May 27, 2014

Comcast and NBCUniversal Look Ahead at Inaugural Hackathon

NBCUniversal and Comcast will jointly present their first hackathon – themed "Help Shape The Future of Media & Technology" – June 21-22 at the new NBCUniversal Technology Center’s Media Labs and at 30 Rock’s Studio 8H, home to Saturday Night Live. Over a 24-hour period, hackathon competitors will work on innovative cross-platform solutions using content, products, and technology from an array of NBCUniversal’s and Comcast’s entities and divisions, including CNBC, USA, NBCNews.com, Universal Pictures, TV Everywhere, Telemundo, Universal Home Entertainment, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stationsand Comcast Cable. Additionally, select television and media "uber-fans" will be on hand to provide the perspective of the television and media power-user.

"Merging the unique and rich assets of film and TV with industry leading distribution platforms and APIs, this joint ‘Comcast NBCUniversal Hackathon’ is an ideal way for our new Media Labs to engage developers, start-ups, the global venture community, and academic groups to accelerate technology innovations and enable richer experiences for media customers," said Sanjay Macwan, Senior Vice President & CTO, NBCUniversal Media Labs. "This hackathon is intended to attract the brightest developers – and a few lucky, uber media fans - who are eager to have unprecedented access to share their fresh ideas using the vast and vibrant content and products at NBCUniversal and Comcast."

AngelHack, the premier developer relations network which organizes hackathons globally and has a vast start-up ecosystem, has been tapped to organize the "Comcast NBCUniversal Hackathon." The company will help secure participants by reaching out to their network of developers, particularly those who have a track record of creating products for digital media and/or television. Invited participants will be directed to http://nbcumedialabs.com/hackathon/.

"We are excited to be hosting some of the leading developers, innovators and technologists here at Comcast and NBCUniversal for our inaugural hackathon," said Sam Schwartz, Chief Business Development Officer of Comcast Cable. "We look forward to seeing the new ideas these teams will produce that will help deliver more unique video and Internet experiences for media subscribers."

In addition to Application Program Interfaces (API) from the NBCUniversal and Comcast properties listed above, Hackathon teams will also have access to APIs from Beamly, Gracenote, thePlatform (an independent subsidiary of Comcast), and Radius Networks' proximity solutions. APIs give programmers open access to data and services, so participants won’t have to write their applications from scratch.

Judges – including venture capitalists, tech influencers, NBCUniversal and Comcast executives – will select winners in a variety of categories.  Participants will vie for cash prizes, the opportunity to pitch their ideas to NBCUniversal and Comcast, and NBCUniversal product. Additional information can be found at http://nbcumedialabs.com/hackathon/.

About NBCUniversal

NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Comcast Corporation:

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal.  Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses.  NBCUniversal operates 30 news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts.  Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

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