“The standard has been the highest I have seen at any recent hack”. That is how Joann O’Brien –Vice President, Agile Collaboration, TM Forum– summarized the event that she has been leading: the TM Forum Open Hack 2016, in Nice, France. In the most recent edition of this vibrant and prestigious hackathon the bar has been set very high.
The weekend before the TM Forum Live! main event, seven teams –including residents of Nice and international developers– pitched their ideas for making cities smarter and more sustainable. They were competing for direct cash prizes as well as the unique opportunity to showcase their application to a number of city directors and senior executives at the flagship event.
In just 48 hours they had to create their demo. To ease this frantic process, they were provided with a complete suite of tools, including: TM Forum APIs, IBM Bluemix cloud development platform, Ericsson Service Innovation Framework APIs and FIWARE smart city platform: IoT sensors, supplied by IBM; open data from Nice City and also provided by and FIWARE; real-time air pollution monitoring data provided by DeliverChange; location data and API provided by Skyhook; 3D printing for rapid physical prototyping provided by Trimaker. And also, support from API experts, mentors and entrepreneurs, present at the Open Hack.
This meant working on a tight schedule but also within a rich environment and through an open platform: “Open data, open APIs and open platforms are key for enabling open ecosystem and this event shows that in action” –as Joann O’Brien puts it.
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