TADHack 2020

We have 3 hackathon dates planned for TADHack 2020.

TADHack-mini Phoenix with Avaya ENGAGE 2020, 1-2 February 2020

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Prize Pot of $15k to be shared across 3 prize categories. Winners also get access to Avaya ENGAGE and can attend the Avaya Welcome Party immediately after the hackathon (featuring a Big Game) at Chase Field, in downtown Phoenix, about 10 minute walk away from the hackathon.

Avaya ENGAGE, hosted by Avaya and the International Avaya User Group (IAUG), is the premier event for the future of communications. Avaya ENGAGE 2020 brings you four days of workshops, inspirational speakers, and experts. One of their keynote speakers is Earvin “Magic” Johnson, NBA Hall of Famer and Entrepreneur!

The weekend (1-2 Feb 2020) before Avaya ENGAGE is TADHack-mini Phoenix.

Communications is now democratized so anyone can program with it. You can add programmable voice, calling, messages, video, faxing (yep, fax still exists), and so much more through easy to use APIs/SDKs.

TADHack is an event in which people (e.g. students, graphic designers, project managers, product managers, IT Managers, Avaya ENGAGE attendees, computer programmers, interested individuals, remote participants, and subject-matter-experts) collaborate on a software project focused on programmable telecoms. You do not need to be a coder to take part. The most challenging part of TADHack is we ask you to use Avaya’s resources to solve problems that matter to you across your home, work or community life.

For Avaya ENGAGE attendees you get hands-on experience with communication APIs, and much more. You’ll experience first-hand how programmable communications can solve a variety of problems, and network with local developers to witness the power of programmable communications.

For those not attending Avaya ENGAGE you get to build your portfolio of skills in programmable communication that will be in demand for the next decade.

We encourage people who cannot attend TADHack in person in Phoenix to take part remotely. We accept remote entries. It’s a great way to get involved, we live stream the event so you’ll still feel part of the hackathon, and have a chance to win the prize pot.

Winners and runners up from TADHack-mini Phoenix can pitch at Avaya ENGAGE for even greater exposure! We have a session dedicated to the TADHack Winners where the prizes will be given. You also get free entry to Avaya ENGAGE, perhaps you’ll meet Magic Johnson?

TADHack is all about learning, sharing, coding, creating, and most importantly having fun with a diverse group of people. And if that is not enough to entice you, we have free entry and free food.

 

TADHack-mini Orlando, 28 – 29 March Orlando, just before Enterprise Connect 2020

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We’re back in Orlando for TADHack-mini Orlando #4, the weekend before Enterprise Connect 2020! Here you can see what we got up to at TADHack-mini Orlando 2019, as well as 2018, and 2017.

Communications is now democratized so anyone can program with it. You can add programmable voice, calling, text messages (SMS and IM), audio and video messages, video calling, faxing (yep, fax still exists), secure communications and authentication, decentralized communications, mobile payments, and much much more through easy to use APIs/SDKs, and even easier to use GUIs. Programmable Telecoms is everything to do with communications between people and things that can be controlled by software (on your phone/laptop, in the cloud, or in your business).

For 2020 we’re adding a theme, a focus, for the hackathon on intelligent agents / assistants (also known as bots) using conversational interfaces. We have the support of renowned expert Dan Miller, Opus Research. Who will be joining us for the judging on Sunday, and supporting us in the run-up to the event. More coming on this soon.

A TADHack is an event in which people (e.g. students, graphic designers, project managers, product managers, IT Managers, Enterprise Connect attendees, computer programmers, interested individuals, remote participants, and subject-matter-experts) collaborate on a software project focused on programmable telecoms. You do not need to be a coder to take part.

For Enterprise Connect attendees you get hands-on experience with communication APIs, intelligent agents / assistants, UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service), CCaaS (Contact Center as a Service), UC&C (Unified Communications and Collaboration), and much more.

For those not attending EC20 you get to build your portfolio of skills in programmable telecoms that will be in demand for the next decade.

We encourage people who cannot attend TADHack-mini Orlando in person in Orlando to take part remotely.

Winners and runners up from TADHack-mini Orlando can pitch at Enterprise Connect for even greater exposure! We have a session dedicated to the TADHack Winners on Monday, March 30 at 2:00 to 2:45 PM.

TADHack is all about learning, sharing, coding (you can even avoid this with some of the GUIs), creating, and most importantly having fun with a diverse group of people. And if that is not enough to entice you, we have lots of cash prizes, free entrance, and free food.

 

And then big one! TADHack Global, 10/11 Oct <website coming soon>

TADHack2019Day1TADHack is the largest global hackathon focused on programmable communications, thousands of people take part. 2020 will be its 7th year. Here are just a few of the stats:

  • TADHack has run in 45 countries, and multiple cities in some of those countries, that’s 100 cities involved in TADHack.
  • 14,000 registrations.
  • 1200 pitches.
  • $300k in prize money, plus an additional $120k+ in goodies and vouchers.
  • 88 sponsors have made TADHack possible. And 160 partners running locations, including 18 Universities.
  • 800 YouTube videos of pitches, with 3k hours of viewing, some videos have been viewed over 3700 times.
  • 11 companies have been founded by teams involved in TADHack.
  • We know of 89 people we’ve helped get their next job or contact. And 100s more add TADHack to their resume and LinkedIn profile.
  • 21 services have been launched from hacks created at TADHack.
  • People from ages 13 to 85 have taken part!

To quote Barbara Mikulski. “Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change,” by helping everyone involved in TADHack solve problems that matter to them using the latest Internet, IT, and Telecoms technologies.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in TADHack over the past 6 years. We look forward to working with you in its 7th year, 2020.

We’re working on some exciting plans for 2020 to help TADHack reach many more people and have a bigger impact within the communities that run a TADHack. Including:

  • New locations and some returning locations that took a break in 2019 and discovered they missed being involved :)
  • For locations that have school children involved we’re arranging specific recognition awards.
  • More opportunities for the winners to present at TADSummit and other related events.
  • More preparation workshops before TADHack Global.
  • Some locations want challenges, we’ll add them back in for 2020.
  • More post-event activities for winners and those taking part, for example an exclusive messaging channel for help and support in bringing their idea / hack to market. Also voting for people’s choice awards for the hacks.
  • Plus more to be announced in the coming months, its going to be great!

Best wishes for 2020

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