OpenDOF is an open-source distributed object framework that provides flexible and secure APIs for IoT and M2M projects. Panasonic released this platform in 2015, allowing anyone to use this proven technology royalty free.

Panasonic is hosting "Hack the Distributed Object" to share information about this platform and give software programmers an opportunity to hack projects built on the technology. There will be an introductory meeting on Friday, March 25 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. This will provide people an opportunity to get training on the APIs and ask questions of the engineers who wrote it. At 9:00pm we will announce the theme for the projects for the hackathon.

The next day, Saturday March 26, is the main event. Starting at 8:00am groups can collaborate, get food, and ask further questions of our engineers. The University of Utah Warnock Engineering Building provides network access (with registration) and there will be space for groups to get together. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided as well as snacks and drinks. NOTE THAT UNIVERSITY OF UTAH POLICY PROHIBITS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES and there is NO FOOD ALLOWED IN THE MEETING ROOMS.

All projects must be submitted on this site before 8:30pm MDT on Saturday, March 26, 2016 in order to be eligible for the awards. They must relate to the theme announced the night before.

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$8,000 in prizes

First Place, $1000 per Team Member

Each team member of the first-place team will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Teams limited to no more than 4 members.

Second Place, $750 per Team Member

Each team member of the second-place team will receive a $750 cash prize. Teams limited to no more than 4 members.

Third Place, $500 per Team Member

Each team member of the third-place team will receive a $500 cash prize. Teams limited to no more than 4 members.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


This is a face-to-face event to build community, and so participants must work on-site and be present at the awards announcement.

You must not be an employee of Panasonic Salt Lake City Laboratory.


Submissions must be made on this site, and must be submitted before 8:30pm on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

Submissions are made by teams, which must contain up to four members.

Submissions will be judged by the members of the OpenDOF Project Technical Committee, and their judgments will be final.

Submissions must relate directly to the theme of the hackathon. The theme will be announced to participants present the night before at 8:30pm, Friday, March 25, 2016. The theme will be re-announced to those present at 8:00am at the event on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

How to enter

Participants must register on this site and register for this event.

This is a face-to-face event and participation at the event is required. The bulk of the developent for the submissions must be developed at the event.


Bryant Eastham

Bryant Eastham
TSC Chair, OpenDOF Project

Jason Reber

Jason Reber
Proxy for Mark Nelson, TSC Member, OpenDOF Project

James Simister

James Simister
TSC Member, OpenDOF Project

Judging Criteria

  • Use of OpenDOF
    This hackathon is to explore the use of the OpenDOF distributed object framework. The primary criteria for judging is the use of OpenDOF APIs.
  • Relationship to Theme
    The projects must directly relate to the theme that will be announced.

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