OnStar to Present Future of Connected at Where 2.0

The term “connectivity” will get a new meaning during the O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference, an event which kicks off on Tuesday with high hopes and a new definition of the future. Being a venue that is right up OnStar's alley, Where 2.0 will be the place where the biggest telematics solutions providers in the US will present its view on the term we mentioned earlier.

Where 2.0 will see the finalists of the OnStar Student Developer Challenge presenting their voice-based apps to a panel of judges comprising both technical experts and journalists. The competition, launched in the beginning of the year, called for those interested to create an in-vehicle voice-enabled application based on the QuickFuse platform.

The apps had to be built from the ground up with some key and basic rules in mind. They had to keep drivers safely connected to infotainment options, use vehicle information to improve the driving experience and use location-based information to enhance the driver’s lifestyle, increase productivity or plan travel.

After all the apps would have been reviewed, the panel will give the creators of the two best solutions a grand prize consisting of a Developer Dream Packages, valued at $10,000.

“Where 2.0 presents us with a great opportunity to share our vision for the future of personal mobility and connectivity, both inside and outside the automobile,” said Nick Pudar, OnStar vice president of Planning and Business Development.

“We’re thrilled to give these students a chance to attend and present at such a distinguished technology conference. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with some of the brightest minds in the business, while also gaining valuable insight into the world of app development.” 
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