Published on November 16th, 2012 | by Joshua S Hill1
BMW, AT&T, & Tendril Hosting EV Hackathon (This Weekend)
BMW is teaming up with AT&T and Tendril to co-sponsor a joint hackathon in New York on November 16 to 18. Their focus will be developing applications where electric vehicles (EVs) meet mobility service, sustainability, and the connected smart home.
The three-day event is part of the seven-city BMW i Born Electric Tour, which celebrates the unveiling of the hybrid-electric Concept BMW i8 and the fully-electric Concept BMW i3.
Registration for the hackathon is now open, where Tendril will be opening APIs of its Tendril Connect platform to developers, allowing participants access to the connectivity, integration and analytics necessary to create applications that will allow consumers to understand the impact of their EVs and better integrate them into the home and grid of the future.
“BMW i is about far more than just the cars. It allows us to present a holistic view around how energy is viewed and used. A hackathon focused on developing new solutions that connect the smart car, the smart home and smart mobile devices is an exciting venture,” said Dr. Dirk Rossberg, head of the BMW Group Technology Office USA.
“By teaming with Tendril and AT&T to open our collective technologies to joint third-party development, we’re ensuring that BMW i Brand vehicles and other products from BMW will seamlessly integrate to the grid and the home, while opening the doors to imaginative new mobile access and control applications. We’re excited about the technical creativity, talent and ingenuity we’ll assemble at this first-of-its kind event focused on app development for electric vehicles, mobile devices and smart homes.”
“Hackathons engage developers and provide a catalyst for rapid technological innovation, thereby fueling the development of solutions for the challenges of today and tomorrow,” said Alex Donn, senior marketing manager, AT&T Developer Program.
“As the adoption of electric vehicles increases, events like the BMW i Born Electric Tour hackathon can help provide the tangible energy-efficient solutions consumers need to manage the increased electrical demands on the home or grid.”
“This event will showcase the future of consumer engagement—providing consumers with real-time energy information through cutting-edge applications at home, on the road or anywhere in between,” said Adrian Tuck, CEO of Tendril. “Together with AT&T and BMW, Tendril is providing world-class developers with the tools they need to build a new marketplace of energy applications and services that will help ease the integration of electric vehicles onto the grid and improve efficiency across all aspects of life. We’re excited to be a part of this world-class event.”