What Happens in Vegas… to Developers?

What happens when four developers are left to their own devices in Vegas? They win $10K in hackathon prizes. At least that’s what happened to us when we participated in the AT&T Developer Summit & Hackathon at the Palms Casino Resort, January 2-3, 2015.


700 Developers, 24 Hours, 20 Finalists

Simon Guest, Christopher Trudeau, Ryan Ewing and I joined more than 700 developers at the annual AT&T Developer Summit & Hackathon. A hackathon means that for 24 hours straight, coders huddle in teams to build a winning app. At the AT&T Hackathon, only twenty teams were selected to present their concept on stage. ATT Developer Summit Hackathon The AT&T Developer Summit & Hackathon focus was on the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables. Sponsors included Microsoft, Intel, Samsung, Cisco, Ericsson, IBM, HP, and others in the IoT and wearables space. You may recall that we also took part in (and won) another hackathon recently hosted by Ford.

Our team mixed and matched Concur and TripIt APIs with several platforms and devices. The outcome? “GreenGuest,”a working prototype of an app that helps hotels and guests save on water and energy costs.


 

The AT&T M2X Prize Winner: GreenGuest

GreenGuest ATT Hackathon

In the U.S., hotels spend more than $7.5B on energy in one year alone.* GreenGuest turns this into an opportunity for hotels and their guests to save water, electricity and costs.

GreenGuest uses hotel room sensors to capture data on electricity, temperature and water usage and serves this up in a simple mobile app. Energy usage can then be compared to other guests with the same Check-in/Check-out dates (courtesy of a TripIt integration), and converted into a game where the guest with the lowest usage wins back a portion of their hotel bill when they expense with Concur.

A home sensor setup was provided by AT&T Digital Life and sent to AT&T M2X, a new data storage service for IoT. We also had a nifty towel-counting device powered by Wunderbar. Check out Simon’s presentation here.  


Bonus: New Technologies to Test Drive GreenGuest demo ATT Hackathon


We used a bunch of new technologies to build the GreenGuest app. The newly launched AT&T M2X served as our historical data store for the Digital Life sensors. Our code was written in JavaScript and NodeJS, which played well with M2X's NodeJS library – with four lines of code, we were able to send off data to M2X. We also used the new AT&T Flow Designer to retrieve and send water, lighting and energy data from our Digital Life sensors to the cloud, without having to setup or run any servers. And we got to integrate Relayr’s Wunderbar to build in additional sensor capabilities (in our case, the “smart towel sensor”).


What's Next?

This is a hint of what’s possible when you combine Concur and TripIt APIs with IoT devices. If you have a great travel app, learn how to integrate with the Concur Platform and put your solution in front of 27M business travelers worldwide:

*Source: GE Report: What’s Driving Hotel Lighting? Top Trends for 2014

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