Adding, "As the adoption of electric vehicles increases, events like the BMW i Born Electric Tour hackathon can help provide the tangible energy-efficient solutions consumers need to manage the increased electrical demands on the home or grid. In addition to the AT&T software development tools, APIs, and open network provided at all of our hackathons, developers will also be able to enjoy the resources and expertise offered by thought leaders in the automotive, consumer energy management and sustainability spaces to build the best app they can in the allotted timeframe."
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Edited by Brooke Neuman