Mojio, an open platform for connecting car, has announced the “Hack Your Ride Apps for Cars” hackathon to run from 16 June through to 3 September this year. The hackathon invites coders to create the next big thing for connected cars using the Mojio developer center in conjunction with AT&T APIs. The hackathon prize – an “app-celerator” package worth $5,000.
Developers can register as teams or as individuals and will need to submit a video that falls into one of four categories: Eco Friendly Driving, Safer Driving, Connected Life and Wildcard for any app that doesn’t quite fit any of the above. The submission deadline is August 10 and the app must be developed for Android or iOS.
The Hack Your Ride Apps for Cars hackathon challenges developers to maximize the market opportunity of developing a connected car app now to establish a leadership position and start generating revenue.
“It’s a green field right now with only dozens as opposed to hundreds of apps having been created for the connected car,” said Jay Giraud, CEO, Mojio. “For developers interested in being the benchmark against which other apps are measured, there is an immense business opportunity today that will pay off exponentially as the connected car space grows.”
During the first round of competition, entries will be scored on originality, ease of use, and their ability to enhance the driving experience. The top two app demos from each category will be recognized as semi-finalists, with each semi-finalist having two weeks to refine and polish their applications in preparation for the final round.
In the final round, the top eight will present their app to the judging panel and the top scoring connected car app from each of the four categories will be named as category winner, with one select overall grand prize hackathon winner.