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During the 32 hour innovation accelerator event you'll be challenged to pioneer new and innovative uses of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology. Best of all, any idea you come up with is still owned by you. If deemed the best you'll not only win some amazing prizes but may have the opportunity to sell your winning idea to a real client.
In addition to being amongst the first people to get a hands on opportunity with the latest in NFC technology, you'll have a chance to win several prizes, including the main cash prize of $12,000. It could go towards making your prototype a reality – or a nice holiday after working 32 hours straight!
There will also be mentors on hand throughout the event to help bring your ideas to life and plenty of food and drink to keep you energized.
It's a non-stop event starting Saturday August 17th, through to Sunday August 18th. Registration begins at 9am for a 10am kick off. Coding stops at 5pm on the Sunday and presentation to judges straight away. Winners will be announced at 7:30pm
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Visual Jazz Isobar, together with Samsung are bringing you this exciting event. We're looking for developers and tech enthusiasts who have big ideas, the skill to bring them to life, and who aren't afraid of working through the night.
Teams will be between 2 to 4 people. You can sign up as an individual and be teamed up on the day, or join as a ready-formed group. Spots are limited and the prizes are huge so register now by clicking below (you’ll be asked to leave a bit of info about yourself).
You guys understand emerging technologies better than anyone. We think NFC will have a massive impact across the retail, leisure, entertainment, finance and sporting industries, it's just that they don't know it yet. So we're looking for teams to pioneer new and exciting uses of NFC to bring it into the mainstream.
Visual Jazz Isobar will provide the facilities, power, connectivity, good food, and refreshments. All you'll need is your laptops, power cables and ideas (and any other tools you'll need to create and develop with). We'll provide you with the space, mobile devices, NFC tags, NFC readers and demo codes.
Mentors from design, UX, strategy, creative and tech will be on hand to help you think through your ideas, answer questions and give advice.
Samsung will provide the latest Samsung handsets, including the Galaxy S4. Also provided will be NFC tags of various specification and size, NFC readers (with drivers and libraries) alongside a ‘hello world’ source code kit. Please bring development environments and laptops along for the ride!
Unless you're using something that belongs to someone else, you and your team will own the intellectual property for your idea. We'd like to take a few screenshots of promising projects, and we'll be taping certain parts of the event, but that's just for public relations and marketing communication purposes. Again, you own what you create, simple as that.
Apart from the main cash prize for the winning team, other prizes will be up for grabs! You will have the opportunity to commercialise your idea with any of the sponsors, get to know the smartest people in town and learn heaps of new things.
NFC applications should be focused on improving interactions between brands and consumers. Each team is expected to build a technical proof of concept during the event. Each idea must have a technical implementation. Winners will be based on whether their app fundamentally changes the way businesses operate or the way consumers behave, or both. Using a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best, apps will be judged by the following criteria:
When coding ends at 5pm on Sunday the 18th of August, each team will have 3 minutes to present their work to the audience and our esteemed panel of judges. Stay tuned for the full list!
Sponsors, brands, bloggers, mentors, industry maestros and many more.
Teams are between 2 to 4, register as a team or individual and we'll match you.
If you are the first person in your team to register, when you get to ‘Team’ be sure to Create a Team. If your team has already been set up, select from the dropdown.
Each person in the team will need to register separately.
Teams could be developers, designers, tech enthusiasts, marketers, producers, whoever you need to bring your idea to life. Just remember your proof of concept needs to work to be in the run for the prize!
We are limited to 20 teams, so first in best dressed!
No worries! We realise that 32 hours is a long time, and that some people might have other commitments. We do strongly encourage you to be present for as much time as possible, especially for the presentations and judging. The more you put in, the more you will get out of it, and the prizes are worth a sleepless night! If you can, plan to stay. We'll feed you and keep you entertained we promise.