Join us to hack innovate collaborate create win prizes

Join SDL members and app developers in an overnight hackathon as we celebrate innovation and creativity in the connected car. 

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


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


ACE Hotel Downtown LA 
929 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015 (map)

Why you should attend...

Attract a new global audience by getting "In the Car" with SDL. Join us for exclusive access to car development kit, embedded modem API’s, testing, mentoring, and real business opportunities with the potential to reach millions of drivers around the world.

- Get unprecedented access to the top technology teams from automakers such as Ford, Toyota, 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.

- Collaborate and innovate with top connected car developers.

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We’ve seen a lot of apps…how are you going to impress the judges?

How much work was put in during the hackathon?

How is your in-vehicle use and integration with HMI and controls?

How does your app stack up in practicality and usability?



$5,000 in CASH!

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To be announced!


ACE Hotel Downtown Los Angeles Segovia Hall
929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (map)

Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, walking distance from the Convention Center, the Ace Hotel offers a a chic, classy, and comfortable environment for hacking.

Enjoy natural light and views of the city while hacking; get fresh air and breathtaking city views on the poolside rooftop; stretch your legs with standup working stations; and fill up on world class food catered by Ace.


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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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 Grab a light breakfast and get settled in
11AM Welcoming Remarks
12PM-2PM Optional Master Classes
1:30PM Lunch served
6PM Dinner buffet
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 (Los Angeles Convention Center, Concourse Hall, Level 2, Theater C)

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

Reserve your spot now. Seats will sell out.