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Heads Up: AT&T Mobile App Hackathon - GAME JAM!

Important Notice: Heads Up events listed at the Google Developer Group (GDG) East Bay are selected events that some members may be interested.

The following information mainly came from the event registration page. If you want to attend this event, please register by 5PM, Friday, January 25th 2013:

Please note that the official event is titled, "AT&T Mobile App Hackathon - Palo Alto - GAME JAM!", but the event is not held at the AT&T Foundry office at Palo Alto this time. This weekend hackathon is held at the Nest GSV office at Redwood City. For this Heads Up event post, I dropped the "- Palo Alto" words to avoid confusion.

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Are you Interested in building mobile games?

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.
This specific hackathon will feature speakers from the gaming industry as well as mentors that can help you with the game you have been thinking about building or advance the game you have already built.
To make this event even more interesting for you, Wild Tangent has graciously offered to FINISH the first place game, free of charge. You own the rights to the game and Wild Tangent / AT&T will help get the word out through our channels.

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!

Weekend event agenda:

Friday, 1/24/2013:

6PM: Kickoff event with drinks, networking, and developer dating which leads into idea pitches and team formation.
7PM: Speakers present (see below under "Speakers:")
8PM: Pitch ideas and form teams

Saturday, 1/25/2013:
10AM: 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 7PM.
7PM: Promptly at 7PM, 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 Mobile Gaming App
1st Place - $500 in Gift Cards for the team
2nd Place - $300 in Gift Cards for the team
3rd Place - $200 in Gift Cards for the team

Greatest Market Potential
A 3-month incubation period at nestGSV including:
- Business Development Coaching from nestGSV and the AT&T Foundry
- Access to NestEDU Leadership training for founders
- Opportunities to present before venture capital firms and other big players in the Innovation Ecosystem Workspace, conference room access, IT support, gym membership, recreational facilities

Best App using AT&T APIs (Click for AT&T APIs info)
$500 in Gift Cards for the team to split and entire team seeded with Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Devices and one (1) month of 1GB DataConnect Service (Max 3) [compliments of Sierra Wireless]

Best Leveraging Ludei HTML5 platform
$500 in Gift Cards for the team to split

Best Blackberry Game/App
$500 for the team to split
$300 for the team to split
$200 for the team to split


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 bleeding edge full stack technologies.
Social Media.


Hackathon Terms:
Hackathon Official Rules:



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.

Lance Nanek is one of the programmers for Lock n Roll - a cross platform dice puzzle game with over 1 million downloads and available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7, and facebook. He has over 10 years of experience in IT - supporting other developers as part of HTCdev, working on hit apps like CardioTrainer at WorkSmart Labs, and working for big companies like IBM and State University of New York.

Joshua Granick is a BlackBerry Developer Evangelist and a Lead Developer for NME. He is highly skilled in everything from web languages like web languages like Javascript, CSS and HTML to compiled languages such as Haxe, Flash, C and C++. Prior his time with RIM he ran his own firm where he managed projects for Adobe, Kellog, and Disney.

Ibon Tolosana is the CTO at Ludei. He is the lead architect for Ludei's world leading HTML5 mobile game development platform. At Ludei, he has been actively involved in the development of all aspects of the platform, including the delivery of CocoonJS, the company's client virtual machine, the Ludei cloud and Ludei's own games, VideoPuzzle, iBasket and Sumon for IOS and Android. He has been in the internet world since 2000. A former Technical Director at, a multiplayer gaming portal.

Tim Anglade, handles Developer Relations & Outreach for Apigee. In previous lives, he was a Research Assistant, a Project Manager, a University Lecturer and a CTO but he kept writing code all the while. You may have met him at a conference, during the NOSQL Summer or seen him host the NOSQL Tapes. He’s always up to chat about dev, hacks, apps & tech — so come say hi!



Roger Billerey-Mosier is VP Eng and Product at Crunched.

David Chung is Director Channel Sales - Americas NeuroSky, Inc.

Andrew "Andy" Manoske is an investor at GGV Capital.

Curtiss Pope is the founder and CEO of AisleFinder.


Eric Apel is Senior Character artist at 2K Sports.

Larry Downes is an Internet industry analyst and author.

Paras Wadehra is a Nokia Developer Ambassador.

Alvin Wang, founder of Cloud Wizard, is currently the CTO or Lead Architect at 5 startups.

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