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Ford Electrified Vehicle Hackathon
Fri 9/6/2013 at 7:00 PM -- Sun 9/8/2013 at 10:00 PM
TechShop Mid-Peninsula

Ford Electrified Vehicle Hackathon

Define the vehicle interfaces of tomorrow!

In a series of workshops at TechShops around the country, Ford has been demonstrating and teaching how to use OpenXC, an open source hardware/software platform, to get access to vehicle data. By installing a small hardware module to read and translate metrics from the car's internal network, a vehicle's data becomes accessible for most Android applications using the OpenXC library. In the workshops we have shown how to set-up and get started developing for OpenXC.

OpenXC has allowed read-only access to vehicle data -- until now.  On September 7-8 at TechShop Menlo Park, Ford will provide access to three plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (Ford CMAX Energi and Ford Fusion Energi) which will be modified to export a much richer signal set, but also support beta APIs allowing you to control select functionality of the car. Participants will code OpenXC apps that will be able to read much more electric vehicle specific data and will be able to control select aspects of the vehicles powertrain.

The hackathon will be held the weekend of September 7-810 AM to 10 PM both days with an introductory session onFriday, September 6 starting at 7 PM. We'll provide you with food, drinks and access to vehicles to test your creations on, all you need to bring is a laptop with your OpenXC development environment set up, and a desire to code some cool apps. At the end of the hackathon we will give out prizes for the best apps, including a week-long loan of a Ford Focus Electric.

This is a unique opportunity for developers to show what could be possible to do with a rich read/write API and will give Ford input on how to extend OpenXC and other interfaces in the future.

What: Ford Electrified Vehicle Hackathon

WhenSeptember 6 @ 7-9 PMSeptember 7-8 @ 10 AM - 10 PM

Where: TechShop Menlo Park

Why: Read *and* write access to Ford electrified vehicles via OpenXC, plus prizes

What to bring: A laptop with the OpenXC development environment. The modified interface specifications will be distributed to the participants ahead of the event. Bring your own laptop and charging cord. 

Register for this event here!

Registration is open the the general public, 16 years and older. Membership to TechShop is not required to attend this workshop. LIMITED ENROLLMENT; 50 seats available! If the class is full, and you would like to be added to a waiting list, please call the TechShop Menlo Park front desk at (800) 640-1975. If there are any cancellations, we will contact you and add you to the roster. If you are still unable to get a seat in the class, you are welcome to come in on the day of the event in case some reservations cannot make it.  This will be first come first serve, so get there early! 

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Please note: This hackathon is focused on software interfaces and all shop rules still apply. This is not a Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class – you may NOT use TechShop's equipment without passing the associated Safety and Basic Use class.