September 3–5  •  Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Where Mobile Links Up

Mobile CodeFest & Hackathon

Calling all Coders!

Tues., Sept. 3

If you're a mobile app developer, the Uplinq Mobile CodeFest & Hackathon are for you. Seeking education? Spend the day attending CodeFest sessions to get tips & tricks from the experts on the latest mobile development tools and technologies. Wanna code? Competition your thing? Participate in the Hackathon too. You can start coding today. Then you'll have plenty of time to pull together your potentially award-winning app for our expert judges on Sept. 3 in San Diego.

Schedule of Events

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Doors open / breakfast / check-in
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Kickoff & Welcome
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Deep Dive into the New Features of the Snapdragon SDK

A deep dive on the APIs for the latest features added to the Snapdragon SDK. We will explore the features in detail, providing Android developers the foundation they need for using the SDK and adding these powerful features to their apps.

Microsoft: Intro to Developing Windows 8 Applications

In this session, we will introduce you to development on Windows8 including simple controls and Implementing Navigation.

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Building an Android AllJoyn App From Scratch

Learn first-hand how easy and fun building an AllJoyn-enabled app Android can be. The session will walk through the process of writing a Java app for Android and will touch on all parts of the AllJoyn SDK.

10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Hackathon Workroom
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Adreno Profiler & SDK Updates

In this session, developers will get an overview on updated features of the Adreno Profiler & SDK, including support for DirectX, OpenCL, Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT.

Microsoft: Making your Windows 8 App Come Alive

In this session we will show you how to incorporate Location, data binding, roaming and the app bar to really make your application come alive.

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM
Overview of AllJoyn Services Framework

AllJoyn now includes a growing list of standard implementations of AllJoyn system services designed to ensure interoperability among apps and devices. This session will provide a comprehensive review of these system services, released as part of the AllJoyn software development framework, which make common tasks much easier to implement. We will cover the services’ API calls and the design approach taken for each service.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Microsoft: Making your Windows 8 App Shine

In this session we will cover Live Tiles, Toast notifications, Contracts, and advertising.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Unity Tips & Tricks

Presented by a team from Unity, this session will cover how to optimize games using Unity and its Snapdragon-optimized features. Content will include demos of games that will highlight these optimizations.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM 
Optimize Your Android App for Low Power Consumption

This session will provide a hands-on overview of Qualcomm's latest Android power optimization tool, designed to help developers reduce the power consumption of their Android apps. We’ll highlight features of the tool and walk through practical examples of how the tool can help find and fix power issues.

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
AllJoyn Debugging Session

A complement to the "Building an Android AllJoyn App from Scratch" session, this is a practical walk-through of the steps developers will want to follow as they debug their AllJoyn-enabled apps.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Qualcomm Vuforia Tools Overview

This session will provide a series of Vuforia tutorials, covering some of the latest tools available with the Vuforia AR platform. This hands-on session will cover new features, the Vuforia engine, Target Manager, device and cloud databases and Vuforia web services. We'll dive into Unity, showing development of rich experiences across platforms.

12:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Deep Dive into Using Context Awareness with Gimbal™

In this deep dive into the Gimbal SDK, developers will get hands-on experience with the latest features of Qualcomm's platform for creating context-aware apps that leverage highly accurate location information. We will explore using Bluetooth beacons, geofences, and much more as you build an app from scratch with help from the Gimbal development team.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Developing Java ME Applications on the IoE Development Platform

This session will provide an overview of how you can get started creating “Internet of Everything” applications using Java ME on the Orion IoE Development Platform.

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
How to Leverage Location to Create the Most Compelling and Power-Efficient Applications

This session will cover recommended best practices for creating compelling and power-efficient Location-based applications. It will also include a detailed overview of the new Location interfaces recently introduced on various HLOSes. Tips will be provided on how to lower power consumption, enable background Location, and get better performance on your applications.

Enhance User Experiences with HTC OpenSense APIs

HTC is dedicated to creating APIs for developers that will enhance the user experience. In this session, HTC developer evangelist David He will provide an overview of HTC's Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and infrared (IR) APIs that developers can access for writing innovative mobile apps when they use the OpenSense SDK.

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Expanded Hackathon / All Attendees
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Hackathon App Presentations and Awards


Uplinq Hackathon 2013—Put Your Best Idea Forward

Start on an app today, refine during the Hackathon, and present your app at CodeFest for big prizes.

We are looking for the most cutting-edge mobile app experiences from the most cutting-edge mobile developers. We've given you some extra time this year to come up with your marvelous applications. Start today and bring your app to CodeFest for judging.  Each app will be judged on the same criteria:

  • real world applicability
  • elegance and simplicity of use
  • the innovative use of Qualcomm and/or Microsoft technology

Expert judges will help us determine the best apps the afternoon of Sept. 3.  This is a great opportunity to get exposure for your creations at a conference known for pushing the envelope of what's possible in mobile.

If you are participating in the Hackathon, please read the official rules, confirm your eligibility and checkout the tips & tricks page to get a list of all eligible technologies and hot tips for getting started. You must be registered to attend Uplinq to be a part of the Hackathon. Residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, North Dakota, and Vermont may not participate.

Below are the categories and some ideas/questions to stir up your creativity.

The Professional Sports Fan Experience — $5,000 cash (plus other goodies)

What will you come up with? An app that gets that hot dog vendor to come to where you're sitting? One that tells you which restrooms are least busy?
Guest Judge: Tery Howard, CTO of Miami Dolphins

Health & Fitness — $5,000 cash (plus other goodies)

Will you develop an app that tracks your habits and recommends the best times for exercise? Or one that gets calories and carbs by taking a picture of your meal? Surprise and delight the judge.
Guest Judge: Johan Otter, Senior Director - Occupational Health & Wellness at Scripps Health

The Connected Home Experience — $5,000 cash (plus other goodies)

Maybe you'll merge your tablet and TV experience and control supplemental content while you watch a show. Maybe you'll write a multi-player game that puts the first-person view on your smartphone and the overall shared scene on your TV. Or maybe you'll come up with something way better.
Guest Judge: Andrew Birt, Co-Founder & Director, LIFX

Education App — $5,000 cash (plus other goodies)

What's your best idea? You could make every tablet a shared chalkboard. Or you could create an app that acts as a virtual study room for all the connected students. What sort of education app would have helped you when you were in school?
Guest Judge: Kelly Morrison, VP of Product Development, Common Sense Media

In addition to the category prizes above, we also have bonus prizes offered by our great partners!

Best Windows 8 App — Win one Windows device for each of your team members

Have interesting ideas for cool add-ons to existing windows phone products or apps? Or have a cool new windows phone app idea itself? Then develop to this category.
Guest Judge:Hattan Shoboski, Microsoft MVP

Best App Developed on the Internet of Everything Development Platform — $1,500 cash prize provided by Etherios

Create a prototype for an Internet of Everything connected device using the IoE Kit by Etherios featuring the Qualcomm QSC6270-Turbo chipset. Control and manage your device quickly and easily with Device Cloud by Etherios. Your creation options are only limited by your imagination. Connect and manage an industrial machine, medical equipment, environmental sensors or renewable energy controls, to name a few. The Internet of Everything Kit (MSRP $499) will be provided free of charge to participants choosing to develop an app with this technology.
Guest Judge: Rob Faludi, Chief Innovator, Digi International

Grand Prize

The best overall app wins $10,000 plus 5 tickets to the San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants game on Wed., Sept. 4. One team member gets to throw the first pitch. Promotion of the app will also be featured on Qualcomm® social media and all members will receive a special winner badge holder.

Hackathon Eligibility

If you are participating in the Hackathon, please read the official rules, confirm your eligibility and check out the tips and tricks page. You must be registered to attend Uplinq to be a part of the Hackathon. Residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, North Dakota, and Vermont may not participate.

Confirm Your Attendance

If you have already registered for Uplinq 2013, please confirm your attendance to the Mobile CodeFest sessions and/or hackathon.

Not yet registered? Register now! Be sure to check the box indicating that you want to attend Mobile CodeFest during step 1 of registration.

Ready to Hack?

Click here to get the list of all eligible technologies and hot tips for getting started.

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