September 11-12, 2017 | San Francisco, CA

1st Annual SDL Developer Hackathon

$5,000 will be awarded to the most innovative connected car application! Compete for a share of cash and other great prizes in the first-ever SDL connected car hackathon.

The next great ideas for connected content will come from our community of SDL developers. If this means you…come show off your innovation at the first ever all-SDL hackathon! Join SDL members and app developers in an overnight hackathon as we celebrate innovation and creativity in the connected car. 

  • Get unprecedented access to the top technology teams from automakers such as Ford and other SDL adopters
  • Gain hands-on experience with in-vehicle hardware already in use around the world, and exciting soon-to-launch connected products
  • Dive in to vehicle generated data such as Fuel Level, Accelerator Position, or Hard Brake Event and show off some new and exciting features you can deliver to drivers and passengers

Come join SDL for food, fun, code, and creativity...what more could you ask for!


10am Monday, Sept 11th
to 8am Tuesday, Sept 12th


One Kearny Club
23 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94108 (map)



Doors open at 10 AM on September 11. Bring your equipment and your ‘A’ game as this competition gets rolling! Opening remarks will be at 11 AM and then we’ll set you loose to code until 6:30 AM on Sept 12th. 

Not quite sure where to begin on your connected app or simply looking for some best practices for integrating in the car? Join the SDL Master Class at 12 PM, right after opening remarks, to get instructions from SDL steering committee members on starting an app, accessing vehicle data, distracted driver regulations and more. 

At 7 AM on Sep 12, you will get to show off your cool connected car app to a panel of industry judges. You don’t need to have a well-polished app store-ready app. 

Winners will be announced during the SDL Developer Conference which immediately follows the hackathon at MWC Americas. Registration for the MWC Americas event is included. 

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Innovation (we’ve seen a lot of apps…how are you going to impress the judges?)

Progress (how much work was put in during the hackathon)

In-vehicle use and integration with HMI and controls

Practicality and usability




$5,000 in CASH!

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Passes to the exclusive annual “iHeartRadio Live” industry party at CES in Las Vegas in January, 2018.  
Performers in recent years have included the Chainsmokers, Jason Derulo and Chris Brown. 


Prize bag filled with awesome goodies.



The overnight hack will kick-off at 10am September 11th and will conclude 8am September 12th. The award ceremony will take place at the SDL Conference at MWC Americas on September 12th (MWC Americas passes will be provided to hack participants).

10AM Doors open! Grab a light breakfast and get settled in
11AM Welcoming Remarks
12PM-2PM Optional Master Classes
1:30PM Yummy sandwiches served
6PM Fajita dinner buffet
7PM Exclusive Rooftop Happy Hour
12AM Midnight snack 🍕

12AM-7AM Hacking
7AM Presentations & Judging
8AM Hack concludes. Everyone makes their way to the SDL Developer Conference at MWC Americas
1PM Hack awards ceremony hosted at the SDL Developer Conference (Moscone West - Theater 2022)

Snacks, coffee, refreshments, and entertainment will be provided throughout the duration of the hack.



Crowning the iconic One Kearny Building in San Francisco’s Union Square, the One Kearny Club blends history with modern design to create a comfortable and classy working environment. Enjoy breathtaking city views from the terrace, stretch your legs with standup working stations, play games in the breakout room, and rest up in the quiet zone.

One Kearny Club
23 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94108 (map)


Reserve your spot now. Seats will sell out.