Metrics, the leading provider of Adaptive Commerce navigation and
discovery tools, and Leap
Motion, the creator of innovative technology that enables users to
interact with computers in more natural and dynamic ways, today
announced the First Annual Compare Metrics + Leap Motion Hackathon,
February 21-23, 2014 at Capital
Factory. The event is a platform for software engineers in the early
stages of their careers to showcase their skills and abilities, as well
as promote their personal brand to a collection of renowned companies in
the Austin startup community.
During the Hackathon, developer and hacker teams will create shippable
applications using the Leap
Motion Controller. The controller is a small device that creates an
interactive 3D space allowing users to precisely track the movement of
hands and fingers in the air. Hackathon participants are encouraged to
produce a commercially viable web, software or experiential application
following one of the three tracks offered (discovery, gaming, design)
that can be submitted for approval to Airspace, the Leap Motion
Discovery Store. In addition to various prizes, Leap Motion will donate
a device to every hacker who turns in a completed project so that they
may continue to explore and develop new apps.
"Leap Motion has opened up entirely new ways to interact with the
digital world," said Garrett Eastham, CEO of Compare Metrics. "Exploring
the potential of human and machine interaction has been at the core of
my education and career, and it is at the heart of Compare Metrics'
vision. We're incredibly excited to partner with a company like Leap
Motion to see how innovative developers can push the technology. And,
where better to host the competition than at Capital Factory, the
entrepreneurial center of gravity in Austin."
Michael Buckwald, CEO at Leap Motion, added, "We're on the verge of
transforming how we interact with the Internet and everything in it -
and the ability to quickly and intuitively explore vast amounts of
online content is an important part of that change. By partnering with
Compare Metrics, we can continue to support the development of new 3D
web experiences, and we're thrilled to partner with the team here in
Participants can sign up individually or with a team via the event page
until February 20. Judges will include Eastham; Joshua Baer, the founder
of Capital Factory; and a representative from Leap Motion. Finalists
will show off their projects and the winner will be announced during the
South by Southwest Interactive trade show and conference in Austin at
the Think Tank Drink Tank Hackathon Awards Ceremony on March 8, 2014 at
here for more information on the Leap Motion SDK. Visit the
page for details and registration.
About Compare Metrics
Compare Metrics' Adaptive Commerce solution offers a more "humanized"
approach to online product discovery, allowing consumers to use their
own natural language to express personal preferences and style, rather
than terminology driven by standardized merchandising categories and
keywords. Adaptive Commerce solutions from Compare Metrics understand
and react to what consumers want, resulting in increased shopper
engagement and conversion, as well as improved relevancy and efficiency
in demand generation and marketing strategies. The company is led by a
team that combines extensive experience in retail technology with
disruptive innovations that push the boundaries of machine learning and
natural language processing. For more information, visit www.comparemetrics.com.
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