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Hackathon Challenges Developers with YOUR App Ideas


We teamed up with AT&T to crowdsource the most empowering and helpful app ideas from the people who know autism best: you, the autism community. With the votes counted and 12 winning app ideas selected, we’re now challenging developers to turn those apps into a reality at a Hacking Autism Hackathon during Autism Awareness Month.

The event will take place April 12-13, 2013 in San Francisco. With $20,000 in prizes up for grabs, developers will be challenged to create app ideas submitted and voted on by the community for individuals on the autism spectrum in four categories: verbal, non-verbal, school-aged (K-12) and adult.  Technical senseis will be on hand to help developers create their apps and implement the AT&T mHealth API, while autism senseis will also be available to developers to help guide them as they learn to develop for this community.

The event features an exciting lineup of speakers, including:

·     Alexis Wineman – diagnosed with autism at age 11, Alexis is the reigning Miss Montana and won the America’s Choice Award in this year’s Miss America pageant

·     Jennifer Jones – AT&T VP Diversity Markets

·     Dr. Geeta Nayyar – AT&T Chief Medical Information Officer

·     Andy Shih - Senior Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Autism Speaks

·     Ryan Stafford – AT&T Director of Marketing Communications for Emerging Business Markets and father to a son with autism

·     Laura Shumaker - Nationally recognized autism advocate, author of A Regular Guy: Growing Up with Autism and San Francisco Chronicle autism blogger


To learn more or register to compete, visit

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