Top 3 Trends From the AT&T Developer Summit Hackathon

Over the weekend, the Whitepages Pro team was at the AT&T Developer Summit. It was an amazing way to start the year working with smart developers, and this year’s hackathon portion of the event surpassed of all my expectations. AT&T made this one of the best developer events out there. Thank you!

Here are the stats at a glance:

  • 1000+ developers
  • 150+ high quality apps built in 24 hours
  • 30+ awesome sponsors (including Whitepages Pro)
  • Tons of APIs and hardware leveraged ($250,000+)
  • $200,000 worth of amazing prizes

This year’s hackathon theme was centered around connected cars, homes, wearables and WebRTC. Naturally, most of the apps were heavily focused on “smart” apps. With that in mind, here are the top 3 trends I saw:

1.      WebRTC – From communication with pets, seamless meetings to hyperlocal tinder—the hackathon showed me how far WebRTC has come. I learned that it is not just browser-to-browser communication anymore. It is browser-mobile communication driving innovation and interesting opportunities.

2.      M2X and Flo – Smart Homes, Smart Hotels, Smart Evacuations, Smart Rentals, Smart Parking, Smart Cars, Smart Self-Monitoring… you get the picture. The general theme here was sensors of all kinds (temperature, accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate) that are engaging in 2-way communication between your mobile phone and your watch to get more of your devices (and even your pets) connected.

3.      ESRI Mapping APIs – There were lots of mapping-related apps for mobile. Whether it was for geo fencing or tracking meeting participants, ESRI’s mapping technology was involved in a high number of apps. I was particularly struck by one built with a contextual decision engine based on weather conditions, the speed of the car, location, etc. After taking all of those factors into account, the app determines the cognitive overload of the driver to decide whether or not to their incoming calls/texts should be blocked for safety reasons. I see this being extremely useful for no texting while driving campaigns and I’m really looking forward to seeing how it shapes up.

Of course, this is a biased list. I’d love to know what you really liked and hear more about what you think is the next BIG thing in tech. For an extended list of last week’s cool new apps, check out my twitter feed from over the weekend. But be warned, it’s a tweet storm out there!

Want to hear more about the Whitepages Pro apps developed at the hackathon? Look out for that in my next post! And in the meantime, ping at kshah [at] whitepages [dot] com with any thoughts on the #ATTHackathon.

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