Create an iphone ipad app in a weekend at iOSDevCamp

iOSdevCamp at 9:30am

Its iOSDevCamp time again.  If you do not know what it is, #iOSDevCamp is a weekend event where iOS devs from all over the country ( and some from outside the US ) come to meet up and try to build an iphone / ipad application in a weekend.  This may sound impossible, but after doing this myself the last 2 years, I can attest that you will see some pretty nice apps coming out on Sunday. Whats interesting is that the event is not only just here.  There are satellite events.  Check out the live stream at the end of the post.

The way it works people show up, normally on Friday night, over beers and junk food, meet and great. What is always amazing to me is how people find each other to create teams to build products. Many people come in with idea, but a large number come here just for the experience, and its a great experience. And you do not need to be an iOS dev to participate. There is needs for UI design and back end programming (normally using LAMP). Normally those are the people using PC’s.

On Sunday, everyone gives a demo of what they have created.  The last two times I did this, my team was exhausted by show time and I have to say doing a presentation after staying up 3 days in a row was an experience in itself.

Its not too late to get in on this camp if you get moving right now.  You can come down to San Jose and join a team.  If you want to see what kind of stuff a barcamp type of event can come up with, check into the live stream on Sunday.  You will be impressed.

BTW, if you always wanted to get your hands in a square dongle, come on down.  They are giving those away as well as many other bits of swag.

Sunday 4-6 open to the public.

Free live streaming by Ustream

Prizes

“Just crazy enough it might work”
16GB Verizon 3G iPad 2 (or equivalent dollar amount App Store gift card)
Sponsored by The Association for Competitive Technology (ACT)
Best Crowdsourcing App
$500 Apple Store Gift Card
Sponsored by Mirego
Best New Developer
2 – $250 Apple Store Gift Cards
Sponsored by Millennial Media
Best Shopping App
$500 Cash
Bonus prize of an iPad 2 if you use the Retailigence APIs
Sponsored by Retailigence
Best Use of Betable APIs
Trip to Las Vegas for the winning team up to 4 people, certain limitations apply
Sponsored by Betable
Best Use of Storify APIs
Two iPad 2s
Sponsored by Storify
Best Use of PayPal APIs
Gadget grab bag full of cool stuff
Sponsored by x.commerce & the PayPal X Developer Network
Best Use of eBay APIs
Gadget grab bag full of cool stuff
Sponsored by x.commerce & the eBay Developers Program

Special Categories & Prizes

Best Open Source
Four $250 Apple Store Gift Certificates
Best Developer Tool or Library
iPad 2 32GB Wifi
Most Innovative
iPad 2 32GB Wifi
Coolest
iPad 2 32GB Wifi
Best User Interface
Gadget grab bag full of cool stuff
Best Web App
Gadget grab bag full of cool stuff
Best Satellite App
Gadget grab bag full of cool stuff

In addition to these special categories, there will be a number of other special categories that will be decided by the Hackathon Judges. In past years these have been Best Game, Best Social App, Best Health App, Best Hardware Hack, etc. but final decision will be based on best apps submitted.

Prizes for each of these special categories will a gadget grab bag full of cool stuff, which may include: 12-South Backpack Shelf, 12-South Subwoofer, Apple TV, Apple iPhone 4 32GB Black UNLOCKED, Apple Store Gift Certificates, Apple App Store Gift Certificates, Blue Mikey iPhone/iPad Microphone, Cobra iRadar Detector, E-Merse Dry Waterproof iPhone Case, Griffin Cases, Guide 10 Solar Power Charger, Hasbro Nerf Tag Blaster, iDevices iGrill, iHealth Blood Pressure Dock, iRig Microphone, Lark Sleep Monitor, Logitech Case with Bluetooth Keyboard, Macally Dual AC Charger for iPad, Magellan iPhone Car Kit, R.I.O.T. iPad Stand, RJawbone JamBox Bluetooth Speakers, Schoche iPad Car Chargers, Seagate GoFlex 1.5TB FW800/USB2 HDs, Verbatim Bluetooth Keyboard, Withings Connected Body Scale, XBox 360 Kinect Sensor, etc. Each gadget grab bag is worth $200 to $400.

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