If you are interested in mobile development, the Sprint Developer Program is hosting a 24-hour hackathon for mobile developers October 17. The event will take place as part of the CTIA MobleCON at the San Jose Convention Center.
As a participant, you will have chance to compete for prizes in six different areas. The majority of the prizes are still listed as to-be-announced, but the top prize looks like $3,000 in the “Sprint NFC” category. Developers competing in this category will be creating innovative proximity transaction apps based on the Sequent API. Apparently, this is an important technology for Sprint.
In case you are not familiar, Sequent Software is a service that allows consumers to securely download payment card information to their mobile phones. Consumers can then use this information to enable “mobile wallet” or contactless purchases with their smartphones. Sprint partnered with Sequent in June 2012.
The $25 ticket price of the second annual Sprint Hackathon will also get you into the MobileCON conference and exposition, which runs October 16 – 18. You will be able to attend keynotes, thought leadership sessions, and the tradeshow floor for no extra charge. Attendance for the conference is expected to be 8,000 people representing more than 2,000 companies and tickets are normally $365.
Hackathons are a great chance for networking and spawning new ideas. They are also great opportunities for businesses to promote and get feedback on APIs they are considering releasing to market. Interested in going? You can purchase you ticket to the Sprint Hackathon on Eventbrite.