On December 13th and 14th, I participated in the Tizen Devlab & Hackathon. The event, hosted by BeMyApp, was roughly 24 hours long with about 21 hours of actual coding. It was a blast. I ran into quite a few friends from the SoCal development scene. Everyone one was friendly and there was plenty of food and drink. I spent a good chunk of time helping less experience teams while working on my own app.
In the end my app, Lunch-o-rama, took the $500 runner-up prize. The first place prize went to a couple of students from UCLA with their 3D break-out style game. Besides the $500 dollars, I took home:
- Tizen t-shirt
- Mashery t-shirt
- Tizen developer's device
- PowerTrip - a rechargeable external battery for USB devices
- Tizen for Dummies book
- Leap Motion device (being shipped)
I am now working on finishing my app to get it into the store. I plan to have it finished by the end of the month. If I can get done by the 26th, I will also enter it into the appbackr Tizen Challenge and win another $200.
My next hackathon will be at the AT&T Developer Summit at the Palms Casino Las Vegas, January 4th and 5th. This is a weekend event, so those of us with jobs, don't have to take time off from work. This one is a monster with two separate categories each with $25,000 top prizes. Second and third place will be worth $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. It still isn't too late if you haven't sign up yet, here is the link: https://devsummit.att.com/hackathon