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SDL & FordDev are partnering up for the Music That Moves YOU Challenge at the 2019 Capitol Royale Hack. Join us!

Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2019 by Ford Partner Relations

Make It Driveable in Hollywood and win BIG!

How can today’s technology evolve the music experience in the car from discovering new artists and music, to purchasing concert tickets and merchandise, to immersive lifestyle experiences that deliver just-in-time content, personalized offers, and can connect fans with all aspects of their favorite artists?

  • Grand Prize: $12,000 PLUS 20-hours of remote support for continued integration of the winning app.
  • 2nd Place: $2,000 PLUS up to 5 Pairs of Tickets to a show of the winner’s choosing at the iHeartRadio Theater in LA. Recent performers include Elton John, Bastille, the Chainsmokers, Trisha Ye arwood, Lizzo and Tyga.
  • 3rd Place: $1,000 PLUS 5 iPad Air 2’s and 5 Amazon Echo Dot’s

How can today’s technology evolve the music experience in the car from discovering new artists and music, to purchasing concert tickets and merchandise, to immersive lifestyle experiences that deliver just-in-time content, personalized offers, and can connect fans with all aspects of their favorite artists?

The Music That Moves YOU challenge wants to see how our innovative developer community can take advantage of the unique opportunities’ cars offer. Not just delivering music to listeners in the car...but the actual ability to bring fans to the music!

Music That Moves YOU challenges participants to envision how flash mobs, meetups, pop up merch stores, concert experiences, and curated special events can be created and delivered through the use of APIs from cutting edge companies including Ticketmaster, iHeartMedia and Arrive. These top brands will provide participants unprecedented access to their APIs and the project which weaves the most innovative experience together with Connected Travel and SDL APIs will win the grand prize of $12,000!

WHEN
November 16-17, 2019
(Overnight Hack)

WHERE

The Everly Hollywood
1800 Argyle Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

More info and registration here at Capitol Royale 2019

Music that Moves YOU Challenge Partners:

  • Vehicle APIs: SDL
  • Voice commerce: Connected Travel
  • Parking: Arrive
  • Radio: iHeartMedia
  • Ticketing: Ticketmaster

Judging

Participants will have the opportunity to present your project to connected car decision makers based who will judge your project on the following criteria:

INNOVATION

We’ve seen a lot of music apps…how are you going to impress the judges?

INTEGRATION

How well did you weave a fine tapestry of features with the available partner APIs?

PROGRESS

How much work was made during the hackathon?

TOOLING

What is your in-vehicle experience, HMI integration, and use of additional resources?

FEASIBILITY

How does your app stack up in practicality and usability?

It’s a wrap on the MakeItDriveable Challenge 2019 Lisbon

Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by Ford Partner Relations

We just wrapped up another successful MakeItDriveable Challenge.

 

The one-and-a-half day event saw a pre-selected group of companies pitch a cross-section of Ford groups including Commercial Vehicle Services, Ford Pass, Ford Credit Europe, Connected Vehicle Platform Team, Partnerships and the Ford Developer Program. It was the first time key stakeholder groups from across Ford were represented on-site. A key part of the challenge this year was that all challenge participants were pre-assigned Ford mentors which ensured that they had ample time to engage and gain feedback.

In addition to Ford, representatives from VCs, Global Media Companies, and Telcos also attended—and provided 1:1 mentoring sessions with the start-ups, to boot.

Now if you remember, we had previously announced we were looking to meet with development teams who had ideas for an iOS or Android application, or for the Connected Car in general.

We were going to listen to pitches and choose 3 winners of an all-expenses-paid trip to attend Ford Demo Days in Dearborn, Palo Alto, or London—and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend Mobile World Congress 2020 in Barcelona.

Well… either we got carried away with ourselves, or the talent pool was just too deep—because instead of three winners, we chose four—and we’re proud to announce this year’s winners of the MakeItDriveable Challenge are:

TuneFork

  • Country of origin: Israel
  • Category: Driver Health
  • Description: Personally equalized audio tailored to the driver after a short hearing test

Space Time Layers

  • Country of origin: Netherlands
  • Category: Navigation/Travel
  • Description: New layers for the in-car map, created by organizations, municipalities, and so on to show roadwork, etc.

Road.Travel

  • Country of origin: UK
  • Category: Navigation/Travel
  • Description: Trip-planning, booking and recommendations

CardioID

  • Country of Origin: Portugal
  • Category: Driver Health
  • Description: Driver health monitor built into car (e.g. heart monitor in steering wheel cover)

Congratulations to the winning teams!

Winners were chosen based on feedback from their Ford mentor, on-site focus group feedback from real customers and a 4-minute pitch at the end of the second day. Ultimately, winners were chosen for their uniqueness and their potential to work with Ford.

All in all, we were quite pleased with the results, and happy that our 5th year at MID was such a success. We host MakeItDriveable Challenges because they help us get closer to today’s hottest start-ups and ensure we continue to bring innovative in-car ideas to our customers.

Congratulations to the winners and to everyone else involved. And we’re looking forward to seeing you in Stockholm next year.

Please visit makeitdriveable.com for further information.