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AT&T Aspire Mobile App Hackathon - Miami (Education)

Have an app idea or need an app built for your business?

Mobile App Hackathon is an event produced by the AT&T Developer Program  that is designed for attendees (technical & non-technical) to build apps/mobile apps, get fed, compete for prizes across different categories and most importantly: meet new people and scout for teammates to work on new or current projects. Our hackathon will introduce you to the latest cutting edge tools to help deploy your own app with a website backend, fully hosted in the cloud.

We Supply: Quick presentations and code samples that help to bootstrap your hacking, food to keep you going, and caffeine to keep you awake. Along with technical senseis to assist you in building faster, smarter, and with new tools.

You Bring: Your laptop, skills & ideas. Come with a collaborative, team focused mindset and/or team up in advance on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ via the #atthack hashtag. Whether you are a backend person and code in Ruby/PHP/.NET or are a designer and only work with Illustrator, you are invited to attend this event. Every group needs a good balance of talent and your development skills are needed!


Register here:


Event Schedule.  The following is a list of the weekends agenda:

6PM - Friday Evening - Kickoff event with drinks, networking, and developer dating which leads into idea pitches and team formation.

10AM - Saturday Morning -  The fun continues with an all day hackathon. Work with the teams that you formed on Friday night to produce the app spec’d out the night before. Senseis will be available throughout the entire event to help you code up your solution. App submissions will be accepted throughout the day with a deadline of 6PM.

6PM - Saturday Evening - Pencils down. Please sign up your teams to present via this link:

Pitches start promptly at 6PM and are limited to three (3) minutes per team. No powerpoints unless you are only presenting an idea.


Prizes. The following prizes are experiential and geared towards accelerating you towards a successful business as well as expanding your network and industry knowledge:

Best Education App

1st Place

$500 in Gift Cards

$3,000 donation to charity of your choice from AT&T approved list


2nd Place


$300 in Gift Cards

$2,000 donation to charity of your choice from AT&T approved list


3rd Place

$200 in Gift Cards

$1,000 donation to charity of your choice from AT&T approved list


Judging Criteria. 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 - Use of Node.JS, Sencha,, Heroku, and other technologies

Hackathon Legal.

Hackathon Terms:

Social Media. Follow us @attdeveloper for live updates and photos from the event"Like" us on Facebook!



Ben Nelson


Ben Nelson, Sr. Product 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.



Brian Breslin


Brian Breslin, an active community leader in the South Florida tech scene, founded Refresh Miami, the largest tech meetup group in South Florida. He has been involved in web development for over twelve years and is heavily involved in social media and social networks.


Bryce Kerley

Bryce Kerley, a Developer Advocate at Basho, is a highly skilled Rails developer.  Prior to joining Basho he worked as an independent Rails developer, consulting  on everything from AJAX to ZFS.  He will be attending this event on behalf of AT&T and speaking about their mHealth APIs.

David Di Cillo


Nelson Melo is a Software Developer and Founder of CodeModLabs LLC, a software consulting firm in Miami, FL. Nelson has been coding in a mixture of Python & Java for AppEngine and Android since 2008, and working on the web and mobile spaces for more than 10 years. He also organizes the South Florida Google Developers Group.

David Di Cillo

Leonardo Correa is a recent FIU graduate in Computer Science that has extensive experience with Java and Ruby on Rails. He is currently a Ruby on Rails developer for Citrix and is a founder and backend developer of Unboxed Labs, a company that develops mobile and web applications with ROR backends.



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