EE 4G hackathon to build new augmented reality tools for business

Mobile network operator EE is preparing to host the UK's first 4G hackathon as it bids to highlight the benefits of super-fast mobile broadband for developers.

The free-to-enter event is set to take place on 22-23 June at HUB Westminster, a social enterprise "super studio" in Central London, and will see developers competing in three main categories: enterprise collaboration, public sector collaboration, and augmented reality for business.

More than 130 developers are set to take part in the EE 4G hackathon, with participants drawn from a broad cross-section of the technology world - students, enterprise startups, and veteran devs are among those to have already signed up.

"With 4G now mobilising British business and opening up countless opportunities for real-time collaboration, EE is inviting both professional and student developers to pioneer the next generation of mobile apps for business that push the boundaries of what's possible on 4G," EE commented.

The competition will be judged by EE, Google, and enterprise app specialist Mubaloo, while LinkedIn, Wikitude, Cloudbase.io, and PeerIndex are among the API partners.

All entrants will walk away with an EE 4G mobile Wi-Fi device, with some of the main prizes including free 4G contracts and vouchers for Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play.

"In the enterprise and public sector space, apps that make the most out of 4G are helping to improve productivity and efficiency for employees working in the field. Whether employees are out at meetings, in the middle of a field, on the move or sat in a coffee shops, the way 4G enables collaboration is helping to save time and money. We will have our quality assurance team at the event over the weekend to help teams with their apps and help them monitor for any potential bugs," said Mark Mason, CEO at Mubaloo.

He added: "By bringing our experience in the public sector and enterprise, we hope to help unleash greater innovation in this space and grow awareness of the benefits 4G brings to apps. We are honoured to be judging alongside EE and Google."

Interested parties are advised that registration for the event closes 21 June. At time of writing, there were still a limited number of spots available.