PC technology is rapidly evolving beyond what we’ve known for 30 years. The mouse and keyboard are no longer the only ways to interact with applications. To support further advances in this exciting field, Intel has released the Perceptual Computing SDK, a free framework developers can use for their applications. To excite the ecosystem and get early adoption and insights into the Perceptual Computing application experiences, Intel has created a number of Perceptual Computing focused programs and incentives such as the recent Ultimate Coder: Going Perceptual competition and the ongoing Intel® Perceptual Computing Challenge. Additionally, Intel is starting a series of Perceptual Computing Workshops and Hackathons across the globe to help train developers on the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK. To kick this off we are happy to announce our initial events in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Register Your App Ideas
First, we recommend anyone interested in developing Perceptual Computing apps, get their idea registered into the Perceptual Computing Challenge by June 17th. The best ideas will be selected to continue forward in the world wide app challenge.
Get Trained At Our Local Workshops
Workshops are being started in US, Europe, Brazil, India, and China. For the US we have two free workshops planned, both with the intent to help developers become familiar with the Perceptual Computing SDK and the Creative*Gesture Camera Kit:
- May 23, 2013: Helios Interactive, San Francisco, CA.
- June 13, 2013: Intel campus, Santa Clara, CA.
These workshops are interactive events where developers can connect with Intel personnel and get hands-on training with the SDK, Creative* Gesture Camera, and Ultrabooks in order to create an immersive perceptual computing experience. At least one of the workshops must be attended in order to compete in the Hacknight. You can register for the Perceptual Computing Workshops here.
Test Your Skills at our Hacknight
There’s nothing like a little bit of friendly competition to show off the skills you developed from the workshops! Developers who have participated in at least one of the Perceptual Computing Workshops have the opportunity to bring a new idea or existing project into a 24 hour coding challenge and compete for up to $5000 in cash prizes at the Perceptual Computing Hacknight, June 21-22.
This is a true “hackathon”. While developers can bring in existing projects, they will be required to code Perceptual Computing features within a 24-hour period. Projects will be arbitrated by a panel of judges, looking for the best technical implementation of perceptual computing features, effective perceptual computing user experience, and overall completion of their original objectives. Prizes include a $3,000 Grand Prize, $1000 for the Most Innovative, and another $1000 for the Best User Experience.
This dynamic event is scheduled to take place at Helios Interactive in San Francisco, and promises to be an exciting time for all involved. You can register for the Hacknight here.
Perceptual computing is an exciting field and it’s just getting started. These events promise to deliver a first look at what the promise of perceptual computing truly holds for developers who are eager to lead the way. Register at our Perceptual Computing-Workshops and Hackathon page today to reserve your spot!