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Fw: Mentors needed for "Internet of Things" Hackathons in NYC

From: Noel Hidalgo | B.
Sent on: Thursday, September 19, 2013 5:50 PM
BetaNYC friends,

The Internet of Things hackathon is looking for mentors. If you know of anyone, tune in.

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From: John Vu <[address removed]>
Date: Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Subject: Hackathon Events for young people

Hi Ashley, the NYC "Internet of Things" Hackathon and other regional hackathons (Los Angeles, Denver, Las Vegas) are coming up. We just finished a hackathon in Palo Alto last month and we are trying to get more young people interested in tech. We are also looking for mentors to guide them. I was hoping if you could please forward the below invite through your Code for America network? Thank you. John

Tech Event Invitation! NYC 'Internet of Things' Hackathon for mobile newbies and pros

Making mobile app development possible for everyone is the goal of the upcoming NYC hackathon, “Internet of Things,” sponsored by AT&T and Intel. Part of a whole series of hackathons around mobile gaming and AI, the objective is to educate geeks of all ages, from school kids to professional developers, and take the development of mobile applications mainstream. Why just use it when you can build your own perfect app? We would love you to be part of this event and possibly cover it. Is this something you could use for an article? We’d be happy to set you up with Alex Donn, spokesperson for AT&T’s developer program, to talk with you about their educational mission. Please let me know what it takes to make this a story for you and please see the upcoming announcement below. Thank you for your time and consideration! John for IoTHackathon Series
There is no embargo on this:
New York City ‘Internet of Things’ Hackathon to Build Mobile Apps for Multiple Devices           
Programmers, developers, students and user groups invited to first of regional hackathons, culminating in $20,000 grand prize  competition in Las Vegas during CES®               

New York, NY - September, 2013 - Developer groups, schools and individual participants are invited to participate in the New York City “Internet of Things” hackathon, the second of four regional hackathons sponsored by AT&T to build mobile apps for multiple devices (mobile, desktop, etc.). The New York City hackathon will be held at AlleyNYC (500 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10018), on September 27th, and will focus on gaming and artificial intelligence. Prizes for the best overall app are:      

·         1st place: $1,000 cash

·         2nd place: $500 cash

·         3rd place: $200 cash

Best Gaming App:  
·         1st Place
o    Assistance in completing your game from Sr. Architects at WildTanget
o    Featured status in the AT&T WildTanget Android store

First- and second-place finishers also will receive all-expense-paid trips to the National Accelerator Demo in Las Vegas, Nev., at the start of the International Consumer Electronics Show® from Jan. 3 to 5, 2014, where they will have the opportunity to pitch their hack and compete for the $20,000 grand prize.

The long-term objective of the hackathon is educational. School projects and school teams are invited to take creation – and not just consumption – of the mobile apps mainstream. Judges from AT&T and Intel will give equal weight to each entrant’s ability to articulate what the app does, the originality of the idea, and the technical challenges confronted and overcome.

The “Internet of Things” mobile app hackathons are competitive events and designed for attendees (technical and non-technical) to build mobile apps, enjoy great food, and compete for awesome prizes across various categories. Most importantly, the hackathons introduce coders to the latest cutting-edge tools to help deploy their own apps with website backends fully hosted in the cloud.

Participants are free to code in the language with which they are most comfortable, whether it's Objective C, Java, Javascript, HTML, C #, Dot Net, XNA. Those who might have rusty programming skills will have live support from local senior developers, as well as from AT&T, to help speed coding.

For more on the AT&T Developer program, please visit For more on the “Internet of Things” mobile app hackathons, please visit or sign up at  and follow us at

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