Get Hackathon Ready: Learn How to Build a Complete Hybrid App with

Happy New Year!

Get hackathon ready. This video shows how to build a complete HTML5/hybrid mobile app. This video was recorded as part of AT&T Bootstrap Week in preparation for the AT&T Summit 2015 in Las Vegas. The video shows:

  • Building the app UI with visual app builder
  • Integrating with Twilio API to send SMS messages from the app
  • Integrating with backend services to save SMS messages into a cloud database
  • Testing the app
  • Exporting the app for iOS or Android

Over 30 Teams Used to Build Their Apps at TechCrunch Hackathon

Over 30 teams used platform to build their mobile apps during the TechCrunch hackathon this past weekend. That’s the most of any sponsors. Here are some pictures of teams presenting:

View more pictures from day 1 and day 2.

Three of the apps were features on TechCrunch:

Bar Power
Bar Power Is A Nightlife App To Help You Be Less Of A Jerk At Bars

Is An App That Helps Young Ones Tell Stories (And Their Parents, Too)

Kar Nanny
Helps You Track Your Kids And Cheating Spouse Using GM’s App Platform

Tiggzi At The AT&T Mobile Hackathon In Palo Alto Recap

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:

Picture from Seattle hackathon
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Tiggzi at ATT Mobile Hackathon in Palo Alto, May 4-5

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.

See you there.