The Tribeca Film Festival just wrapped up the AT&T-sponsored Tribeca Mobile Hacks event this past weekend.The 24-hour hackathon was held at the Bennett Media Studio in New York City and explored how technology could augment and change the way people tell stories.
The AT&T Developer Program was the backbone of the Tribeca hackathon – from curating the creative and technology options for the event to using its strong ties in the developer community to recruit participants and judges.
The 27 participants were divided into four teams, each with an established filmmaker and a mix of developers, designers and coders. The event drew participants from around the world and with all levels of expertise, including professional storytellers, a Peabody Award-winner and even a producer with the Al Jazeera media network.
Team Echo won Best Overall Application and was invited to present its project at the Tribeca Film Institute Interactive conference the next day. The members of Team Echo are all based in the New York area and include veteran hackers and award-winning Turkish film maker Deniz Tortum. The app they created uses a Pebble smart watch and beacons to notify a user that they are near hidden digital art. The user then can view the hidden art with their mobile device.