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The Sprint Hackathon was a great success at Open Solutions Conference in San Jose. More than 175 developers worked for less than 24 hours to create innovative applications for cash prizes. Sprint, Samsung and Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP) awarded $25,000 in prizes to app developers in several different categories, and to the three finalists for the “Best of Show” award. The “Best of Show” winner received $7,000; with $2,000 and $1,000 going to second and third place respectively.


This year’s winner for “Best of Show” was Peter Ma, and he was recognized on stage with Dan Hesse during his keynote address. Peter created an innovative Facebook app, Facebook Artist, utilizing the Samsung S Pen.  With Facebook Artist, users can take their Facebook photos and turn them into art. Users simply logon to their Facebook account and access their photos. Then, they take the Samsung S Pen and trace over the photo. The photo becomes an original drawing to post back to the users Facebook account.


“Congratulations to Peter and all the winners in the Sprint Hackathon,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president-Product. “It was exciting to see the participating developers create useful and inventive apps through the capabilities that Sprint and our hackathon sponsors offer. The Open Solutions Conference gives participants the opportunity to network with experts in the developer ecosystem.”



Additional winners at the Hackathon:

  • Best of Show – 1st place, Facebook Artist; 2nd place, Aprentica Live; 3rd place, Peoplez
  • Best Samsung S Pen App – Facebook Artist, Present for Michael, Video Chat, S Pen Calligraphy
  • Best NFC App – Ringlock
  • Best HTML5/Hybrid App – Mobile Flipbook Print
  • Best Commerce App – PurchACE
  • Best Use of Mobile Advertising – NFC Scavenger Hunt
  • Best Use of the Jibe Mobile SDK – Aprentica Live
  • Best Use of Crittercism – Facebook Artist
  • Best Use of Mashery APIs – Recipes for You
  • Best Use of Facebook in a Mobile App – Facebook Artist
  • Best Use of the Walgreens QuickPrints SDK – Mobile Flipbook Print
  • Best Evernote Integration – Facebook Artist
  • Best Use of the Sprint Network APIs –, Order Made Easy



Best of Show Winner Peter Ma receives his check from Sprint CEO Dan Hesse


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Sample drawing from Facebook Artist


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Developers creating at the Hackathon



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