Signal conference and HackPack


Twilio held their Signal conference this week at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Each attendee got a HackPack, a Cocoon Slim Backpack with an LED matrix and littleBits. I’ve seen littleBits before, and have been interested in how they make tinkering very easy and basic.


Augmented World Expo Hackathon and Tour Guide


The Augmented World Expo hosted a two day Memorial Day weekend hackathon at the Santa Clara Convention Center yesterday and today. With a couple of wearable Smart Glasses companies that included Epson, Optinvent, and Oculus, and SDKs from companies that helped with gesture recognition, there were plenty of toys to play with.

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Code for India interview with Google's Amit Singhal


At the beginning of the Code for India hackathon last weekend, Karl Mehta, Founder of Code for India, interviewed Amit Singhal. Singhal is Senior Vice President of Google overseeing Google Search. He has worked in search for over twenty years and has been an academic researcher. At Google he leads the effort to build a more natural search system that understands exactly what you mean and gives you exactly what you need. Prior to him joining Google in 2000, he was a senior member of the technical staff at AT&T Labs. Singhal received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science from IIT Roorkee in 1989, an M.S. degree from University of Minnesota Duluth in 1991, and a Ph. D from Cornell University in 1996.

Code for India Hackathon and Village Alert


Last weekend I participated in the Code for India hackathon at Google here in Mountain View. With 19 challenges from organizations around the world, and hackers participating at a Google office in Bangalore, India, the dual-location hackathon was sure to have an impact felt around the world.


NestGSV Wearables Hackathon and Speak Easy


This weekend, NestGSV, AT&T, Vuzix, and a few other companies hosted a wearables hackathon in Redwood City. Having checked out the sponsors ahead of time, I became very interested with the Vuzix Smart Glasses. It was going to be the centerpiece of my hack.

In fact, this was nearly the perfect platform to build my hack on.


Connected Vehicle Hackathon and Hertz Easy Return


Hertz came back to the Bay Area this past weekend for another connected car hackathon this year. With an assortment of prizes, along with other sponsors including AT&T, Mojio, and Gracenote, there was plenty of stuff for developers to play with.


AT&T Mobile App Hackathon and Group Poster


AT&T was back at NestGSV in Redwood City hosting another hackathon this weekend. This hackathon was centered around mobile apps and wearables. Sponsors present were Plantronics, Neurosky, and Lob. Dinner on Friday night was Chinese food.


Apps World Hackfest and LikeTv.me


Apps World just wrapped up a two day conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The conference showcased startups to larger companies who develop mobile apps. The conference started with a keynote with Wosniak.


SecondGov at Collective's Hackdance hackathon


This past weekend I was invited to the Collective’s DisruptFilm Summit in Park City, Utah. The Collective hosted the firstever hackathon concurrent with the Sundance Film Festival. When I heard about this opportunity to hack and to visit beautiful Utah in the middle of winter, I couldn’t resist. And it gets even better.