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Get creative in the development of future TV app concepts

Television is a half a trillion dollar global industry that is on the cusp of change as the Internet collides with traditional linear broadcast television. TV app stores on smart TVs, new boxes such as Roku and Boxee that have open ecosystems, transmedia storytelling from producers that involves multiplatform engagement and much more... The TV Hackfest will be bringing together Designers, Developers, Product Managers, Producers and the next generation of talent together over the duration of two days to get creative and build future TV app concepts with some cool prizes up for grabs.  



Our sponsors, who reinforce the Hackfest kudos of looking to encourage creativity and innovation, and provide amazing prizes for doing so!


Hack Schedule

Day 1 - 5th Feb 2014



08:30 Registration & Welcome refreshments
09:00-10:00 APIs and SDKs get pitched by sponsors.
10:00-10:30 Meet the Mentors & Networking (Creatives and Technologists)
10:30 Hackfest starts!
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
17:00-17:30 Winding Down for Day
19:00-01:00 Networking Party and late night Hack at Networking Parties

Day 2 - 6th Feb 2014



08:30 Welcome refreshments
09:00 2nd day of hackfest starts
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-1500 Judges arrive and start to mingle with the hackers
15:00-16:00 Presentations to take place for the judges
16:00-16:30 Hackfest winners announced and award presentation on Droidworld stage

Our Hack Judges

These folk play the vital role of determining who deserves to be crowned a Hackfest champ. As experts in their field they will take the time to meet our hack teams, evaluate the concept and review the presentation before deliberating over our deserving winners.

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    Enda McGrath

    Director Developer Relations, LG

    A member of the original webOS team at Palm since 2000 Enda now leads the webOS TV and Enyo Developer Relations team at LG.  Enda brings with him  a wealth of experience in different silos – Smart TV, Mobile Devices, Web Development,  Technical Evangelism,  Developer

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    Merwan Mereby

    VP Interactive Conent and Services Development Panasonic Corporation of North America

    Merwan Mereby is Vice President of Interactive Content and Services Development at Panasonic Corporation of North America. Mr. Mereby has more than twenty years of experience developing and deploying strategies to grow revenue, increase market share and

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    Ching-Wei Chen

    Director, Developer Program - Gracenote

    Ching-Wei;is the Director of the Developer Program at Gracenote, the leading provider of music and video recognition and discovery technologies. He holds several patents in audio processing and music information retrieval, but is now focused on making Gracenote’s APIs and technologies available to the

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Prizes & Briefs

Hackfest sponsors typically offer exciting prizes to encourage hackers to get involved in their projects. Watch this space to see whats up for grabs this time around. Click on a prize to view the brief.

Zeeboxtv  alphonso1500
Awarded to Best use of Zeebox APIs  Awarded to best entry for Alphonso brief
alphonso500dollv2  gracenoteARparrottdrones
First 10 submissions using the Alphonso SDK to the app store  Awarded to best response to Gracenote brief
brightcovetwine brightcovebluebottle
Awarded to the most innovative use of Zencoder API Awarded to most amazing use of of Video.js player
Awarded to best entry for LG brief Awarded to the best entry for the Smart TV Alliance brief

The Facts

When: 5th & 6th February 2014

Where: Moscone Center West, San Francisco

How to get there: http://www.moscone.com/directions/index.shtml

Start time: Kick off at 9am

Dress code: Comfys, daps and anything else you will feel comfortable in.

Visit www.apps-world.net/northamerica for full details & register for free developer pass

Frequently Asked Questions

Still left with any burning questions about the show? hopefully you can find the answer below but if not feel free to drop us an email on info@the-hackfest.com

  • When do we find out the briefs? +

    Sponsors briefs will be made available to all participants approximately one week prior to the start of the hack. We will also introduce registered hackers to each other so groups can start to be formed, if you so wish
  • What should I bring? +

    Laptop or tablet, comfortable clothing and any gadgets or tools that may help your team win!
  • What happens if I don’t like pizza? +

    Whilst we will aim to cater to individuals, dietary requirements it is impossible to meet all requirements. We will endevour to ensure a variety of toppings are provided and there are plenty of crisps to go around. Catering outlets will also be available within the Apps World exhibition for those looking to stretch their legs and mooch around the expo
  • How big are the prizes & will I be able to take home on the plane? +

    Details of all prizes will be posted on the website prior to the start of the hack. If you havent pre-planned any transportation for potential large prizes the hackfest team will assist in arranging suitable delivery to your selected address.
  • What will I be provided with? +

    Power sockets, WIFI, hot & cold refreshments, food, seating, and beanbags for the lean-back hackers! 
  • What is Apps World? +

    The leading multi platform app event with free to attend developer workshops and exhibition. Apps World plays host to over 250 exhibitors and over 8000+ attendees including developers, mobile marketers, mobile operators, device manufacturers, platform owners and industry figureheads. With 12 targeted workshop tracks, speed meetings, one-to-one meetings, parties, and awards the event will be tackling a spectrum of issues across the app ecosystem. Find full details and register for your free pass here – www.apps-world.net/europe
  • What is a hackathon? +

    A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects. Occasionally there is a hardware component as well. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week in length. Some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable software. Hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include the programming language used, the operating system, an application, an API, the subject and the demographic group of the programmers. In other cases, there is no restriction on the type of software being created.
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Our Media Partners

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