Aug 22, 201402:25 PMLatest Trends

Fast-tracking apps

Fast-tracking apps

Courtesy of AT&T

Participants in the June 2014 Hackathon at AT&T's Atlanta Foundry.

AT&T is not the only business using its new Midtown Foundry to develop apps that can help make our lives more convenient. By hosting Hackathons, the company is opening up its facility and resources to developers who are looking to fast-track their own apps.

Hackathons at AT&T are 24-hour coding challenges. Participants form teams to brainstorm and develop a mobile app and working prototype that they present to judges – prizes and food are essential ingredients of the events.

The most recent Hackathon in June 2014 focused on home automation and solutions for people with disabilities – and drew more than 100 participants.

Award-winners at that event included a hub that allows for the automation of home devices such as Nest thermostats from a single web page and an app with sonar to detect objects to help people with visual impairments know when they are approaching an object.

Learn more about AT&T’s next Atlanta Hackathon – Public Safety – scheduled for Oct. 17, 2014.

To learn more about the work AT&T’s doing at their Atlanta Foundry, check out this month’s feature story, “Not Your Ma’s Bell.”

Karen Kirkpatrick Kennedy

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