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!
Here’s to a bright New Year to all!