SANTA MONICA, Calif. — September 30, 2013 — Edmunds.com, the premier resource for car shopping and automotive information, today announced that it will hold its second annual Hackomotive event on February 25-27, 2014. The event offers cash prizes for participants who innovate the best ways to improve the car shopping experience. Once again, Hackomotive will be held at Edmunds.com's headquarters in the heart of Silicon Beach in Santa Monica, Calif.
Unlike Edmunds.com's inaugural Hackomotive, which encouraged individual participants to form teams, the upcoming event is only open to existing organizations working to bring a new car shopping product or service to the market. The twelve organizations that shine the brightest in the application process will come to Santa Monica for three days of inspiring talks, networking opportunities and dedicated time to brainstorm and further develop their ideas on making car buying easier. The entrants will present their prototypes to judges in a "Shark Tank"-style format as they compete for three cash prizes, and at least one winning entrant will be eligible to have its idea accelerated by Edmunds.com.
The application process is expected to open before Thanksgiving. Organizations interested in learning more and applying to Hackomotive 2014 should follow @hackomotive on Twitter.
Over 120 consumers, dealers, automaker representatives, designers and technologists participated earlier this year in the inaugural Hackomotive, in which $28,000 was awarded to the creators of the top four ideas. The two grand prize-winning teams proposed social media sites that would help car buyers identify and work with salespeople whose expertise and specialties best fit their needs. More details on last year's winning prototypes can be found at http://www.hackomotive.com/results.html.
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