In a run-up to UPLINQ, Qualcomm's annual developer conference
- the company organized a Hackathon, competition between developers which resulted with rich cash prizes, in excess of $50,000 in total. Every category resulted with a single winner who would win $5,000, while the overall app winner scored $25,000 in typically oversized checks (they also come with their smaller, cashable counterparts).Qualcomm Hackathon Winners - $5,000 checks plus a $25,000 one for the overall winner
This years' Hackathon yielded with quite an impressive mobile applications, such as Breadcrumbs Team, which came with an idea to create "an effort-free, location-based timeline of your day". The fitness application tracks what food you eat, how much you move (car, office, home) and how much exercise you need to achieve the selected goals. Alex Kelly and Andamoy Sen also won $5,000 for the best multi-screen app using AllJoyn, a software framework from Qualcomm's Open Source arm. Hattan Shobokshi won $5,000 for his Windows Phone app. One of most innovative apps was the Car Join, a service which enables all wireless devices to work together inside a vehicle.
The overall winner though, came up with what is an amazing application that can probably change lives. Richard Stoner walked away with $25,000 in prizes for an application that serves as an early autism detector. This application will be pushed through Qualcomm's developer network, through social media channels, VIP seating and other types of promotion. We hope that Richard will get financial resources to create a viable app that can be successfully commercialized for children's healthcare institutions and parents around the globe.
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