The two-day-long event ended after naming the GoDC.me team the winner for its innovative local app, which would provide DC residents with a real-time look at the closest buses, Metro trains, cabs and bikeshares. The team will collect $2,500 in cash and a trip to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
DC Week and AT&T challenged hackers, who spent two days hunched over computers, to break into teams and build the best application they could using application programming interfaces offered by the Hackathon sponsors, including AT&T, Microsoft, Palantir and Amazon Web Services.
Another top team this past weekend was second-place winner Sous Chef, which created an app that uses vocal recognition to track one's place in recipes. One simply states what step in a recipe one has completed, and Sous Chef will give the next step without the chef needing to touch the screen.
The judges included top local DC techies, including:
- Jen O’Daniel and Dan Mindus—venture capitalists from CIT Gap Funds
- Shana Glickfield—founder of Beekeeper Group
- Mark Blafkin—founder of Innovator’s Network
- Zvi Band—founder of Contactually
- Mike Shafer—Palantir
- Sandro Olivieri—AT&T Foundry
Sponsorship of the hackathon is part of the AT&T Foundry and Developer Program, which provides programmers with the tools they need to get a jump start on testing and optimizing their apps, helping them to build more reliable apps. AT&T's Foundry innovation centers are fast-paced and collaborative environments where AT&T and technology providers team up with developers to deliver the latest applications and services. Developers also can participate virtually through the company's developers' portal, or through hackathons like this one in the DC area.
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