Intelematics participates in Ford Australia Hackathon

On the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of November, Intelematics' staff participated in Ford Australia’s Hackathon at Two Ton Max in North Melbourne.

The objective of the event was to expose the Australian developer community to Ford’s soon to be released in-vehicle app platform AppLink.

This was a 24 hour event where the majority of participants stayed overnight and hacked the whole way through.

There were 13 different teams involved ranging from professional outfits through to one man bands. Pitches were made at 09:30 on Sunday morning with a strict 5 minute limit and additional time for answering questions.

Intelematics presented a Live Fuel application entitled 'Fuel Finder' and were one of the few companies able to demonstrate rich integration with theFord Applink system.

There was 3 Competition Categories including:

  • Best new app developed during event won by MYOB for an auto invoicing/fleet app for tradies.
  • Best existing app won by Millipede Game studio for Drive Log type application
  • Best concept (no app built or demo'd) won by Car Pool for a car sharing app concept

The event was high profile with the CEO of Ford Australia, Bob Graziano, attending as well as a number of journalists. Also in attendance were people from Spotify, Pandora and Venture Capital firms. Also in attendance were support staff from Ford Asia Pacific and Ford Australia for the duration of the hackathon.

Ford had a number of their vehicles on display and 2 were being demoed – for Park Assist and Active City Stop.

Overall there were around 100 people in attendance over the hackathon period. It was a strongly promoted event which was co-ordinated by the York Butter Factory. Participants at the event were not left needing anything as it was fully catered.

The participants from Intelematics Australia included;

  • Sally Chung
  • Peter Suwara
  • Liz Incigneri
  • David Becher
  • David Henderson