AT&T U-verse hosted a virtual hackathon where 50+ developers submitted creative ideas to integrate with the U-verse platform. The 10 developers with the best ideas were chosen to have one month to turn their brainchild into a functioning app. One of the four winners (based on creativity, complexity and commercial viability) was Sports Square by Joe Sumpter of Blue Crystal Web Design.
The Scoop on Sports Square and Blue Crystal Web Design:
- “Sports Squares allows sport enthusiasts to choose a sport to watch with their friends who also have U-Verse. The game squares are defined in 10 by 10 matrix where friends can choose a square containing the number of their choice. When the game ends the winning friends are displayed on the TV, and also sent via push notification to users of the mobile app. As a bonus, the winners will be tracked over time for bragging rights.” -AT&T
- The app is on track to be released in the fall.
- Joe Sumpter has worked previously with Home Depot and NCR. He is the VP of Information Technology at Blue Crystal Web Design and is also working with Paul Johnson on the Block app.
- Blue Crystal Web Design has developed and supports other mobile apps (Coal Fireplace, Bark Dog Bark (lite), Fireplace of Love, Pumpkin Samurai, Basketball Coach Diagram, & Pretty Waterfall. Check them out here on Google, Apple, Blackberry, Nook and Amazon stores.
- They have also won honorable mention with the Extreme Reality Android Challenge and Microsoft Best App of the Month southeast for their Kitty Cat Breakout game.
- Here’s more on the AT&T U-verse Virtual Hackathon Challenge and watch the video below for an inside look.