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Back From My First Mobile Hackathon

This past weekend I attended my first mobile hackathon in San Diego sponsored by ATT. On the first day (Friday evening), the event started with 7-minute presentations by ATT, City of San Diego, HTC, and BlakcBerry, and myself. I presented Tiggzi Mobile App Builder and showed how quickly and easy it is to build mobile apps connected to any REST API. Anyone who signed up for a Tiggzi account during the event got 4 months Pro plan free!

Above, Alex Donn, the event organizer is opening the event with a presentation on ATT API and various cloud-based tools.

On day second (Saturday), 6-8 teams got together and started building mobile apps using AT&T API, mHealth API, City of San Diego Data, HTC PenUltimate API and many others.

I spent most of the time helping build a CROWDS app using Google Map API and Parse.com as mobile back-end to store data.

CROWDS – A mobile app that anonymously, and in the background, sends your geolocation to the cloud. A simple GUI that gives you a birds eye map view of the crowds. Zoomable, moveable, simplicity. Don’t go to Disneyland when you can only go on 2 rides for the whole day. Check out CROWDS and “know when to go”. Knowledge is power!

I also helped 3 other teams who used Tiggzi Mobile App Builder. One of the teams that used Tiggzi took 3rd place – Best Overall App. I had an awesome time! Thanks to Alex Donn and Ben Nelson for organizing a wonderful event. Looking forward to more AT&T hackathons. One last thing I must mention is the food at the hackathon – it was excellent.

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Max Katz heads Developer Relations for Appery.io, a cloud-based mobile app platform. He loves trying out new and cool REST APIs in mobile apps. Max is the author of two books “Practical RichFaces” (Apress 2008, 2011), DZone MVB (Most Valuable Blogger), and is a frequent speaker at developer conferences. You can find out what Max is up to on his blog: http://maxkatz.org and Twitter: @maxkatz.