Ford Developer Conference & Hackathon

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Date:  9/7/2016–9/9/2016
Location:  Sands Expo and Convention Center − Palazzo Level 5 & Booth #5940

Registration Now Open for Third Annual Ford Developer Conference!

The FordDev team is packing even more informative sessions about AppLink, the all-new SYNC 3 system, and open-source SDL delivery of content into vehicles at this year’s event. Plus, developers are invited to participate in the overnight hackathon following the event and compete for prizes such as a lease on a Ford vehicle equipped with SYNC 3 or a trip to Join Ford at CES 2017!

Developer Conference & SDL Summit

September 7 | 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

The FordDev team will present informative sessions on the new capabilities offered by SYNC 3 and AppLink, allowing developers to integrate applications and content seamlessly into Ford vehicles. Learn how the data generated by Ford vehicles can be accessed and translated into features that conveniently connect users to their world outside of the vehicle, while delivering relevant vehicle-specific functionality at any time.

Discussions will include the rollout of SYNC 3 in Europe, Asia, South America and other regions, new RPCs and upcoming AppLink functional enhancements, new developer tools, and best practices for integrating all of these items into your application.

As the creator of SDL, Ford is happy to welcome partners from the SDL project such as Toyota, UIEvolution, and more on stage with us to discuss how developers can interact with multiple OEMs through a single app integration. See enhancements and new tools provided on the SDL developer portal. OEMs interested in how to integrate SDL will benefit from analysis and lessons learned from SDL early adopters.

Relax and mingle with your fellow developers, the FordDev team, and SDL partners over cocktails at the conclusion of the learning sessions.

Kick Start Your App Idea During the All-Night Hackathon

September 7 | 9:00 PM - 9:00 AM | September 8, Developer Conference Room, Palazzo Level 5

All Ford Developer Conference attendees are invited to take part in the 12-hour hackathon that begins at 9p.m. Wednesday evening, right after the cocktail reception. Put the rubber to the road on what you just learned with access to AppLink developer tools such as full iOS and Android SDKs, over two dozen vehicle data message points, TDKs, the new SYNC 3 emulator, partner APIs, and more!

Come hang out with the global FordDev team for hands-on training and support on all aspects of creating an app appropriate for the car. Learn tips and tricks during the master class, see your idea come to life on an AppLink TDK…or maybe even a real vehicle. You supply the innovation and the desire, we’ll keep it fueled all night with snacks and energy drinks.

Make the most of your hack experience by entering your innovative idea in the FordDev Hackathon Contest. Work solo or bring your friends, and you could win a share of over $20,000 in prizes, including a SYNC 3 Ford vehicle,* TDKs, or even an opportunity to join Ford on stage with your app during the 2017 International CES.

Live Support in the Ford Exhibit During CTIA Super Mobility Week

September 8 | 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Ford Exhibit Booth #5940, Sands Expo Center

We’re giving you additional support hours to help you create the coolest AppLink app you can think up using all that data. Sign up during the hack to guarantee time with the FordDev team or just stop by anytime on Thursday to work on a TDK, talk to other developers, or get some development tips and tricks. Check out the new SYNC 3 emulator while you’re there and see how you can test features and interactions just like you were in a vehicle.

Hackathon App Presentations

September 9 | 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM, Ford Exhibit Booth #5940, Sands Expo Center

After nearly two days of innovative hacking, you’re going to want to show off your creativity…and take your shot at some sweet prizes! Each team will get to step on stage and wow the judges with their AppLink concept. Don’t have a well-oiled, finely polished app yet? No problem…we want to see your ideas and your progress. Rome wasn’t built in a day—your FordDev hackathon app doesn’t have to be either. The judges will want to see some glimmers of brilliance and some progress on your idea. That’s not asking much, now, is it?!

*Two-year lease on Ford vehicle

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  • Standard Rate - $99.00

Please note: This event it is NOT included in CTIA Registration Packages, however, the Ford Developer Conference & Hackathon may be added to any pass type.

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2017 Event Information

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