I had the opportunity to attend my first AT&T Developer Hackathon this weekend in Las Vegas as part of the AT&T Developer Summit. If you’ve never been to a Hackathon, you can picture it as the geek’s version of the Warrior Dash or the Spartan Race. But instead of mud covered runners and obstacle courses, the hackathon contestants are caffeine infused teams of innovators building killer applications with the latest technologies including the Axeda Machine Cloud and the AT&T mobile network.
It’s amazing what these teams built in less than 24 hours. In the machine-to-machine (M2M) category there was a home security app that involved a rocket launcher, a carbon monoxide detection system that incorporated social media to alert friends nearby who can help in an emergency, and a brain wave monitor that connected to your mobile phone to route calls based on your mood or level of activity. Some were fun, some were cool, but all of them were interesting and innovative.
So, all you weekend warriors out there, next time you’re looking to unleash your inner beast, may I suggest exercising your brain rather than your legs. Not only will you be less sore on Monday, you may be a little richer. The winner of the latest Warrior Dash jumped fire and ended up covered in mud. The Best Overall winning team at the AT&T Hackathon walked away with a cool $30K. Sounds like a no brainer to me.
Jump start your hacking skills at Axeda Developer Connection and stay tuned for more information on all the winning M2M applications!