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AT&T and Ericsson Announce Social Good Hackathon Winners

21 Teams Competed in the 36-Hour App Development Competition Held in Conjunction with the Social Good Summit

New York, New York, September 24, 2012

Focusing on the power of technology to create change for a better world, AT&T* and Ericsson joined forces to host an AT&T Mobile App Hackathon Sept. 22-23 in coordination with the Social Good Summit. Hackathons bring developers—or “hackers”—together for a marathon rapid development session. Developers form teams to create the best mobile applications while competing against each other for prizes. In the short 36-hour competition, more than 120 attendees created 21 mobile apps that offer solutions to real societal challenges.

“The New York Hackathon is an excellent example of Technology for Good in action, bringing creativity and urgency to create a positive force for change,” said Ericsson VP, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Elaine Weidman-Grunewald. “Since one of our major goals during this year's Social Good Summit is to bring improved access to secondary education for girls, we specifically challenged the developers on that theme. We hope the results will offer new solutions to the education challenge."

Developers presented ideas to address a broad spectrum of needs, working to solve issues locally and globally from substance abuse to disaster response to feeding the hungry. The winning apps brought the best technical execution and sleek user experiences to the issues they addressed:

  • DecisionMakr1st Place Overall – allows Twitter users to give real-time qualitative and quantitative feedback to decision makers at conferences, town halls, and other public events
  • Addic-aid – 2nd Place Overall – helps problem drinkers overcome their condition with an easy meeting finder and a semi-anonymous support network
  • Hope – 3rd Place Overall – allows food donors and charities to more quickly and easily communicate how much and what types of supplies they currently have and need

“Technology and innovation have the power to transform our world and to make it a better place to live—to bring us together as a global community and to create solutions to our most challenging problems,” said AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of Technology and Network Operations John Donovan. “AT&T is committed to empowering developers with resources like our open network, API platform and events like the hackathon at the Social Good Summit so that we can continuously fuel the creation of new ideas that make communities stronger and lives better.”

The AT&T Developer Program, born from the company’s commitment to innovation and third-party development, is the longest running carrier developer program and the one rated best by Evans Data Corporation for the past six years. To encourage even more developer interaction and innovation, AT&T operates three Foundry locations in Palo Alto, Tel Aviv and Plano. The AT&T Foundry is one part of AT&T’s overall innovation strategy that aims to accelerate technology development by collaborating with third party developers, venture capitalists and technology providers – sometimes by taking lead on a project, other times by contributing expertise, connections and resources to help developers bring an idea to reality.

Membership is free to all at http://developer.att.com/.