Walmart (NYSE:WMT) is looking for a few good hackers to help develop new mobile features or additions to the retailer's app.
The retailer is planning to attend the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015 Hackathon, an event in San Francisco that draws coders and developers, and where tech start-ups pitch ideas and compete for funding, venture capital and prizes.
Walmart will be at the Hackathon, a 24-hour event where interested parties can participate in a custom project, compete for a cash prize, and get the chance to test their project with Walmart.
"We're going to be there, and we want your ideas on how we can take shopping to the next level online, on mobile and in our 5,000 plus stores across the U.S.," said Bao Nguyen, @WalmartLabs spokesperson. "We'll be at Pier 70 looking for the best hackers to participate in our custom hack. We're giving the winning team $5,000 and the opportunity to test the hack in at least one Walmart store."
It's a bid to get fresh ideas and features for Walmart's mobile API. Walmart will make its pitch to attendees on Saturday, Sept. 19. Then, attendees who accept the challenge will have 24 hours to create their hacks. Teams will present their hacks on Sunday, Sept. 20 to a panel of judges from Walmart Global eCommerce, who will pick a winner.
"An external hackathon like this is just one way we gather new ideas and participate in the tech community in Silicon Valley, where WalmartLabs is headquartered," said Nguyen. "Some other venues for new ideas include global internal hack days and demo days, where associates showcase the passion projects and new ideas they've been working on in their spare time."
@WalmartLabs is the retailer's technology arm, based in San Francisco. While a hackathon is decidedly focused on technology innovation, the company has been soliciting ideas from unusual sources all year.
Sam's Club and Walmart have been seeking out new product ideas from small suppliers. It's Get on the Shelf program is a crowdsourcing competition to give entrepreneurs the chance to sell production at Walmart.com and select stores. The second such event was held in July.
-See this @WalmartLabs announcement
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