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Ford Electrified Vehicle Hackathon

Ford Electrified Vehicle Hackathon

***NOTE: To attend this event you *must* register through TechShop.

Define the vehicle interfaces of tomorrow!

In a series of workshops at TechShops around the country, Ford has been demonstrating and teaching how to use OpenXC, an open source hardware/software platform, to get access to vehicle data. By installing a small hardware module to read and translate metrics from the car's internal network, a vehicle's data becomes accessible for most Android applications using the OpenXC library. In the workshops we have shown how to set-up and get started developing for OpenXC.

OpenXC has allowed read-only access to vehicle data -- until now. On September 7-8 at TechShop Menlo Park, Ford will provide access to three plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (Ford CMAX Energi and Ford Fusion Energi) which will be modified to export a much richer signal set, but also support beta APIs allowing you to control select functionality of the car. Participants will code OpenXC apps that will be able to read much more electric vehicle specific data and will be able to control select aspects of the vehicles powertrain.

The hackathon will be held the weekend of September 7-8, 10 AM to 10 PM both days with an introductory session on Friday, September 6 starting at 7 PM. We'll provide you with food, drinks and access to vehicles to test your creations on, all you need to bring is a laptop with your OpenXC development environment set up, and a desire to code some cool apps. At the end of the hackathon we will give out prizes for the best apps, including a week-long loan of a Ford Focus Electric.

This is a unique opportunity for developers to show what could be possible to do with a rich read/write API and will give Ford input on how to extend OpenXC and other interfaces in the future.

What: Ford Electrified Vehicle Hackathon

When: September 6 @ 7-9 PM, September 7-8 @ 10 AM - 10 PM

Where: TechShop Menlo Park

Why: Read *and* write access to Ford electrified vehicles via OpenXC, plus prizes

What to bring: A laptop with the OpenXC development environment. The modified interface specifications will be distributed to the participants ahead of the event.

Registration is open the the general public, 16 years and older. Membership to TechShop is not required to attend this workshop. LIMITED ENROLLMENT. $35 fee includes access to the hackathon, catered food and snacks. Bring your own laptop and charging cord.

OpenXC platform information:

To view Android host devices:

Please note: This hackathon is focused on software interfaces and all shop rules still apply. This is not a Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class – you may NOT use TechShop's equipment without passing the associated Safety and Basic Use class.

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  • Dean L.

    Schedule conflict. :/

    August 31, 2013

    • George B.

      Dean, it would have been nice to reconnect. What are you doing on October 19-20? Nissan might put on a similar event.

      September 7, 2013

    • Dean L.

      Hey George! Unfortunately I'll be instructing for the Audi club at Sonoma raceway that wkend. :/

      September 8, 2013

  • George B.

    Learned about the tickets requirement and the event is sold out?

    September 5, 2013

    • Dave J.

      It looks like there are 4 seats left now.

      1 · September 6, 2013

  • Dave J.

    I'm all resistered and ready to hack!

    September 4, 2013

  • Sudipto

    To all who have RSVPd on this event to attend also need to register on the official Techshop page.

    September 2, 2013

  • Dirk H.

    Charging for food/location and making people go home at 10? That's not a hackathon, sorry.

    September 2, 2013

    • Sudipto

      Dirk the meetup page has dated information, and if you go to the actual registration page it doesn't charge you anything. Although we can't do anything for the time, and I do see your point it is spread out over two days....http://www.techshop.w...­

      September 2, 2013

  • Dean L.

    Argh! Missed the previous workshop due to schedule conflict, and now another schedule is gonna cause me to miss this again! :/

    August 31, 2013

  • Edward D.

    Oh no. I went to the workshop in San Francisco and made my Retro Gauge. Now I was looking forward to this hackathon. But I'll be in Japan then. Bad luck on the timing for me. Hope this goes well.

    August 25, 2013

  • Vas B.

    We have built a data platform that integrates diverse data from the auto industry... (Device-realtime, Ecosystem, Proprietary)...for rich applications, analytics, and visualization.

    August 25, 2013

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