The 107 teams competing at the recent AT&T developer summit in Las Vegas provided a spectacular show of energy and creativity. For two days, teams worked in an intense environment at Rain nightclub to create amazing solutions. During this Hackathon, more than half the teams worked on some form of M2M or IoT solution.

Notable creations include projects like TeethGrind, a pressure-sensor-enabled tooth guard, and PilotAngel, an inactivity detector based on sensors for commercial fleet, train, and aircraft operators designed to ensure safety. Both of these innovations were built using AT&T M2X developer sandbox.

The overall Wearables challenge winner, like last year’s Hackathon winner, was an application built using the AT&T M2M Application Platform, called SafeNecklace.  It allows teachers, parents and chaperones to geo-fence kids so they don’t wander off when in large groups. The winner went home with a $25,000 prize from AT&T. Congratulations go out to Laura, Brad, Maxime, and Marcela!

For the first time, we can point to evidence that mainstream developers are paying serious attention to M2M and IoT solutions and environments. Talented innovators are starting to focus their creative energies in this market. At least one of my 2014 Top predictions is starting to be realized!

If you were at the AT&T Dev Summit, I would love to hear about your experience and general thoughts on M2M and IoT developer tools. Stay connected in 2014!

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