Hackathon Details – Developers Please Read

Wearables + Things 2014 Hackathon

The Wearables and Things hackathon is shaping up to be a memorable event for all involved. Here’s a quick rundown on the agenda, rules, sponsors and prizes. Seating is FREE but limited so please register ASAP if you’re interested.


1101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22209 (map)


9AM – Doors open

930AM – Sponsor Demos

10:30AM – Code Start

12:00PM – Lunch

6:00PM – Code Stop

6:30-7PM – Demos & Awards

Rules: (we’ve updated our rules!)

Unlike our mobile app hackathons where we require all coding to happen on site, we encourage hackers to bring existing hardware projects to work on. And if you’re a first timer, we’ll work to make sure we get you up and running on some cool hardware. The IP you develop is yours to keep, we don’t get involved. All team members must be on site working together, no remote participants.


Sponsors are responsible for their own judging and will make their own awards. Sponsors will have their decisions completed by 6:30pm and we’ll ask the winning teams to provide a short description / demo.


We won’t be doing demos of all projects as it would be too time intensive at then end of a long day. The winning teams from each sponsor will have an opportunity to share their creations with the group – which may or may not include a live demo.


We highly encourage people to work in teams but understand there are those that wish to work solo. Either is fine with us. If you don’t have a team, we’ll help place you on one for the day. All teams must figure out a way to share prizes.

Sponsors, resources and prizes:


Sony is bringing SmartEyeglass, a binocular, transparent lens-eyewear, offering true in-view AR experience. Interested developers can bring their own code or app and use sample code included in the SmartEyeglass SDK (Developer Preview) to create apps for SmartEyeglass.

All interested developers in working on this special pre-released product will have an opportunity to sign the NDA in advance of the event, which takes place in the Black Box Theater at Artisphere, a fitting name for under cover projects. Please state your interest in the registration questionnaire.

Resources: The Sony SDK

Prizes: Sony gear for the top three hacks


Pebble is bringing a whole punch of Pebble watches to code on. Bring your creative spirit and show the Pebble community the art of the possible.

Developer resources:

Prizes: Pebble watches for hacks they love

Our resident BAAS provider is who’s done an awesome job of building a platform to help developers build and manage products and applications across the IoT spectrum. All developers are encouraged to use as part of their solution.

Developer resources:

Prizes: Awesome prizes await the top apps using



Mashery, an Intel company is bringing Galileo boards and resident API expert Rex St. John. Developers will have an opportunity to get their hands dirty and create whatever can be dreamed up.


Mashery API Developer site

Galileo site


Sparkfun is definitely bringing the fun. Six Sparkfun Inventors Kits will be provided that also work well with the Intel Galileo boards.

Resources: Sparkfun Inventors Kit wish list – this is what we’ll have on site

Prizes: Build an app using the kits and the parts are yours! (but you have to use them to qualify)


We are pleased to offer free parking for the hackathon. You can secure validation for the free parking at our front desk at any time during your visit.
For events at Artisphere, please use the N. Kent Street garage entrance; look for Artisphere signage when you enter the garage. Please take the elevator to the Main Lobby or “ML” and turn left towards the U.S. Post Office. Artisphere’s entrance will be directly in front of you. Please note that there is also a garage entrance on Wilson Boulevard, but that entrance is closed on weekdays from 3pm – 7pm.
For events held at Artisphere’s Spectrum Theatre — located at 1611 N. Kent Street — please use the parking garage entrance on Arlington Ridge Road after 6 pm. This garage does not require validation. Please note that our Spectrum Theatre garage closes at 11 pm. Please make sure to get your vehicle prior to 11 pm.
Consider trying a Car-Free Diet! Follow the link to learn about how to get around Arlington by Metrobus, Metrorail, ART bus, Capital Bikeshare and carpooling.
Artisphere is two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro (blue/orange lines). Exit the metro and go right on Moore Street, then turn left onto Wilson Boulevard (the next street), and walk straight, crossing Lynn Street, to Artisphere at 1101 Wilson Boulevard.
DC Circulator Bus: The Dupont-Georgetown-Rosslyn line drops off a few blocks away at the corner of N. 19th and N. Moore Streets.

Capital Bikeshare: Located at the corner of Wilson Boulevard and N. Fort Myer Drive, just two blocks away.

From I-66 E

Take exit 72 for US-29/Lee Highway
Take right at North Fort Myer Drive
Turn slight left to stay on Fort Myer Drive
Take the first left onto Wilson Boulevard
After two blocks, Artisphere will be on the left, just before N. Kent Street
From I-395 N
Take exit 10C on the left toward George Washington Memorial Parkway
Take the I-395 S exit toward Richmond
Take exit 8B to merge onto VA-110 N towards I-66 W/Rosslyn
Exit left to Wilson Boulevard/Rosslyn. Artisphere will be on the right, just after N. Kent Street

From I-395 S
Take exit 8B to merge onto VA-110 N toward I-66 W/Rosslyn
Exif left to Wilson Boulevard/Rosslyn. Artisphere will be on the right, just after N. Kent Street
Through DC
We’re just across the Key Bridge from Georgetown
From the east, proceed down M Street, NW, through Georgetown
From the west, proceed down Canal Road toward Georgetown
Turn onto US-29 S/Francis Scott Key Bridge
Cross the Key Bridge into Virginia
Stay straight to go onto Fort Myer Drive
Turn slight left to stay on Fort Myer Drive
Take the first left onto Wilson Boulevard
After two blocks, Artisphere will be on the left, just before N. Kent Street

Artisphere strives to make its performances and facilities accessible to all our patrons. For additional information or if you have questions, need assistance, or an accommodation not mentioned below, please call our main number at 703-875-1100 (voice), or email The hearing impaired can learn about our upcoming programs by phone by dialing 711 (a national relay service) and requesting our calendar number 703-875-1136. To access general information about Artisphere you can request 703-875-1100. The information will be provided by text.

Accessible Entrance and Parking
All accessible entrances to Artisphere’s main building at 1101 Wilson Boulevard are from the parking garage (enter on N. Kent Street). There is handicapped parking on every level of the parking garage. If you are not parking a car, enter through the garage’s ground floor accessible entrance, and follow the directions below.
Enter the building and take the elevator to ML (main lobby). Once in the main lobby, enter the marked handicapped door adjacent to the short staircase.
Take the lift that is to the right as you enter; it will take you up a short distance to the lobby of the Post Office.
After exiting the lift, enter the frosted double doors across the lobby from the lift, which will take you into the lobby of Artisphere.

Posted October 08, 2014 in: News and Updates, Uncategorized by Peter Erickson