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NFC Forum Returns to TrackHack™ as Gold Sponsor for Proximity ID Hackathon

NFC Forum Returns to TrackHack™ as Gold Sponsor for Proximity ID Hackathon

Hackathon focused on RFID, NFC and BLE mash-ups adds the premiere near field communication industry association as an event sponsor

March 3, 2016, Dallas, Texas — TrackHack: The Proximity ID Hackathon, the world’s first and only hackathon focused exclusively on proximity technologies like radio frequency identification (RFID), near field communication (NFC) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), announced today the return of The NFC Forum as a Gold sponsor for its global hackathon series focused on proximity ID technology solutions. The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association whose membership draws from all parts of the NFC ecosystem, works with member organizations to share development, application, and marketing expertise to develop the best possible solutions for advancing the use of Near Field Communication.

Along with partner Flomio, AccelerateNFC created TrackHack: The Proximity ID Hackathon to address the cross-over and interconnection among various proximity technologies used for mobile solutions. These technologies — RFID, NFC, BLE — are the basis of proximity ID solutions and will play a pivotal role in the Internet of Things (IoT).

As mobile becomes even more pervasive, so does the demand for creative mash-ups of these proximity-based technologies. TrackHack is the first ever proximity ID technology event where hackers and developers can access ALL proximity ID tech and do what they do best: create, innovate and disrupt. The hackathon focuses on solutions addressing security, marketing and advertising, social interactions, gaming, mobile payments, as well as track and trace. Participants will compete for cash and prizes and winners will be invited to join the next AccelerateNFC class, a competitive program where selected companies participate in an intensive 12-week mentoring program designed to provide access to resources normally beyond the reach of early stage companies.

NFC_Forum_logo_blue“We are excited to welcome back The NFC Forum as an event sponsor for TrackHack Austin,” said Robert Sabella, co-founder and CEO of AccelerateNFC. “With The NFC Forum’s goals of encouraging the development of products using NFC Forum specifications and educating consumers and enterprises globally about near field communication, we felt this was a perfect partnership to bring to our proximity ID solutions hackathon. Our first event was held in London last November and was a great success, thanks to The NFC Forum. With their sponsorship, we know that the Austin event will also be a memorable event.”

Sabella added, “TrackHack’s goal is to bring new, innovative and creative proximity ID solutions applications to the forefront. That goal aligns directly with The NFC Forum’s focus on enhancing the lives of consumers worldwide and advancing its members’ business objectives.”

Current TrackHack and past sponsors and supporting organizations include: Interact Ventures, NFC Bootcamp, Blue Bite, RFID 24/7, RAIN RFID, HID Global, Smart Insights, University of Texas Dallas, Impinj, Bluetooth World, PLT Labs, SerialIO, Omni ID, and Vanguard ID, with more joining regularly.

The next TrackHack is scheduled for March 11-13, 2016, in Austin. Visit www.trackhack.org for more details.

SOURCE: AccelerateNFC

— ABOUT —

About AccelerateNFC (http://www.acceleratenfc.com/) — AccelerateNFC is a technology-specific, idea incubator/seed accelerator for high potential companies in the Proximity ID space. Accelerate NFC focuses on near field communication (NFC) and other proximity ID technologies like Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). We bring industry expertise, mentors, resources and funding to those companies who are ready to take their ideas and products to the next level. Up to five selected companies will participate in an intensive 12-week mentoring program designed to provide access to resources normally beyond the reach of start-up or early stage companies.

About Flomio (http://www.flomio.com/) — Disney’s Magic Band™ technology revolutionized their theme park business. Companies eager to “Disney-fy” their businesses without their own team of imagineers and billions to invest turn to Flomio, imagineers for the rest of us. Flomio creates proximity ID solutions that help enterprise clients and developers cross the chasm to web 3.0, the Internet of Things (IoT). Funded by TechStars, Flomio is fundamentally changing the way people engage with the spaces around them by making proximity ID simple to integrate, easy to deploy, and fun to use. Soon, 50 billion devices will regularly connect to the internet. Flomio’s platform empowers enterprise customers and developers to create applications that communicate with these devices. The future is ubiquitous connectivity. Flomio makes sure businesses get there first.

About The NFC Forum (http://www.nfc-forum.org/) — The NFC Forum was launched as a non-profit industry association in 2004 by leading mobile communications, semiconductor, and consumer electronics companies. The Forum’s mission is to advance the use of Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market about NFC technology. The Forum’s global member companies are currently developing specifications for a modular NFC device architecture, and protocols for interoperable data exchange and device-independent service delivery, device discovery, and device capability. The NFC Forum’s Sponsor members, which hold seats on the Board of Directors, include leading players in key industries around the world. The Sponsor members are: Apple Inc., Broadcom Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd., Google, Inc., Intel, MasterCard Worldwide, NEC, Nokia, NXP Semiconductors, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Corporation, STMicroelectronics, and Visa Inc.

Proximity ID Hackathon Announces Winners of Premier Event

Proximity ID Hackathon Announces Winners of Premier Event

Hackathon focused on RFID, NFC and BLE mash-ups results in exciting new applications

December 2, 2015, Dallas, Texas — TrackHack: The Proximity ID Hackathon, the world’s first and only hackathon focused exclusively on proximity technologies like radio frequency identification (RFID), near field communication (NFC) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), announced today the winners of its premiere event at London Campus, a Google Space, November 20-22, 2015.

Along with partner Flomio, AccelerateNFC created TrackHack: The Proximity ID Hackathon to address the cross-over and interconnection among various proximity technologies used for mobile solutions. These technologies — RFID, NFC, BLE — are the basis of proximity ID solutions and will play a pivotal role in the Internet of Things (IoT).

The first-ever proximity ID hackathon held in London this past weekend was sponsored and supported by leaders in the proximity technology space, and had more than 60 application developers, hackers and technologists registered to compete for $10,000 in cash and prizes. Eleven teams submitted projects ranging from simplifying managing your contacts to keeping track of luggage while traveling to reducing electronic waste to help save the planet, as well as recording extreme sports, enabling social interaction and education, providing workplace security, and facilitating tourism.

Submitted projects were reviewed and judged by industry and technology experts innately familiar with potential of proximity ID solutions:

  • Mark Robinton, Director of Business Development and Strategic Innovation for HID Global
  • Michael Neurohr, Product Manager of the NFC Reader Library for NXP Semiconductors, responsible for documentation and software packages for the EXPLORE NFC, the first NFC expansion board for Raspberry Pi
  • Laurence Gizzi, technology consultant for NEC Corporation, chairman of the Compliance Program Working Group and NFC Devices Working Group for the NFC Forum
  • Eamonn Carey, entrepreneur in residence at Techstars, and board member at Lingvist, an advisor to Kiip, Brandwatch, Sorry as a Service and many others

The tech used in the award winning applications included NXP, HID, OmniID and UGrokIt. The winning teams are:

Third place, winning $1,500: TOURIST TRAP, an app designed to make NFC tag-enabled tourist attractions more engaging, submitted by Mark Berry.

Second place, winning $3,500: MOMENTS, an app that records you doing extreme sports with as less interaction as possible using NFC and Bluetooth submitted by Mark Brown, Justin Grierson and Tobi Ayilara.

First place, winning $5,000: AIRBAG, an application designed for airports to track, locate and create manifests of cabin luggage submitted by Chris Nicholas and Rich Brantingham.

Flomio’s Richard Grundy (center) congratulates first place winning team Airbag’s Chris Nicholas (r) and Rich Brantingham (l).
Flomio’s Richard Grundy (center) congratulates first place winning team Airbag’s Chris Nicholas (r) and Rich Brantingham (l).

As mobile becomes even more pervasive, so does the demand for creative mash-ups of proximity-based technologies like near field communication, radio frequency identification and Bluetooth. Organizing a successful event where hackers and developers can access ALL proximity ID tech and do what they do best — create, innovate and disrupt — is solely dependent on the commitment of leaders in the industry who sponsor, support and partner to get these technologies in the hands of talented developers. AccelerateNFC and Flomio wish to thank the following organizations for making this event a success: Interact Ventures, NFC Forum, NFC Bootcamp, Blue Bite, RFID 24/7, RAIN RFID, Serialio, U Grok It, HID Global, Omni-ID, Skute, Cellotape, RapidNFC, DangerousThings, Smartrac, and Advanced Card Systems.

The next TrackHack Proximity ID Hackathon is planned for Austin, Texas, March 11-13, 2016. Join in the hack and win cash and prizes. Visit www.trackhack.org for more details and to register for this exciting hackathon.

SOURCE: AccelerateNFC

— ABOUT —

About AccelerateNFC (www.acceleratenfc.com) — AccelerateNFC is a technology-specific, idea incubator/seed accelerator for high potential companies in the Proximity ID space. Accelerate NFC focuses on near field communication (NFC) and other proximity ID technologies like Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). We bring industry expertise, mentors, resources and funding to those companies who are ready to take their ideas and products to the next level. Up to five selected companies will participate in an intensive 12-week mentoring program designed to provide access to resources normally beyond the reach of start-up or early stage companies.

About Flomio (www.flomio.com) — Disney’s Magic Band™ technology revolutionized their theme park business. Companies eager to “Disney-fy” their businesses without their own team of imagineers and billions to invest turn to Flomio, imagineers for the rest of us. Flomio creates proximity ID solutions that help enterprise clients and developers cross the chasm to web 3.0, the Internet of Things (IoT). Funded by TechStars, Flomio is fundamentally changing the way people engage with the spaces around them by making proximity ID simple to integrate, easy to deploy, and fun to use. Soon, 50 billion devices will regularly connect to the internet. Flomio’s platform empowers enterprise customers and developers to create applications that communicate with these devices. The future is ubiquitous connectivity. Flomio makes sure businesses get there first.

Omni-ID Joins TrackHack as Gold Sponsor for Proximity ID Hackathon

Omni-ID Joins TrackHack as Gold Sponsor for Proximity ID Hackathon

Hackathon focused on RFID, NFC and BLE mash-ups adds leader in auto identification solutions to its technology mentors, leading edge hardware availability

November 11, 2015, Dallas, Texas — TrackHack: The Proximity ID Hackathon, the world’s first and only hackathon focused exclusively on proximity technologies like radio frequency identification (RFID), near field communication (NFC) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), announced today the addition of Omni-ID as a Gold sponsor for its new, global hackathon series focused on proximity ID technology solutions.

Along with partner Flomio, AccelerateNFC created TrackHack: The Proximity ID Hackathon to address the cross-over and interconnection among various proximity technologies used for mobile solutions. These technologies — RFID, NFC, BLE — are the basis of proximity ID solutions and will play a pivotal role in the Internet of Things (IoT).

Known for consistently setting industry standards, Omni-ID is the original inventor and patent-holder of the on-metal tag and the e-label solution, ProVIEW. In 2012, the company launched the world’s first visual tagging system – providing not only the ability to track assets; but dynamic, readable instructions right on the tag, completely changing the auto-identification industry landscape. Omni-ID is the leading developer and global supplier of high performance, highly durable, passive, active and visual e-label tags. Omni-ID systems improve workflow, enable asset tracking and management, and drive material flows for Fortune 500 companies around the globe.

As mobile becomes even more pervasive, so does the demand for creative mash-ups of these proximity-based technologies. TrackHack is the first ever proximity ID technology event where hackers and developers can access ALL proximity ID tech and do what they do best: create, innovate and disrupt. The hackathon focuses on solutions addressing security, marketing and advertising, social interactions, gaming, mobile payments, as well as track and trace. Participants will compete for cash and prizes and winners will be invited to join the next AccelerateNFC class, a competitive program where selected companies participate in an intensive 12-week mentoring program designed to provide access to resources normally beyond the reach of early stage companies.

“Omni-ID is a great addition to TrackHack,” said Robert Sabella, co-founder and CEO of AccelerateNFC. “Being able to give developers access to some of the best proximity ID hardware on the market from an organization who has implemented solutions for Fortune 500 companies is a huge win for our hackathon participants.”

According to Ed Nabrotzky, Chief Solutions Officer of Omni-ID, “We’re truly excited to be participating in TrackHack this year and providing developers access to our ProVIEW hardware and software. The event provides an exceptional opportunity for developers and companies alike to showcase just how seamless it can be to implement IoT based products. It’s events such as this that serve to de-mystify adoption of IoT and instead highlight the benefits and simplicity it can provide.”

Current TrackHack sponsors and supporting organizations include: Interact Ventures, NFC Forum, NFC Bootcamp, Blue Bite, RFID 24/7, RAIN RFID, Serialio, U Grok It, HID Global, Omni-ID, Skute, Cellotape, University of Texas Dallas, with more joining regularly.

Registration is now open for TrackHack, November 20-22, 2015, in London at London Campus, a Google Space, and March 11-13, 2016, in Austin. Join in the hack and win cash and prizes. Visit www.trackhack.org for more details and to register for this exciting hackathon.

SOURCE: AccelerateNFC

 

— ABOUT —

About AccelerateNFC (www.acceleratenfc.com) — AccelerateNFC is a technology-specific, idea incubator/seed accelerator for high potential companies in the Proximity ID space. Accelerate NFC focuses on near field communication (NFC) and other proximity ID technologies like Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). We bring industry expertise, mentors, resources and funding to those companies who are ready to take their ideas and products to the next level. Up to five selected companies will participate in an intensive 12-week mentoring program designed to provide access to resources normally beyond the reach of start-up or early stage companies.

About Flomio (www.flomio.com) — Disney’s Magic Band™ proximity ID technology revolutionized their theme park business. Companies eager to “Disney-fy” their businesses without their own team of imagineers and billions to invest turn to Flomio, imagineers for the rest of us. Flomio creates proximity ID solutions that help enterprise clients and developers cross the chasm to Internet 3.0, the Internet of Things (IoT). Founded by industry leader Richard Grundy and funded by TechStars, Flomio is fundamentally changing the way people engage with the spaces around them by making the physical digital. Soon, 50 billion devices will regularly connect to the internet. Flomio’s platform empowers enterprise customers and developers to create applications that communicate with these devices. The future is ubiquitous connectivity. The future is Flomio.

About Omni-ID Based in Rochester, NY, Omni-ID has developed original, patented technologies for on-metal and visual tagging to enable a broad range of applications to improve asset tracking, supply chain management and work-in-process. Omni-ID is the leading supplier of RFID tags and visual tagging systems for Manufacturing & Logistics, Energy, IT Assets and Tool Tracking. Omni-ID’s versatile family of products provides a complete range of tags and auto-ID solutions for tracking and identification challenges, with unprecedented accuracy, in any environment. For more information, visit www.omni-id.com.

Serialio.com Joins TrackHack as Silver Sponsor for Proximity ID Hackathon

Serialio.com Joins TrackHack as Silver Sponsor for Proximity ID Hackathon

Hackathon focused on RFID, NFC and BLE mash-ups adds business and technology solutions provider of innovative, easy-to-use point-of-action solutions

November 5, 2015, Dallas, Texas — TrackHack™: The Proximity ID Hackathon, the world’s first and only hackathon focused exclusively on proximity technologies like radio frequency identification (RFID), near field communication (NFC) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), announced today the addition of Serialio.com as a Silver sponsor for its new, global hackathon series focused on proximity ID technology solutions.

Along with partner Flomio, AccelerateNFC created TrackHack: The Proximity ID Hackathon to address the cross-over and interconnection among various proximity technologies used for mobile solutions. These technologies — RFID, NFC, BLE — are the basis of proximity ID solutions and will play a pivotal role in the Internet of Things (IoT). Serialio.com’s mobile-based, point-of-action solutions leveraging these proximity ID technologies are used in almost every industry. Serialio.com provides turn-key NFC, RFID, and barcode solutions, as well as sub-systems to use with existing solutions. The idChamp RS3 NFC readers, have Bluetooth Smart, SPP, and HID modes. Bluetooth Smart (aka BLE) allows apps on iOS with two-way communication with NFC engine without needing to be MFi (Made For iOS) compliant.

As mobile becomes even more pervasive, so does the demand for creative mash-ups of these proximity-based technologies. TrackHack is the first ever proximity ID technology event where hackers and developers can access ALL proximity ID tech and do what they do best: create, innovate and disrupt. The hackathon focuses on solutions addressing security, marketing and advertising, social interactions, gaming, mobile payments, as well as track and trace. Participants will compete for cash and prizes and winners will be invited to join the next AccelerateNFC class, a competitive program where selected companies participate in an intensive 12-week mentoring program designed to provide access to resources normally beyond the reach of early stage companies.

 

“We welcome Serialio.com’s support of TrackHack,” said Robert Sabella, co-founder and CEO of AccelerateNFC. “Serialio has delivered tens of thousands of successful, mobile-based, point-of-action solutions. Developers will have access to some of the best proximity ID hardware on the market. And Serialio.com’s expertise in sensor solutions for retail, hospitality and events, healthcare, the mobile workforce and more will benefit the hackers and developers working on their own innovative solutions.”

Dave Boydston, president and founder of Serialio.com, stated “TrackHack will be an exciting opportunity for developers to innovate unique Bluetooth NFC apps for Android, iOS, and many other platforms, using the idChamp RS3 Bluetooth Smart (BLE) mobile RFID reader. The RS3 HSE is the world’s only NFC reader to communicate reads simultaneously to two separate Bluetooth host devices.”

Current TrackHack sponsors and supporting organizations include: Interact Ventures, NFC Forum, NFC Bootcamp, Blue Bite, RFID 24/7, RAIN RFID, U Grok It, HID Global, Omni-ID, Skute, Cellotape, University of Texas Dallas, with more joining regularly.

Registration is now open for TrackHack, November 20-22, 2015, in London at London Campus, a Google Space, and March 11-13, 2016, in Austin. Join in the hack and win cash and prizes. Visit www.trackhack.org for more details and to register for this exciting hackathon.

SOURCE: AccelerateNFC

— ABOUT —

About AccelerateNFC (www.acceleratenfc.com ) — AccelerateNFC is a technology-specific, idea incubator/seed accelerator for high potential companies in the Proximity ID space. Accelerate NFC focuses on near field communication (NFC) and other proximity ID technologies like Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). We bring industry expertise, mentors, resources and funding to those companies who are ready to take their ideas and products to the next level. Up to five selected companies will participate in an intensive 12-week mentoring program designed to provide access to resources normally beyond the reach of start-up or early stage companies.

About Flomio (www.flomio.com ) — Disney’s Magic Band™ proximity ID technology revolutionized their theme park business. Companies eager to “Disney-fy” their businesses without their own team of imagineers and billions to invest turn to Flomio, imagineers for the rest of us. Flomio creates proximity ID solutions that help enterprise clients and developers cross the chasm to Internet 3.0, the Internet of Things (IoT). Founded by industry leader Richard Grundy and funded by TechStars, Flomio is fundamentally changing the way people engage with the spaces around them by making the physical digital. Soon, 50 billion devices will regularly connect to the internet. Flomio’s platform empowers enterprise customers and developers to create applications that communicate with these devices. The future is ubiquitous connectivity. The future is Flomio.

About Serialio (www.serialio.com) — For over 23 years, Serialio.com has been delivering easy-to-use business and technology solutions backed by passionate customer support. Serialio.com delivers turn-key mobile solutions on the CLOUD-IN-HAND® Mobile Solution Framework, also providing hardware and NFC, UHF GEN2, and Proximity badges, tags and inlays.

RAIN RFID Alliance Joins TrackHack™ as a Sponsor for New IoT Hackathon

RAIN RFID Alliance Joins TrackHack™ as a Sponsor for New IoT Hackathon

Hackathon focused on RFID, NFC and BLE mash-ups partners with Association enabling the Internet of Things

October 29, 2015, Dallas, Texas — TrackHack: The Proximity ID Hackathon, the world’s first and only hackathon focused exclusively on proximity technologies like radio frequency identification (RFID), Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), announced today that the RAIN RFID Alliance is sponsoring the new, global hackathon series focused on proximity ID technology solutions.

Along with partner Flomio, AccelerateNFC created TrackHack: The Proximity ID Hackathon to address the cross-over and interconnection among various proximity technologies used for mobile solutions. These technologies — RFID, NFC, BLE — are the basis of proximity ID solutions and will play a pivotal role in the Internet of Things (IoT). RAIN RFID is a wireless technology that connects billions of everyday items to the internet, enabling businesses and consumers to identify, locate, authenticate and engage each item.

As mobile becomes even more pervasive, so does the demand for creative mash-ups of these proximity-based technologies. TrackHack is the first ever hackathon where developers can access ALL proximity ID tech and do what they do best: create, innovate and disrupt. The hackathon focuses on solutions addressing security, marketing and advertising, social interactions, gaming, mobile payments, as well as track and trace. Participants will compete for cash and prizes and winners will be invited to join the next AccelerateNFC class, a competitive program where selected companies participate in an intensive 12-week mentoring program designed to provide access to resources normally beyond the reach of early stage companies.

“We are excited to have RAIN RFID join the TrackHack family,” said Robert Sabella, co-founder and CEO of AccelerateNFC. “The RAIN RFID Alliance is a global organization promoting the universal adoption of passive UHF RFID technology solutions across many different vertical markets. This focus directly aligns with TrackHack’s vision of proximity ID solution innovations.”

“TrackHack will be an exciting hackathon addressing these wireless technologies involved in IoT,” said Steve Halliday, president of RAIN RFID Alliance. “Many members of the RAIN Alliance are supporting TrackHack along with Google, who was one of our founders.”

Current TrackHack sponsors and supporting organizations include: Interact Ventures, NFC Bootcamp, The NFC Forum, Blue Bite, NXP, RFID 24/7, U Grok It, Omni-ID, HID Global, Smart Insights, University of Texas Dallas, with more joining regularly.

Registration is now open for TrackHack, November 20-22, 2015, in London at London Campus, a Google Space, and March 11-13, 2016, in Austin. Join in the hack and win cash and prizes. Visit www.trackhack.org for more details and to register for this exciting hackathon.

SOURCE: AccelerateNFC

— ABOUT —

About AccelerateNFC (www.acceleratenfc.com) — AccelerateNFC is a technology-specific, idea incubator/seed accelerator for high potential companies in the Proximity ID space. Accelerate NFC focuses on near field communication (NFC) and other proximity ID technologies like Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). We bring industry expertise, mentors, resources and funding to those companies who are ready to take their ideas and products to the next level. Up to five selected companies will participate in an intensive 12-week mentoring program designed to provide access to resources normally beyond the reach of start-up or early stage companies.

About Flomio (www.flomio.com) — Disney’s Magic Band™ proximity ID technology revolutionized their theme park business. Companies eager to “Disney-fy” their businesses without their own team of imagineers and billions to invest turn to Flomio, imagineers for the rest of us. Flomio creates proximity ID solutions that help enterprise clients and developers cross the chasm to Internet 3.0, the Internet of Things (IoT). Founded by industry leader Richard Grundy and funded by TechStars, Flomio is fundamentally changing the way people engage with the spaces around them by making the physical digital. Soon, 50 billion devices will regularly connect to the internet. Flomio’s platform empowers enterprise customers and developers to create applications that communicate with these devices. The future is ubiquitous connectivity. The future is Flomio.

About RAIN RFID Alliance (www.RAINRFID.org): The RAIN RFID Alliance is hosted by AIM, Inc. a nonprofit organization. RAIN promotes awareness, education, and initiatives to accelerate the adoption in business and consumer applications worldwide of passive UHF RFID standards developed by GS1 (EPC Gen2) and incorporated by ISO/IEC (18000-63). Information on RAIN is available on the RAIN website at www.RAINRFID.org.

TrackHack™ Welcomes NXP as Gold Sponsor for Proximity ID Hackathon

TrackHack™ Welcomes NXP as Gold Sponsor for Proximity ID Hackathon

Hackathon focused on RFID, NFC and BLE mash-ups adds leading mobile solutions provider focused on enabling secure connections for a smarter world

October 27, 2015, Dallas, Texas — TrackHack: The Proximity ID Hackathon, the world’s first and only hackathon focused exclusively on proximity technologies like radio frequency identification (RFID), Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), announced today the addition of NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) as a Gold sponsor for its new, global hackathon series focused on proximity ID technology solutions. Michael Neurohr, responsible for the NFC Reader Library at NXP Semiconductors, will also serve as a judge for various challenges.

Along with partner Flomio, AccelerateNFC created TrackHack: The Proximity ID Hackathon to address the cross-over and interconnection among various proximity technologies used for mobile solutions. These technologies — RFID, NFC, BLE — are the basis of proximity ID solutions and will play a pivotal role in the Internet of Things (IoT).

As mobile becomes even more pervasive, so does the demand for creative mash-ups of these proximity-based technologies. TrackHack is the first ever proximity ID technology event where hackers and developers can access ALL proximity ID tech and do what they do best: create, innovate and disrupt. The hackathon focuses on solutions addressing security, marketing and advertising, social interactions, gaming, mobile payments, as well as track and trace. Participants will compete for cash and prizes and winners will be invited to join the next AccelerateNFC class, a competitive program where selected companies participate in an intensive 12-week mentoring program designed to provide access to resources normally beyond the reach of early stage companies.

“We are excited to welcome NXP as a sponsor for TrackHack,” said Robert Sabella, co-founder and CEO of AccelerateNFC. “NXP ‘creates solutions that enable Secure Connections for a Smarter World.’ And as a provider of the most widely used NFC technology, products and solutions in our connected world, as well as RFID-enabled solutions, they bring the know-how and expertise to enable the mobile solutions we expect from our participating developers.”

NXP has a strong track record in NFC and has influenced developments in relevant markets for NFC since they co-invented the technology back in 2002. “We want to make it easy for developers to deliver innovative applications with NFC capabilities, regardless of what development platform they may be working with. We literally want to bring NFC everywhere, which means that we have to enable more people to realize their ideas for NFC applications” says Laurent Dardé, Marketing Director for NFC Infrastructure & Consumer at NXP Semiconductors. NXP equips the participants of the hackathon with the ideal solutions for rapidly integrating NFC technology:

  • The EXPLORE NFC, a high performance full NFC compliant expansion board that is compatible for use with the Raspberry Pi and fully supported by the NXP NFC Reader Library
  • The PN7120 NFC Controller SBC Kit which contains Raspberry Pi as well as BeagleBone Interface Boards and with that enables the development of a plug’n play NFC solution in a Linux, Android or any other OS environment.
  • The MIFARE SDK provides access to all hardware features on Java level and enables Android apps to be created for MIFARE, ICODE and NTAG more easily than ever before.

Sabella added, “NXP’s commitment to enabling more people to realize their ideas for NFC applications aligns perfectly with the vision of TrackHack, and we are looking forward to the innovations that NXP’s participation in the proximity ID hackathon will drive .”

Current TrackHack sponsors and supporting organizations include: Interact Ventures, NFC Bootcamp, The NFC Forum, Blue Bite, NXP, RFID 24/7, RAIN RFID, U Grok It, Omni-ID, HID Global, Smart Insights, University of Texas Dallas, with more joining regularly.

Registration is now open for TrackHack, November 20-22, 2015, in London at London Campus, a Google Space, and March 11-13, 2016, in Austin. Join in the hack and win cash and prizes. Visit www.trackhack.org for more details and to register for this exciting hackathon.

SOURCE: AccelerateNFC

 

— ABOUT —

About AccelerateNFC (www.acceleratenfc.com) — AccelerateNFC is a technology-specific, idea incubator/seed accelerator for high potential companies in the Proximity ID space. Accelerate NFC focuses on near field communication (NFC) and other proximity ID technologies like Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). We bring industry expertise, mentors, resources and funding to those companies who are ready to take their ideas and products to the next level. Up to five selected companies will participate in an intensive 12-week mentoring program designed to provide access to resources normally beyond the reach of start-up or early stage companies.

About Flomio (www.flomio.com) — Disney’s Magic Band™ proximity ID technology revolutionized their theme park business. Companies eager to “Disney-fy” their businesses without their own team of imagineers and billions to invest turn to Flomio, imagineers for the rest of us. Flomio creates proximity ID solutions that help enterprise clients and developers cross the chasm to Internet 3.0, the Internet of Things (IoT). Founded by industry leader Richard Grundy and funded by TechStars, Flomio is fundamentally changing the way people engage with the spaces around them by making the physical digital. Soon, 50 billion devices will regularly connect to the internet. Flomio’s platform empowers enterprise customers and developers to create applications that communicate with these devices. The future is ubiquitous connectivity. The future is Flomio.

About NXP Semiconductors (www.nxp.com) — NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) creates solutions that enable Secure Connections for a Smarter World. Building on its expertise in High Performance Mixed Signal electronics, NXP is driving innovation in the application areas Connected Car, Security, Portable & Wearable and Internet of Things. NXP has operations in more than 25 countries, and posted revenue of $5.65 billion in 2014.

 

SOURCE: AccelerateNFC

At the Intersection of Proximity ID Technologies and the Internet of Things

At the Intersection of Proximity ID Technologies and the Internet of Things

IoTProxIDIntersectionA lot of people these days are talking about IoT or the Internet of Things. There are “connected” cars, wine bottles, clothing, appliances, jewelry, movie posters, games and toys … just about any product you can think of can be connected to the digital world in some way, shape or form. IoT is at the convergence of mobility and connectivity to the cloud, and cloud computing and Big Data. TrackHack is doing more than just talking: we are creating the next stage of the IoT journey.

TrackHack™: the Proximity ID Hackathon is the first-ever hackathon focused solely on the proximity ID technologies that power the Internet of Things. Whether radio frequency identification (RFID), Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and beacons, or near field communication (NFC), these proximity ID technologies, merged with cloud-based applications enable complete interaction between the physical and digital worlds.

AccelerateNFC, along with partner Flomio, organized TrackHack to give developers the tools to create the next wave of IoT applications. We’re launching this new series of hackathons in London, November 20-22, at London Campus, a Google Space. Our sponsors represent various sectors of the IoT ecosystem, including associations and standards forums, software and hardware providers, solutions providers, trainers and educators, investors and mentors — all providing the latest tools, technologies and guidance to create the next wave of IoT applications.

Hackers and developers joining TrackHack will be faced with challenges in the following areas—all enabling the IoT: Security, Marketing/Advertising, Social, Gaming, Payments, and Track and Trace. And, $10,000 grand in prize money is at stake for the winning solutions!

We invite you to come see what the next leg of the IoT journey has in store!

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Robert Sabella brings is considered one of the most innovative leaders in developing and bringing new technologies to market. Mr. Sabella is an entrepreneur, investor, inventor, innovator and author. He started several companies, invested in a few more and invented a few products along the way with two current patent-pending applications. He authored two books, RFID+ and the soon to be published NFC for Dummies™. He is passionate about start-ups, both as an entrepreneur and an investor. Mr. Sabella’s focus is on all things related to mobile proximity, specifically RFID, NFC, BLE and mobile apps.

Mr. Sabella created and co-founded the proximity ID technology focused accelerator program, AccelerateNFC, as well as co-organized the global hackathon series TrackHack™: The Proximity ID Hackathon. He continues to train people and organizations around the world on proximity technologies and the solutions they enable through the NFC Bootcamps.

Mr. Sabella earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degrees in philosophy and a Juris Doctor from Boston College and is a member of the New York and Massachusetts bar.

TrackHack™ Welcomes NFC Forum as Gold Sponsor for Proximity ID Hackathon

TrackHack™ Welcomes NFC Forum as Gold Sponsor for Proximity ID Hackathon

Hackathon focused on RFID, NFC and BLE mash-ups adds the premiere near field communication industry association as an event sponsor

October 26, 2015, Dallas, Texas — TrackHack: The Proximity ID Hackathon, the world’s first and only hackathon focused exclusively on proximity technologies like radio frequency identification (RFID), near field communication (NFC) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), announced today the addition of The NFC Forum as a Gold sponsor for its new, global hackathon series focused on proximity ID technology solutions. The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association whose membership draws from all parts of the NFC ecosystem, works with member organizations to share development, application, and marketing expertise to develop the best possible solutions for advancing the use of Near Field Communication.

Along with partner Flomio, AccelerateNFC created TrackHack: The Proximity ID Hackathon to address the cross-over and interconnection among various proximity technologies used for mobile solutions. These technologies — RFID, NFC, BLE — are the basis of proximity ID solutions and will play a pivotal role in the Internet of Things (IoT).

As mobile becomes even more pervasive, so does the demand for creative mash-ups of these proximity-based technologies. TrackHack is the first ever proximity ID technology event where hackers and developers can access ALL proximity ID tech and do what they do best: create, innovate and disrupt. The hackathon focuses on solutions addressing security, marketing and advertising, social interactions, gaming, mobile payments, as well as track and trace. Participants will compete for cash and prizes and winners will be invited to join the next AccelerateNFC class, a competitive program where selected companies participate in an intensive 12-week mentoring program designed to provide access to resources normally beyond the reach of early stage companies.

“We are excited to welcome The NFC Forum as an event sponsor for TrackHack,” said Robert Sabella, co-founder and CEO of AccelerateNFC. “With The NFC Forum’s goals of encouraging the development of products using NFC Forum specifications and educating consumers and enterprises globally about near field communication, we felt this was a perfect partnership to bring to our proximity ID solutions hackathon.”

Sabella added, “TrackHack’s goal is to bring new, innovative and creative proximity ID solutions applications to the forefront. That goal aligns directly with The NFC Forum’s focus on enhancing the lives of consumers worldwide and advancing its members’ business objectives.”

Current TrackHack sponsors and supporting organizations include: Interact Ventures, NFC Bootcamp, Blue Bite, NXP, RFID 24/7, RAIN RFID, U Grok It, HID Global, Smart Insights, University of Texas Dallas, and Omni ID, with more joining regularly.

Registration is now open for TrackHack, November 20-22, 2015, in London at London Campus, a Google Space, and March 11-13, 2016, in Austin. Join in the hack and win cash and prizes. Visit www.trackhack.org for more details and to register for this exciting hackathon.

 

SOURCE: AccelerateNFC

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About AccelerateNFC (www.acceleratenfc.com) — AccelerateNFC is a technology-specific, idea incubator/seed accelerator for high potential companies in the Proximity ID space. Accelerate NFC focuses on near field communication (NFC) and other proximity ID technologies like Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). We bring industry expertise, mentors, resources and funding to those companies who are ready to take their ideas and products to the next level. Up to five selected companies will participate in an intensive 12-week mentoring program designed to provide access to resources normally beyond the reach of start-up or early stage companies.

 

About Flomio (www.flomio.com) — Disney’s Magic Band™ proximity ID technology revolutionized their theme park business. Companies eager to “Disney-fy” their businesses without their own team of imagineers and billions to invest turn to Flomio, imagineers for the rest of us. Flomio creates proximity ID solutions that help enterprise clients and developers cross the chasm to Internet 3.0, the Internet of Things (IoT). Founded by industry leader Richard Grundy and funded by TechStars, Flomio is fundamentally changing the way people engage with the spaces around them by making the physical digital. Soon, 50 billion devices will regularly connect to the internet. Flomio’s platform empowers enterprise customers and developers to create applications that communicate with these devices. The future is ubiquitous connectivity. The future is Flomio.

 

About The NFC Forum (http://www.nfc-forum.org/) — The NFC Forum was launched as a non-profit industry association in 2004 by leading mobile communications, semiconductor, and consumer electronics companies. The Forum’s mission is to advance the use of Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market about NFC technology. The Forum’s global member companies are currently developing specifications for a modular NFC device architecture, and protocols for interoperable data exchange and device-independent service delivery, device discovery, and device capability. The NFC Forum’s Sponsor members, which hold seats on the Board of Directors, include leading players in key industries around the world. The Sponsor members are: Apple Inc., Broadcom Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd., Google, Inc., Intel, MasterCard Worldwide, NEC, Nokia, NXP Semiconductors, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Corporation, STMicroelectronics, and Visa Inc.

TrackHack™ Welcomes Blue Bite as Gold Sponsor for Proximity ID Hackathon

TrackHack™ Welcomes Blue Bite as Gold Sponsor for Proximity ID Hackathon

Hackathon focused on RFID, NFC and BLE mash-ups adds leading mobile marketing solutions provider focused on connecting mobile users to physical touchpoints

October 6, 2015, Dallas, Texas — TrackHack: The Proximity ID Hackathon, the world’s first and only hackathon focused exclusively on proximity technologies like radio frequency identification (RFID), near field communication (NFC) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), announced today the addition of Blue Bite as a Gold sponsor for its new, global hackathon series focused on proximity ID technology solutions. Blue Bite’s CEO and co-founder, Mikhail Damiani, will also serve as a judge for various challenges.

Along with partner Flomio, AccelerateNFC created TrackHack: The Proximity ID Hackathon to address the cross-over and interconnection among various proximity technologies used for mobile solutions. These technologies — RFID, NFC, BLE — are the basis of proximity ID solutions and will play a pivotal role in the Internet of Things (IoT).

As mobile becomes even more pervasive, so does the demand for creative mash-ups of these proximity-based technologies. TrackHack is the first ever proximity ID technology event where hackers and developers can access ALL proximity ID tech and do what they do best: create, innovate and disrupt. The hackathon focuses on solutions addressing security, marketing and advertising, social interactions, gaming, mobile payments, as well as track and trace. Participants will compete for cash and prizes and winners will be invited to join the next AccelerateNFC class, a competitive program where selected companies participate in an intensive 12-week mentoring program designed to provide access to resources normally beyond the reach of early stage companies.

“We are excited to welcome Blue Bite as a sponsor for TrackHack,” said Robert Sabella, co-founder and CEO of AccelerateNFC. “With focus on connecting mobile users to physical touchpoints in the real world, Blue Bite has been in the forefront of creating and implementing mobile solutions since 2007. They bring an impressive record of hundreds of successful out-of-home mobile campaigns for some of the most well-known brands in the world, adding their unique expertise to our sponsor and judging panel.”

Sabella added, “Mikhail Damiani’s hands-on experience and knowledge of near field communication, BLE beacons, Wi-Fi and geofencing implementations will greatly benefit developers challenged with building new ways brands can engage their customers when it is most valuable — at the point of decision.”

Current TrackHack sponsors and supporting organizations include: Interact Ventures, NFC Bootcamp, Blue Bite, RFID 24/7, RAIN RFID, U Grok It, HID Global, University of Texas Dallas, with more joining regularly.

Registration is now open for TrackHack, November 20-22, 2015, in London at London Campus, a Google Space, and March 11-13, 2016, in Austin. Join in the hack and win cash and prizes. Visit www.trackhack.org for more details and to register for this exciting hackathon.

SOURCE: AccelerateNFC

— ABOUT —
About AccelerateNFC (www.acceleratenfc.com) — AccelerateNFC is a technology-specific, idea incubator/seed accelerator for high potential companies in the Proximity ID space. Accelerate NFC focuses on near field communication (NFC) and other proximity ID technologies like Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). We bring industry expertise, mentors, resources and funding to those companies who are ready to take their ideas and products to the next level. Up to five selected companies will participate in an intensive 12-week mentoring program designed to provide access to resources normally beyond the reach of start-up or early stage companies.

About Flomio (www.flomio.com) — Disney’s Magic Band™ proximity ID technology revolutionized their theme park business. Companies eager to “Disney-fy” their businesses without their own team of imagineers and billions to invest turn to Flomio, imagineers for the rest of us. Flomio creates proximity ID solutions that help enterprise clients and developers cross the chasm to Internet 3.0, the Internet of Things (IoT). Founded by industry leader Richard Grundy and funded by TechStars, Flomio is fundamentally changing the way people engage with the spaces around them by making the physical digital. Soon, 50 billion devices will regularly connect to the internet. Flomio’s platform empowers enterprise customers and developers to create applications that communicate with these devices. The future is ubiquitous connectivity. The future is Flomio.

About Blue Bite (www.bluebite.com) — Blue Bite is a leading mobile-marketing solutions provider utilizing a targeted, location-based approach to reach captive audiences on their mobile devices by leveraging NFC, BLE, QR, WiFi, SMS, geofencing and other technologies. Blue Bite has partnered with many of the leading Out-of-Home and Retail Companies in the world and prides itself on creating interactive two-way engagements by enabling consumers to connect with digital and traditional media, retail stores and merchandise via their mobile phones. For more information, please visit www.bluebite.com and follow the latest updates and developments on Facebook and Twitter.