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AllSeen Alliance Mini-HackFest Recap

This past weekend, we held our first Mini-HackFest at Local Motors. It united 50 developers of the open source community to learn more about the AllSeen Alliance’s AllJoyn open source project, collaborate with one another on cool tech and, most importantly, have some fun! It was exciting to see both novice and advanced developers, including students from Seton Catholic High School’s 1212 Robotics Team, join us to work on some really creative projects using AllJoyn.

One of the best things about open source communities like the AllSeen Alliance is that they provide a forum for collaboration and problem-solving regardless of skill set, company affiliation or industry. The Aug. 23 Mini-HackFest was a great example of how technology can move forward faster when people are brought together to share their knowledge, innovate and enable change. For the AllJoyn open source project to become the common language for the Internet of Everything and to create a world of true connectivity, we need to work together. We’re really excited to see this happening within the Alliance.

For those who weren’t able to make it, here’s a look at some of the highlights from this weekend:  

Linking Node Red Twitter APIs, Octoblu’s Node Blue and AllJoyn-enabled LIFX light bulbs to produce a rainbow effect color show when typing #lightshow

1212 Robotics Team showcased three robots using Arduino Yun boards with AllJoyn to compete in a game against one another.

Locking a car door with a pebble and having an AllJoyn notification sent to the TV to provide the state of the car such as “unlocked the car” or “headlights on”.  

Using an AllJoyn-enabled LG TV to control the speed and the amount of characters that could be displayed in the Closed Caption of a TV episode.  

A sign of a successful HackFest is when people are having fun, and I’m confident there was no shortage of that at Saturday’s event. Big thanks to AllSeen members AT&T Digital Life, Local Motors, Octoblu and Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc. for making this event possible.

For those interested in more AllJoyn and IoT innovation, join us at the AT&T Code for Car & Home Hackathon at Super Mobility Week September 6-7 in Las Vegas. Hope to see you there!

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