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GM "Makers Hustle Harder" Hackathon Kickoff

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  • Tampa Hackerspace

    4931 W Nassau St, Tampa, FL (map)

    27.954205 -82.526886

  • The Hackathon will kick-off on Monday, February 27th from 6p-9pm.  Hacking begins directly after, live virtual support from the NGI-SDK team will be available throughout the week.

    Schedule of Events

    Monday, February 27th - 6pm-9pm
    Kick-off Event

    Tuesday, Feb. 28th - Friday, March 3rd
    • Remote Hacking
    • Live support from the GM team available from 6pm-9pm each day

    Saturday, March 4th - 9am-6pm

    • • Vehicles onsite all day for project testing
    • Hack Day & Presentations at The Tampa Hackerspace
    • 9am - Check-in & Breakfast
    • 10am - Welcome & Hacking
    • 1pm - Lunch
    • 4pm - Final Pitches
    • Celebrations & Libations to follow!

    We're the first stop on GM’s "Makers Hustle Harder" Hackathon tour. Get exclusive access to their Next Generation Infotainment SDK to build and test your very own connected car experience for a chance to win a trip for you and your team to General Motors Headquarters!  Local prizes to be announced.

    This kickoff session will cover the essentials, give you a chance to form teams (unless you already have one), and get you rolling with the SDK. All teams must be finalized during the kick off session.  A representative from each team must be present at the kick off meeting.

    Tampa is one of three cities chosen nationwide for this event. The Grand prize will be a trip to General Motors in Detroit. Prizes (details tba) will be awarded for top local projects.

    Next Generation Infotainment (NGI) is a native HTML5 and Javascript framework that allows developers to use the SDK to build infotainment applications for GM vehicles.

    The Javascript APIs are very powerful, and provide developers with access to real-time data from over 300 signals on the vehicle. This leads to some awesome applications. Check out the video that highlights the Heavy Metal Racing game which shows an app using steering wheel, accelerator and brake position to drive a head-to-head, 2-D retro arcade game.


    • The SDK must be used to develop all projects
    •  Teams of 2-4 participants
    • A representative from each team must be present for the Kick-off on Monday, February 27th
    • All participants must be present for the final hack day and presentations on Saturday, March 4th
    • Teams must register on Devpost to submit their final submissions

    To officially register as a participant in the hackathon, please complete the registration at .

    We're pleased to announce our local sponsors!

    Bradenton Motorsports Park


    The DRI

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  • Tampa H.

    Thanks to Bradenton Motorsports Park and The Ultimate 3D Printing store for providing a special prize of a Wanhao i3+ 3D Printer. Eligibility details for this prize, only available at the Tampa Hackathon and valued at $599, will be provided at the Kickoff event.

    February 14

  • Tampa H.

    Intel is providing each team with an Arduino 101 board to use in their project. As a special prize, teams who chose to use the Arduino 101 and post their projects to the Tampa Hackerspace group on will be eligible to win a 3D Printer!

    February 14

  • Tampa H.

    We are very excited to be adding and intel to our list of local sponsors! Hackster will be helping to fill those welcome bags while Intel is making their Arduino 101 boards available to teams that wish to add a hardware component to their project. The Arduino 101 provides a dual processor system based on the Curie chipset and very solid Wi-Fi support making it a great choice for connectivity to the GM Infotainment System.

    Since we have great hardware integration available during the hackathon, Tampa Hackerspace will also be opening up the Hackable Bits stash to teams!

    1 · February 1

  • Tampa H.

    Please welcome our newest event sponsor, Bradenton Motorsports Park located at 21000 SR. 64 Bradenton, FL 34212!

    January 31

  • Tampa H.

    We've updated the overall schedule for the hackathon. GM will be providing live support throughout the week for teams so that you can take full advantage of testing time on Saturday.

    To be eligible for prizes and team placement, please be sure to complete the official registration at

    January 23

  • Bill S.

    Just in.. The official event name is "Makers Hustle Harder." Grand prize will be a trip to Detroit to visit the GM mothership.

    1 · January 13

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