Kim and Khurana were part of the AT&T Mobile App hackathon, a coding competition for prototyping new types of communications services and sponsored by AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent and Microsoft that drew approximately 150 people developers during the weekend.
Hackathons are intended to drive mobile innovation and help turn concepts into code and ideas into apps. During hackathons developers get hands-on advice, and expert help from leading edge technical and market-savvy mentors. These intense events promote rapid iteration on features customers value and include themes for wearables, connected car, M2X, WebRTC and more. Participants compete for prizes, products or cash and, of course, bragging rights.
Exploring new ways of delivering contextual communications services
- Alcatel-Lucent as IP Communications infrastructure and telecom APIs supplier,
- AT&T as VoLTE service provider opening its network to developers,
- Apigee as front-end APIs exposure layer to developers,
- Microsoft to host the apps and provide live operating environment to developers,
- And obviously developers, grouped in 16 teams with a good balance of talent including mobile app developers, back-end developers, visual or UX designer and marketing/idea persons.
- Best Overall App and Crush on app “Location Services” – Porchlight by Location Labs: a location based contextual communications application that leverages the Call Direction APIs to allow users to delegate calls to a device based on location, time on day, and caller identity.
- 1st place – 911 Boomerang: the app makes use of the Call Notification API to notify you if your parents call 911 emergency number. If you can't connect to your parents, based on the context of the last call it will attempt to connect you to the 911’s agent to get more information.
- 2nd place – Call Grandma: a mobile app that uses Call history APIs to analyze call frequency to a designated contact and reminds you to call the contact, your Grandma for example if you haven't talked to her in a while.
- 3rd place – GoPlan.biz: The beginner entrepreneurs need the right tools to plan, develop and follow their business strategies. This app allows them to create a full business plan, analyze borrower’s financial performances and connect to experts to prevent bankrupt.
- Crush on app “IoT” – Neighborhood Safety: the App is designed to support safety of neighborhood through a combination of IOT/ Microsoft Azure APIs and Communications/Alcatel-Lucent Call Management APIs that provides notifications and community involvement in areas of fire, snow, fallen trees, bear sightings, broken pipes, radiation hazards etc.
What developers and AT&T were saying…
The feedback from developers was more than positive. They appreciated the onsite Alcatel-Lucent workshop and tech support “lots of support and mindful mentors that think about what you're doing and get back to you with new thoughts throughout the day” and they consumed food and APIs with delight “The venue was great, the Indian food Friday night rocked and the APIs were awesome!”.