While a “hackathon” may sound like a bad thing, when it’s put to good use, it could end up helping consumers. As the world increasingly relies on wireless and mobile applications to control their homes and cars, the companies that provide these solutions start to look for new ideas, and invite developers to brainstorm. The goal is to raise awareness among developers and see where these new technologies can go.
AT&T (News - Alert), BMW and Tendril today announced that they are co-sponsoring a joint hackathon in New York City from November 16 to 18. The goal is to focus on application development around the intersection of electric vehicles (EVs), mobility services, sustainability and the connected smart home.
The three-day event will be part of the seven-city BMW i Born Electric Tour, which celebrates the unveiling of the hybrid-electric Concept BMW i8 and the fully-electric Concept BMW i3. The world tour and hackathon will also highlight BMW's sustainable and holistic approach to technology and lifestyle.
"BMW is about far more than just the cars. It allows us to present a holistic view around how energy is viewed and used,” said Dr. Dirk Rossberg, head of the BMW Group Technology Office USA, in a statement. “A hackathon focused on developing new solutions that connect the smart car, the smart home and smart mobile devices is an exciting venture... Read More