Hosted by BMW i. BORN ELECTRIC TOUR. New York.
Come and join us in New York on 11/16 to 11/18, and help us create a more sustainable future. Tweet about this hack: #sustainhack
We are looking for technical as well as non-technical people to build apps, mobile apps and hacks to address some of the most pressing problems in sustainability facing our future as a greener planet. Hack, get fed, compete for prizes across different categories, and most importantly: network with likeminded people to work on new or current projects.
Our sponsors will give you inspiration for your ideas and help you to realize them.
- BMW Group Technology Office USA - our research & development wing in Mountain View, CA, in the heart of Silicon Valley, is on hand to inspire and challenge you with today's most pressing problems in Sustainable Mobility.
- AT&T - with tons of experience running successful hackathons and building mobile apps, we have representatives from AT&T to help you out. Also, check out the other Mobile App Hackathon events and #atthack
- Tendril - sustainability doesn't just mean transportation. Tendril specializes in cloud services for managing your 'smart home' and controlling your home appliances according to your energy needs.
- BMW i Ventures - ever wondered who funds new ideas in the area of mobility? BMW's VC company, based directly in Manhattan, wants to meet bright people with new ideas.
We supply: quick presentations and code samples, which help to bootstrap your hacking, food to keep you going, and caffeine to keep you awake. That, and a group of technical senseis to assist you in building faster, smarter, and with new tools.
You bring: your laptop, skills and ideas. Come with a collaborative team and a focused mindset, and/or team up in advance on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ via #sustainhack. Whether you are a backend developer and code in JEE/Ruby/PHP/.NET, a front-end wizard, or are a designer and work with Illustrator, you are invited to attend this event. Every group needs a good balance of talent, and your development skills are needed!
The weekend's events are planned out as follows:
7pm Friday Night: Kickoff event with drinks, networking, and developer dating. which leads into idea pitches and team formation.
9am Saturday Morning: Breakfast followed by idea pitches and team formation. The fun continues with an all day hackathon. Work with the teams that you formed over the course of Friday and Saturday to produce your hack. Senseis will be available throughout the entire day to help you code up your solution.
8am Sunday Morning: More coding with breakfast served. App submissions will be accepted throughout the day with a deadline of 2pm.
2pm Sunday Afternoon: Promptly at 2pm, teams will begin pitching their ventures. Pitches are limited to three (3) minutes per team.
The following prizes are experiential and geared towards accelerating you towards a successful business as well as expanding your network and industry knowledge:
Best Hackathon Overall App
Best App using AT&T APIs - http://developer.att.com/API
A Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Elevate device and 1 Month of 1GB DataConnect Service (Max 3)
- 1st Place - $500 in Gift Cards for the team and one (1) year of the 'Small' service from Github for each team member
- 2nd Place - $300 in Gift Cards for the team and one (1) year of the 'Micro' service from Github for each team member
- 3rd Place - $200 in Gift Cards for the team and six (6) months of 'Micro' service from Github for each team member
Apps will be judged based on the criteria below and weighted accordingly.
- 33% Weight - Ability to clearly articulate what your app does
- 33% Weight - Originality of idea
- 33% Weight - iOS, WP7/8, RIM, & Android native apps are a big +++
- Tweet about your idea and participation with #sustainhack
- Like BMW i on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BMWi
- Like AT&T Mobile App Hackathon on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AttMobileAppHackathon
Alex Donn - Senior Marketing Manager at AT&T, is based out of sunny Seattle! His passion is educating developers young and old about mobile application development best practices through events like hackathons that fuse the collective interests of multiple technology and business leaders. He loves bacon and is allergic to all types of gluten.
Adam Wilson - the founder and chief software architect at Orbotix (makers of Sphero), attended the University of Northern Colorado and graduated with a degree in Mathematics and Physics. He has years of experience building custom software and worked in penetration testing for RMSTek – a true hacker at heart. He was involved in a NASA project with internet controlled robotics when he left to get rolling with TechStars and Orbotix.
Mark Platshon - Partner with Birchmere Ventures and Senior Investment Advisor for BMW i Ventures. Previously Mark was a partner in the Cleantech group at VantagePoint and a Silicon Valley CEO for 20+ years.
Before joining the venture capital world, Mark was a serial Silicon Valley CEO for over 20 years, including ELO, Idetek, Zing and was co-founder of Amprius, an advanced Lithium-ion battery company spun out of Stanford University. He was an early investor in Tesla. He has served on the Boards of numerous companies, including Synxis, acquired by Sabre; Everdream, acquired by Dell; Coulomb, Embark, Solexant, Amprius, GLO, Idetek, ELO, Ancore, Zing and Capnia.
Mark earned a BSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan, studied Nuclear Engineering at the Westinghouse Naval Reactor School and obtained his MBA from Stanford University. As a Lieutenant in the Navy, Mark had a joint Navy and Department of Energy appointment to Admiral Rickover’s nuclear submarine engineering staff.
Further speakers will be confirmed, watch this space...
Senseis will be announced soon.
Thank you to all who helped to make this possible.