Auto giant, Ford, has announced that it will host an app developer conference and hacakathon, alongside the CTIA Super Mobility Week taking place Sept. 8-11 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
The conference will be followed by an overnight hackathon where developers will be provided data generated by Ford vehicles and from the City of Los Angeles to create innovative apps. Fifty eligible developer teams will be invited to compete in the Ford Connected Car-Connected City App Pursuit. In addition to the Ford vehicle data, hackathon participants will have access to the more than 200 data sets recently released by the City of Los Angeles to create their apps.
The competing teams will receive additional on-site support from the Ford Development team and will present their apps to a panel of expert judges on Sept. 11. Ten finalists will then be chosen to compete in the Pursuit finals, displaying their innovations during the Connected Car Expo at the LA Auto Show Nov. 18-20. The grand prize winner will receive a prize package including a feature announcement with Ford on stage at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show.
“Major technology companies host annual developer conferences, but this is the first time an auto manufacturer has hosted such an event,” said John Ellis, Global Technologist and Head of the Developer Program for Ford. “We are extremely excited to partner with the Connected Car Expo, CTIA and the City of Los Angeles, to leverage their combined audiences and data points to create groundbreaking apps.”
“Combining automotive industry experts with creative app developers at CTIA’s Super Mobility Week is one of the best examples of the transformative possibilities of what we mean when we talk about the connected life. With Ford and the LA Auto Show’s leadership, this effort will translate into a better and more technologically advanced driver experience, which ultimately means safer roads, reduced traffic and improved fuel efficiency,” said Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO, CTIA.
Those interested in attending Super Mobility Week can purchase passes here.