Published: August 5, 2014 | United States
Ford will hold the auto industry’s first app developer conference on September 8, 2014 as part of the Connected Car Expo taking place at Super Mobility Week, Sept. 8-11, 2014. The conference will be followed by an overnight hackathon where developers will be provided data generated by Ford vehicles and from the City of Los Angeles to create innovative apps. The Sync AppLink platform integrates apps running on a phone with car controls such as voice command and hard buttons on the dashboard. Currently, Sync AppLink supports over 30 apps, from NPR to Rhapsody to the Wall Street Journal.
Interested developers can enter their app ideas in the Connected Car-Connected City App Pursuit that kicks off in Las Vegas and ultimately concludes at the Connected Car Expo being held at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov. 18-20, 2014.
Ford Developer Conference – Sept. 8
Hackathon – Sept. 8 & 9
Connected Car-Connected City App Pursuit – Sept. 9-11
Pursuit Presentations – Sept. 11
Finalists exhibit and winner announced during CCE at the LA Auto Show – Nov. 18-20
Ford is inviting developers interested in creating innovative apps, that enhance or redefine the automobile’s role in an overall connected life, to join the global Ford Dev team for a comprehensive review of the AppLink technology. Attendees will learn how to create in-vehicle feature sets and explore new capabilities presented with the availability of vehicle generated data.
Immediately following the developer conference, all developers are invited to participate in a 12-hour hackathon. Fifty eligible developer teams will be invited to compete in the Ford Connected Car-Connected City App Pursuit. In addition to the Ford vehicle data, hackathon participants will have access to the more than 200 data sets recently released by the City of Los Angeles (data.lacity.org) to create their apps. The city’s Chief Innovation Technology Officer, Peter Marx, will participate in the event to provide unprecedented insight into Los Angeles’ data sets, including examples of lessons learned with data including crime, collisions, airport traffic, mobility metrics, traffic counts and more.
Competing teams will receive additional on-site support from the Ford Dev team throughout the CCE event and will present their apps to a panel of expert judges on Sept. 11. Ten finalists will be invited to compete in the Pursuit finals, displaying their innovations during the Connected Car Expo at the LA Auto Show, Nov. 18-20. The grand prize winner will receive a prize package including a feature announcement with Ford on stage at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show.