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Connected Vehicle and Mobility Hackathon

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Hertz Corporation is hosting a hackathon around Mobility and the Connected Vehicle.

The hackathon will be held on April 19th-20th and will focus on Mobility and the Connected Vehicle for the business and leisure traveler. Affiliate partners for the event include AT&T, Nokia/ HERE, EasilyDo, Yelp, Twilio, Kiva and others. Over $50k in prizes will be awarded to teams that best integrate the Hertz and affiliate partners' APIs.

We are currently recruiting developers, entrepreneurs, creative types and startup teams that are interested in working on a project related to this theme. We are also currently recruiting later stage startups that have developer toolkits they’d like to throw into the mix.

For everyone involved, this is a great opportunity to get visibility before an audience of corporate executives at Hertz, Nokia, AT&T, Twilio, Yelp, and a number of other tech and automotive companies.

We hope to see you there!




5pm - Kickoff event with drinks, networking, and developer dating. which leads into idea pitches and team formation.

6pm - Dinner

7pm- Opening speeches and presentations from Hertz Corporation CIO, Joe Eckroth; Rob Moore, Hertz Vice President of Global Information Technology; and our sponsors Nokia, HERE, AT&T, EasilyDo, Twilio and Kiva. Our sponsors will present their APIs and challenges.

9pm - Have an app idea? Each participant who signed up to pitch gets 3 minutes to present their idea. Open networking and team formation follows. Please enter your projects here on HackerLeague.


The fun continues all day Saturday. Work with the teams that you formed on Friday night to produce your hack. Senseis will be available throughout the entire day to help you code up your solution.

4pm - Presentations start promptly at 5. Each team will have 3 minutes to pitch their hack to our judges.

7pm - Judging followed by prize-giving.

8pm - Closing words from the organizers.


Hertz - Over $50k in cash prizes

AT&T - $500 in cash prizes

Nokia (HERE) - 3 Month Incubation at nestGSV

EasilyDo - AWS Credits

Twilio - three one-year Premium Spotify Memberships

Kiva - TBA



Joseph F. Eckroth, Executive Vice President, Global Customer Care, Corporate Program Management Office and Process Improvement, Global Revenue Management Processes and Systems and Chief Information Officer

Mr. Eckroth has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Hertz Holdings and Hertz since June 2007 and Global Customer Care since April 2009. Mr. Eckroth also oversees the Corporate Program Management Office and Process Improvement, Global Revenue Management Processes and Systems function and Navigations Solutions business since December 2010, which is the exclusive provider of the Hertz Neverlost units and related services. Prior to joining Hertz Holdings and Hertz, Mr. Eckroth served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of New Century Financial Corporation from January 2006 through June 2007. He joined New Century Financial Corporation as Chief Information Officer in August 2005. Previously, Mr. Eckroth served as the Chief Information Officer for Mattel, Inc. and two of General Electric's business units, GE Medical Systems and GE Industrial Systems.



Luv Tulsidas, Director of Web Development, Hertz Corporation



Luv is responsible for the development & support of Hertz’ e-Commerce websites.  Luv led the development and launched a centralized international Rent-a-Car (iRAC) platform for Hertz. Luv has also been responsible for the development and promotion of eCommerce solutions for emerging businesses at Hertz such as the new Hertz Rent2Buy and Hertz on Demand programs. Most recently, Luv has been focused on evangelizing HTML5 and promoting the “build once deploy everywhere” ideology.

Alistair Adams Alistair Adams, Nokia Connected Car Group

Product Manager








Alistair Adams is a Product Manager in Nokia’s Connected Car group. He’s been involved in the Automotive IVI industry for the last 5 years since just before Nokia acquired Trolltech, the creator of the Qt C++ application and UI framework. With Qt part of Nokia, Alistair was responsible for the widespread adoption of Qt within the automotive IVI segment and its adoption by the GENIVI alliance. Prior to Trolltech Alistair was at Fonav, a startup building WiFi handsets and at Openwave delivering browsers into handsets right at the birth of the mobile internet. Alistair holds a degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge in the UK.



Joel Franusic, Twilio

Developer Evangelist









Joël Franusic is a Developer Evangelist at Twilio and Co-Organizer of SuperHappyDevHouse. He's been using GNU/Linux since Linux kernel[masked] and loves sharing his deep knowledge of the web with others. Prior to joining Twilio, Joel spent 2.5 years as a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft. When he isn't helping to plan hacker parties, he likes to spend his time thinking about how one might store data for 10,000 years.


Tony Mataya

Tony Mataya, Twilio

Developer Relations Manager


Tony Mataya is a Developer Relations Manager for Twilio. Prior to joining Twilio, Tony was in school at the University of Texas where he worked for a handful of startups and started a political news aggregation website that matched up left-leaning articles to right-leaning articles. Outside of work, Tony enjoys playing basketball and dabbling in complex cultural data analysis.

And others! Stay tuned.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all,

    as there is no activity anymore, I want to seize the chance inviting you to the next Connected Vehicle hackathon:

    The Connected Vehicle #hackathon that is driving the future of car #tech. April 4-5. Two locations!

    Looking forward meeting you this weekend in Redwood City! Best, Christoph

    April 2, 2014

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