Today and tomorrow I’m Gluecon for the mobile hackathon being run during the conference. Tiggzi app builder is already an amazing tool for hackathons but now we are making it even faster to build apps. We just released our first public Plugin for AT&T SMS API. With a few clicks, you can import the plugin that has pre-packaged REST services configured to send SMS messages using AT&T API. There is even a sample page from which you can test the service.
There are two ways to import the plugin. You can add the plugin when a new app is created or import into already existing app.
Adding to a new app
From Apps page, click Start Now
Click App Builder > Go
Click Mobile App > Start Now
Select Blank Mobile App template, click Next
Enter app name and click Add Plugins
Select Communication/AT&T SMS
Click Create Project With Select Plugins
As AT&T API requires authentication, you can optionally enter all the information here:
This information can be found in AT&T app settings. If you don’t enter the information during this step, you can enter it by going to Project > ServiceSettings after the app has been created
That’s it, the app is created with the AT&T SMS plugin:
Adding to an existing app
If you have an existing app, from Projects view click the block icon (to the right of Create New… button)
This past weekend Oleksandr (Sasha) Piskun, chief mobile architect behind Tiggzi and myself attended the AT&T Mobile Hackathon at the AT&T Foundry in Palo Alto. The hackathon was also sponsored by Facebook. A big thank you to Alex Donn, Ben Nelson and other AT&T team members for putting this awesome event together and including us in it.
If you are not familiar with a hackathon format, it goes like this. The event usually starts Friday evening with what’s called “developer dating” or simply networking. After about an hour, event sponsors and tool providers make a 5-10 minute presentation on their API’s and tools. After that the attendees get a few minutes to pitch their app ideas. Once all the presentations are done, it’s time to form teams and start building the apps. Team forming or app building goes until about midnight. The next day the event restarts at about 10am, accompanied by breakfast and the teams start building and hacking. This goes until about 7pm at which point all development stops and teams get about 3 minutes to present their apps. Once everyone presented, the judges get together and decide on the winners.
This was our fourth hackathon after attending hackathons in San Diego and Seattle (sponsored by AT&T) and one in San Francisco sponsored by Microsoft. The Palo Alto one was the biggest hackathon so far. This is probably because it was in the heart of Silicon Valley and sponsored by Facebook.
We arrived at AT&T Foundry around 6pm on Friday, and the place was already pretty busy. AT&T Foundry is a great place for a hackathon, large area, large tables. The entire place was divided into small sections (but still open) which are perfect for teams working together.
Alex Donn started the event around 7:30pm introducing himself, his team, AT&T and all the partners. He always shows this picture which shows all the various tools that attendees can use during the hackathon:
This weekend (May 4-5) we are going to be at the ATT Mobile Hackathon in Palo Alto. Tiggzi Mobile App Builder is an excellent tool for hackathons as it allows to build HTML5 and PhoneGap apps very quickly (and you don’t have to be a super developer). Everyone who attends the hackathon and wants to try Tiggzi will get 2 months Pro plan free. Additional prices will be given to winning teams.
Just in time for the hackathon, we published a tutorial on how to connect to Facebook.
We are going to be at two really awesome events. First is the AT&T Mobile Hackathon in Seattle April 13-14. Tiggzi app builder is really an amazing tool to use during hackathons simply because it allows to build HTML5 and PhoneGap mobile apps super fast, connected to any REST API. Anyone who attends the hackathon in Seattle and wants to use Tiggzi (or just wants to sign up) will get 4 months free Pro account (that’s $200 value).
This past weekend I attended my first mobile hackathon in San Diego sponsored by ATT. On the first day (Friday evening), the event started with 7-minute presentations by ATT, City of San Diego, HTC, and BlakcBerry, and myself. I presented Tiggzi Mobile App Builder and showed how quickly and easy it is to build mobile apps connected to any REST API. Anyone who signed up for a Tiggzi account during the event got 4 months Pro plan free!
Above, Alex Donn, the event organizer is opening the event with a presentation on ATT API and various cloud-based tools.
I spent most of the time helping build a CROWDS app using Google Map API and Parse.com as mobile back-end to store data.
CROWDS – A mobile app that anonymously, and in the background, sends your geolocation to the cloud. A simple GUI that gives you a birds eye map view of the crowds. Zoomable, moveable, simplicity. Don’t go to Disneyland when you can only go on 2 rides for the whole day. Check out CROWDS and “know when to go”. Knowledge is power!
I also helped 3 other teams who used Tiggzi Mobile App Builder. One of the teams that used Tiggzi took 3rd place – Best Overall App. I had an awesome time! Thanks to Alex Donn and Ben Nelson for organizing a wonderful event. Looking forward to more AT&T hackathons. One last thing I must mention is the food at the hackathon – it was excellent.