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FordDev Hacks: Growing in 2015 and Beyond

Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Ford Partner Relations


2015 has been a record year for the amount of developers we have been able to interact with through hackathons held all over the world. More than 500 developers joined the FordDev team at events in Brazil, the United States, Israel, China, and Ireland to innovate and compete for prizes.

In February, we held our first hackathon in South America during Campus Party in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The overnight coding event was held right at the Ford stand, allowing the 8000 developer-campers who slept in tents on the grounds all week to come cheer on the participants (and help keep them awake in the wee hours of the morning). The winner of the contest received a brand new Ford Ka for their entry, Bom  Motorista (Good Driver).

Europe and the Middle East developers also got their first opportunity to join in a local FordDev hackathon as we held events in Tel Aviv, Israel and Dublin, Ireland.

Over 100 developers showed up in Tel Aviv to compete for cash and prizes, including a Ford Fiesta and $15,000 in services from WeiserMazars. Developers not only competed with their coding skills, but were also invited to test their vocal range with a rousing karaoke challenge at 2AM. Nothing like music to get the creative juices flowing!

At the beginning of November the FordDev team showed up in Dublin for Web Summit. We also brought along €100,000 in cash and prizes to hand out-our richest hackathon to date! Not only did Liz roll out the karaoke challenge to keep the room rocking overnight, but the hackers were treated to a special appearance by Executive Chairman Bill Ford who spoke to the group. Mr. Ford thanked the participants for helping Ford keep our promise to innovate for our owners and encouraged them to think about mobility as a whole-not just in the car. He also stopped to speak with a few developers and to take a look at what they were creating with the AppLink APIs.

Thanks to all of the FordDev community who came out to hack with us this year. 2016 is going to be an even bigger year for events where you will get a chance to interact with the AppLink team, win prizes, and compete to get your app in to Ford vehicle.

Watch for a list of events to come soon after the New Year. We will be bringing a hackathon somewhere near you, and we want you to come innovate with us!

Check out the FordDev YouTube channel to see other hack events.

Here’s to a bright New Year to all!

 FordDev Team

AppLink Reaches out Globally

Posted on Saturday, February 02, 2013 by cking

Please choose a language: 1) English, 2) Chinese, 3) Java, or 4) Objective-C

The AppLink Team here at Ford Motor Company wasn’t kidding when we said we were going global with AppLink. Last week, three of us hopped on a 14 hour flight from Detroit to Beijing so we could meet our Ford AppLink Team counterparts in China and hack with some developers at Baidu, which is a major web-search provider in China, much like Google in the US.

We arrived a few days before the 24-hour Hackathon to meet with Baidu developers and start helping them with their hack ideas. Luckily, most of them spoke English fairly well, but when all else failed, the code did all the talking! We also met a few of our own Ford co-workers for the first time; hackathons not only breed innovation, but also bring people together.

The Hackathon was kicked off bright and early at 9am. As the top prize was a trip to next month’s Mobile World Congress, everyone worked feverishly over the next 24 hours, with some squeaking in only a few hours of sleep. The constant supply of food and drinks helped keep everyone energized and hacking. There were definitely some interesting chip flavors, though: Italian red meat flavored potato chips, anyone?

By 9am the next morning, 26 hack projects were submitted for the judging round. Some projects included a location-based reminder app, a music player based on your mood, and even a demo using Baidu’s new facial recognition APIs to detect drowsiness while driving. It was especially fascinating and very exciting to hear Chinese spoken out of the speakers of the TDKs that we shipped from the US.

My favorite part? Blasting ‘Gangnam Style’ in the big auditorium and making everyone get up and dance at some early hour of the morning. It concluded with a huge round of applause from the developers. We, in turn, would like to applaud Baidu for hosting and letting us hack together to create some great AppLink apps.

-Liz

Ford AppLink Team

请选择语言:1) 英语,2) 中文,3) Java,或4) Objective-C语言

我们AppLink要走向全球,福特汽车公司的AppLink团队说这话是认真的。上周,我们一行三人坐了14小时的飞机从底特律前往北京,见到福特AppLink团队远在中国的同行,以及一些百度的开发人员。百度是中国主要的网络搜索服务提供商,类似美国的谷歌。

我们在24小时Hackathon编程马拉松赛开始前的几天抵达,见到了百度的开发人员,开始帮他们设计创意。很幸运,他们大多数人的英语说得不错,当其他尝试都宣告失败,代码帮了我们大忙!我们还第一次见到了福特的同事;Hackathon编程马拉松赛不仅鼓励创新,而且让大家团结起来。

Hackathon编程马拉松赛在早上9点准时开始。大奖是下个月举行的世界移动通信大会之旅,为此每个人在接下来的24个小时都拼了,有的人只睡几个小时。不间断的食物和饮料供应使每个人保持精力充沛的竞技状态。颇有一些有趣的薯片风味,比如:意式红肉薯片,谁想吃?

次日早晨9点,26个编程项目被提交评审。内容五花八门,有基于地点的提醒应用程序、基于心情的音乐播放器、甚至还有一个试用软件利用百度最新的人脸识别应用程序界面侦测驾驶时的困倦情况。看到中国人用的TDK话筒是从我们美国运来的,真的让我们很开心。

要说我最爱的部分,当然是“江南Style”,早上音乐在大厅响起,让所有人起来跳舞。最后传来开发人员的一片掌声雷动。反过来,我们也感谢主办方百度,让我们有机会一起集思广益,创造出一些伟大的AppLink应用程序。

-Liz

福特AppLink团队


福特近日联合全球最大的中文搜索引擎百度,发起“车载云疯狂Hackathon”编程马拉松活动,共同挖掘车载联网应用的市场潜能。福特在北美已经举办或参与多次Hackathon,但在中国,这还是第一次。我作为福特亚太区AppLink的技术支持,有幸参与了这次难忘的活动。

1月26日9点到27日9点是紧锣密鼓的24小时Hackathon编程马拉松。75名百度工程师和10位福特工程师,基于百度云、百度LBS平台和福特AppLink平台,自由发挥创意,开发出了26个车载云应用,功能涵盖导航、天气、资讯、视听、分享、娱乐等多个方面。有coding也有欢乐。在Hackathon会场,三餐零食敞开供应,按摩沙发舒缓疲意,DJ热舞即兴上演,极限挑战突破自己。 整个过程充分体现了hackathon的精神 – 极限创新,快速实现,享受快乐!

在活动中,很多百度工程师感叹,没想到作为传统行业的福特公司,居然有如此好的创新氛围和与时俱进的互联网触感。作为福特技术团队的一员,我也深深的被百度工程师的技术素养和创新激情打动。这次Hackathon,只是一个开始,它是AppLink进入中国的开始,是中国的移动应用开发者认识AppLink的开始,是福特把更好的车联网体验带给中国用户的开始。

2013,AppLink,中国,敬请期待。

-贾静雯

福特AppLink团队

Recently, Ford launched On-board Cloud Crazy Hackathon jointly with the word largest Chinese search engine Baidu to tap the market potential of the on-board networking application. In North America, Ford has held or participated in several Hackathon, but in China, this is the first time. As the Ford AppLink technical support to Asia Pacific area, I had the honor to participate in this memorable activity.

The 24-hour Hackathon was held from 9:00 am January 26th to 9:00 am January 27th. 75 Baidu engineers and 10 Ford engineers, based on the Baidu cloud, Baidu LBS platform and the Ford AppLink platform, developed 26 on-board cloud applications with creativity, and the functions covering navigation, weather, information, audio-visual, sharing, entertainment and etc. The whole process fully reflected the Hackathon spirit – extreme innovation, rapid implementation and enjoyment!

During the activity, many Baidu engineers stated that they had not expected that Ford as a company in traditional industry could have such good innovation atmosphere and the up-to-date internet acumen. As a member of Ford technical team, I was also deeply impressed by the technology literacy and innovation passion of Baidu engineers. The Hackathon is just the beginning for AppLink to enter China, the beginning for Chinese mobile application developers to under AppLink, and the beginning of better on-board networking experience for Chinese users by Ford.

2013, AppLink, China, coming soon.

-Jingwen

Ford AppLink Team


 

Welcome. Developer meet Car. Car meet Developer.

Posted on Sunday, January 06, 2013 by Julius Marchwicki

Welcome. ようこそ. Bienvenidos. Bienvenu. Willkommen. 歡迎光臨.

2013 is going to be a great year for developers. As one myself, I’m happy to see the continued growth of various development platforms; new smartphone SDKs, projects like Raspberry Pi, and other initiatives churning out innovation to make things that are very cool, very useful, and hopefully, make some money.

That's why I'm excited that Ford is launching the Ford Developer Program, a global program to bring the coolness of SYNC® AppLink™ to Android and iPhone app developers around the world. @ developer@ford.com, you’ll find the resources to build, integrate, test and deploy your mobile apps with integration in to Ford vehicles. We already have 13 different brands including Pandora, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, NPR News, MLB.com, Roximity and TuneIn Radio that have already used our APIs to create voice activated applications using SYNC AppLink. We’ve also had a number of cool developers like Kaliki, USA Today, Rhapsody, Amazon Cloud Player and Glympse all use this site in beta form to develop their applications. With their help, we’ve consolidated all of our learnings in to resources available on this site to create working, vehicle-controlled and voice-enabled applications in AppLink-equipped vehicles today. And all these apps are developed on the smart phone, no vehicle required (though it is helpful)!

Much like any developer program, we have a lot to offer, but we have a lot of work to do. Currently, we only have hardware emulators available. When you’re ready, you can request one via the site. But we’re really working towards getting you our software emulator. This will let you test your application virtually, so you don’t have to test against hardware until you’re absolutely ready. On the SDK front, we are working hard on the next version to bring you additional functionality and vehicle access. Stay informed by ensuring you have the most updated contact information in your developer profile. We are also interested in hearing about ideas you have for a more awesome development experience. Please drop us a note @ developer@ford.com – and don’t be shy.

I’m excited to take this journey with all of you, and hope you’re in for the ride as well. I love car puns, get used to them.


Julius Marchwicki

Global Product Manager, AppLink

Ford Motor Company

Get In The Car!

Posted on Sunday, January 06, 2013 by Ford Partner Relations

In 2008 Apple flung open the gates of the walled gardens in the mobile content world and changed the landscape forever. Developers responded by flooding through these gates, tearing down the content silos and toppling those walls that had kept them out for so long. The way that this simple, but brilliant act changed the entire world is astounding.

The mobile device is the common denominator that has promoted this global identity change. It is what truly makes an application mobile. My background in the mobile industry spans retail distribution from the days of bag phones (they are a real thing, look them up) to smartphones, as well as the mobile content world from the days of Snake, Sudoku and ringtones, to the likes of MLB, Pandora, and Glympse today.

I have witnessed the transformation from the emergency phone that cost $1.99 per minute to place a call (and ended up in the glove box, often with a dead battery) to the handheld computer that contains ‘my whole life’ for billions of people today. Smartphone users report that their device is never more than 3 feet away at any point during their normal day. For many people around the world, part of that day is spent in a vehicle…commuting, traveling, running errands.

It is for this reason I am personally very excited to welcome you to the Ford Developer Program. The road has been leading to this moment since the launch of SYNC in 2007 and then the addition of AppLink in 2010. I look forward to building the Ford Dev community with you and eagerly anticipate the innovation each of you will bring to areas such as safety, navigation and entertainment.

We have unlocked the doors and dropped the top. So come on…get in the car!

Sincerely,

Scott Burnell

Partner Relations Lead

Ford Dev