Late last month, ProgrammableWeb reported on the second annual Hackomotive competition presented by Edmunds.com. The annual three-day event brings together automakers, developers, and others in the automotive industry to develop new products that deliver a better car shopping experience. The winners of the 2014 Hackomotive contest have been announced, and Carcode.me, a Seattle company, took the top prize.
Recognizing that the ultimate success of the IBM Watson cognitive computing platform is directly tied to the amount of developer support it attracts, IBM has launched a contest in which it will work with the winner to bring to market mobile consumer and business apps powered by Watson.
The Tizen Association has announced the winners of its Tizen App Challenge, which invited developers to build mobile applications for its upcoming Tizen OS. The results were declared at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this Sunday, and Samsung handed out about $4 million in prize money to the winners.
The second annual Hackomotive competition presented by Edmunds.com is starting today, with participants from many different sectors of the automotive industry attending. Consumers, automakers, developers, technologists, and others in the automotive industry are expected to attend the three-day event being held at the headquarters of Edmunds.com in Santa Monica, California. The goal of Hackomotive is to bring together innovators to develop “the best products and ideas that promote a better car-shopping experience for consumers.”
DeveloperWeek has started in San Francisco, promising to offer a wide range of activities during the week, including two days of packed conference sessions, coding workshops, tech start-up open days, and evening hiring mixers. To kick start the week of events, DeveloperWeek hosted a hackathon at the Rackspace offices in San Francisco’s SoMa district.
Media publishers XO Group hosted Hack Upon a Cause in New York last weekend. ProgrammableWeb spoke with the organizers about how to manage a hackathon aimed at solving real world problems, and checked in with the FullStack Academy winners who learned to code at a bootcamp just four weeks prior to the event.
Google Cloud Developer Challenge 2013, a contest that invited Developers to build applications on the Google Cloud Platform has announced the contest winners after an intense period of evaluation. The contest opened for submission in September and semi-finalists were announced in early December. The semi-finalists were given a month to further develop their applications and a final round of evaluation declared 12 winners, across 6 geographical regions in the world, two winners per region. Applications were required to run on App Engine and utilize Google’s APIs like You Tube, Google + and others in innovative ways.
Energy-conscious hackers, take note. Apps for Energy, the second contest in the year-long American Energy Data Challenge, is happening now—and $100,00 in prize money is up for grabs.
A new API tool that transforms open datasets so they can be accessed by a REST API is capturing the attention of local governments interested in implementing smart cities policies. The DataTank is a data publishing platform that can also be used as a plug-in with the CKAN open data platform. It is created and managed by the Belgium chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation, which operates as a social enterprise startup. ProgrammableWeb spoke with The DataTank’s Technical Lead Jan Vansteenlandt about the new open data/API tool and how it can be used to drive the smart cities agenda.
Nutritionix, a leading provider of food data and nutrition information on restaurants, packaged foods and common foods, plans to launch a public version of its Nutrition Label Transcription API in 2014. Nutritionix currently provides a Nutritionix API which allows programmatic access to a database of more than 300,000 foods, nutrition data and UPC/barcodes. The Nutritionix API was one of the APIs used to create Mappetite, an app that won the “best usage of a 3scale powered API” prize at the Future of Food Hackathon + Forum in November.