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A first for the auto industry – held in conjunction with the Connected Car Expo at CTIA’s Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas Sept. 8, 2014
LOS ANGELES, CA (July 29, 2014) – Ford Motor Company announced today that it will hold the auto industry’s first app developer conference on September 8th as part of the Connected Car Expo taking place at Super Mobility Week, Sept. 8-11, 2014 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. The conference will be followed by an overnight hackathon where developers will be provided data generated by Ford vehicles and from the City of Los Angeles to create innovative apps. Interested developers can enter their app ideas in the Connected Car-Connected City App Pursuit that kicks off in Las Vegas and ultimately concludes at the Connected Car Expo being held at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov. 18-20, 2014.
Ford is inviting developers interested in creating innovative apps, that enhance or redefine the automobile’s role in an overall connected life, to join the global Ford Dev team for a comprehensive review of the AppLink technology. Attendees will learn how to create in-vehicle feature sets and explore new capabilities presented with the availability of vehicle generated data.
“Major technology companies host annual developer conferences, but this is the first time an auto manufacturer has hosted such an event,” said John Ellis, Global Technologist and Head of Developer Program for Ford. “We are extremely excited to partner with the Connected Car Expo, CTIA and the City of Los Angeles, to leverage their combined audiences and data points to create groundbreaking apps.”
Immediately following the developer conference, all developers are invited to participate in a 12-hour hackathon. Fifty eligible developer teams will be invited to compete in the Ford Connected Car-Connected City App Pursuit. In addition to the Ford vehicle data, hackathon participants will have access to the more than 200 data sets recently released by the City of Los Angeles (data.lacity.org) to create their apps. The city’s Chief Innovation Technology Officer, Peter Marx, will participate in the event to provide unprecedented insight into Los Angeles’ data sets, including examples of lessons learned with data including crime, collisions, airport traffic, mobility metrics, traffic counts and more.
Competing teams will receive additional on-site support from the Ford Dev team throughout the CCE event and will present their apps to a panel of expert judges on Sept. 11. Ten finalists will be invited to compete in the Pursuit finals, displaying their innovations during the Connected Car Expo at the LA Auto Show, Nov. 18-20. The grand prize winner will receive a prize package including a feature announcement with Ford on stage at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show.
“Hosting CCE at both Super Mobility Week and the LA Auto Show provides industry leaders like Ford the opportunity to reach two distinct yet rapidly converging audiences,” said LA Auto Show President, Lisa Kaz.
“Combining the automotive industry experts with creative app developers at CTIA’s Super Mobility Week is one of the best examples of the transformative possibilities of what we mean when we talk about the connected life. With Ford and the L.A. Auto Show’s leadership, this effort will translate into a better and more technologically advanced driver experience, which ultimately means safer roads, reduced traffic and improved fuel efficiency,” said Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO, CTIA.
The Connected Car Expo at Super Mobility Week is presented by the Association of Global Automakers. Global Automakers represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations. They work with industry leaders, legislators and regulators to create public policy that improves vehicle safety, encourages technological innovation and protects our planet.
Those interested in attending Super Mobility Week can purchase passes by visiting: https://ctia.itnint.com/2014/RegOnline/RegLogin.aspx
About the Los Angeles Auto Show and Connected Car Expo
Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show is the first major North American auto show of the season each year. Press Days for the 2014 LA Auto Show® will be held on Nov. 18 – 20. The show will be open to the public Nov. 21 – Nov. 30. The second annual Connected Car Expo (CCE) will unite automotive and technology professionals in an effort to increase development and foster relationship-building in the connected car industry, providing attendees with access to the key players and top media constructing the future of the connected car. CCE will start on Nov. 18, and continue in conjunction with the 2014 LA Auto Show Press Days. The LA Auto Show is endorsed by the Greater L.A. New Car Dealer Association and is operated by ANSA Productions. To receive the latest show news and information, follow LA Auto Show on Twitter at twitter.com/LAAutoShow or via Facebook at facebook.com/LosAngelesAutoShow and sign up for alerts at www.LAAutoShow.com. For more information on CCE please visit http://connectedcarexpo.com/
About CTIA Shows
CTIA Shows bring together all industries advanced by wireless technology for intense business, learning and networking. CTIA2014™ at Super Mobility Week (www.supermobilityweek.com) takes place Sept. 9, 10 and 11, 2014 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Twitter: @ctiashows | Facebook: | LinkedIn: www.ctiashows.com/linkedin
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 186,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.
Global Technology Communications Manager
Ford Motor Company