Mountain View, Calif. – April 25, 2013… BMW, ChargePoint and DriveNow have teamed for BMW’s Bay Area Sustainability Hackathon focusing on one of the fastest and rapidly growing industry sectors, electric vehicles, EV charging and mobility services. More than 200 developers, entrepreneurs, electric vehicle experts and corporate executives are expected at the weekend event focusing on sustainability issues facing our future as a greener planet. The event takes place at the BMW Group Technology Office USA at 2606 Bayshore Pkwy., Mountain View, CA on Saturday, April 27 through Sunday, April 28, 2013. The Hackathon is hosted by the BMW Group Technology Office USA and sponsored by ChargePoint, Inc. and DriveNow.
Organizers are looking for technical, as well as non-technical people to build apps, mobile apps and hacks to address some of the issues surrounding electric vehicles and EV charging. Participants will hack, eat, compete for prizes across different categories, and most importantly: network with likeminded people to work on new or current projects. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of distinguished judges. Prizes include thousands of dollars in gift cards, service and product prizes being awarded across several categories including:
“Teaming with Charge Point and DriveNow to open our collective technologies to joint third-party development is a great illustration of the holistic approach to innovation with BMW i,” said Dr. Dirk Rossberg, head of the BMW Group Technology Office USA. “We believe that it is about more than just the cars. We’re excited about the technical creativity, talent and ingenuity we’ll assemble at this first-of-its kind event focused on app development hosted right here in our office.”