Pioneer Announces Winners of AppRadio Hackathon at 2012 SEMA Show
On Monday, Pioneer Electronics Inc., announced the winners of its first AppRadio Hackathon held last week during the 2012 Specialty Equipment Manufacturer Association (SEMA) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event occurred over a 69-hour period and had more than 81 registered developers, who competed to develop the best new apps compatible with Pioneer's AppRadio products.
The Hackathon created nine new apps designed to work with AppRadio. Ted Cardenas, VP of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer, stated, "The response to our very first Hackathon has been overwhelming...Overall the event established our goals in exposing the AppRadio platform to developers and generating more excitement for our products..." The competition succeeded in producing new ideas for unique apps for the car.
The competition included three app categories: safe in-vehicle use of Social Networking Services (SNS) through voice recognition and text-to-speech interface; geo-fenced or tagged automative related location based services (LBS); and apps that incorporate a technology, product or service from a 2012 SEMA exhibitor.