2018 Code AutoMobility LA

2018 Code AutoMobility LA

It was a thrill to compete with 140 developers (24 teams) and win the grand prize at the Code AutoMobility LA 2018 Hackathon sponsored by Visa and GM. My previous work in Android Auto, Google Cloud Functions, and NLP technologies (Dialogflow, Houndify, and Snowboy) were a major factor in building impressive winning software in a short time constraint.

At the 2018 Code AutoMobility LA Hackathon 140 participants were tasked with developing innovative technology solutions that could help drivers and their passengers get to destinations safer and smarter, as well as make seamless in-car payments. They were given access to key insights and application-programming interfaces (APIs) from Visa, GM and the City of Los Angeles to help with their creations, which ranged from parking assistants, real time in-vehicle commerce, vehicular ticketing systems, and predictive maintenance, among others.

“Overall the level of talent that participated in this year’s event was exceptional. Teams explored various pain points for drivers and produced elevated experiences for the connected car, which will soon become the epicenter of commerce. We were thrilled to partner with GM at Code AutoMobility LA as we continue our journey to enable the in-car digital payment ecosystem.”

Olabisi Boyle, Vice President, Internet of Things, Global Innovation and Design, Visa

The competition was evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges including Charles Thomas (Chief Data and Analytics Officer, GM) and Mark Jamison (Senior Vice President, Global Innovation and Design, Visa).

The winners were announced and awarded at AutoMobility LA on Tuesday, November 27 as part of the show’s conference programming.


As the future of transportation evolves, Visa will utilize the hackathon at AutoMobility LA as an opportunity for participants to explore new in-car payment solutions that can improve the overall driving experience. As the world’s leader in digital payments, Visa believes simple and secure in-vehicle payments are a crucial part of the connected car transformation.

“With over 135 million commuters in the U.S. every day, Visa promotes in-car payment solutions that are secure, simple and emphasize driver convenience. Today’s advances in digital technology are shaping how in-car commerce will evolve, and through this hackathon, developers can harness data and payment technology to create a more intuitive and personalized generation of in-car payment experiences.”

Olabisi Boyle, Senior Director, Connected (IoT) Platforms.

General Motors

GM is the leader in vehicle connectivity, with more than nine million cars, trucks and crossovers already on the road in the United States with built-in 4GLTE Wi-Fi. Connectivity will play a significant role in helping the company achieve its vision of a world of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.

“General Motors and Visa share a goal to simplify and improve the world around the driving experience – an area primed for innovation and ripe with potential to benefit drivers, passengers, pedestrians, city planners, merchants and more. We believe tremendous value can be unlocked through data optimization and advanced analytics and the hackathon at AutoMobility LA will be a great way to put new talent, expertise, and knowledge to work on challenges that can make a difference for millions of people.”

Charles Thomas, GM’s Chief Data and Analytics Officer.

LA Auto Show and AutoMobility LA

“We are excited to have GM and Visa as co-sponsors for this year’s hackathon and believe that this unique partnership will bring in innovative and talented developers who want to create solutions for a better driving experience. This is the second year that we’ve fully owned the Hackathon and having these blue-chip brands on board is another example of our ongoing commitment to being at the forefront of the new mobility era.”

Lisa Kaz, President and CEO of the LA Auto Show and AutoMobility LA.


2018 Code AutoMobility LA competition was evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges comprised of the following:

Jaclyn TropAutomotive ReporterFortune
Charles ThomasChief Data and Analytics OfficerGeneral Motors
Jay KimAssistant General ManagerLos Angeles Department of Transportation
Marco PavoneAssistant Professor and Director of Autonomous Systems LaboratoryStanford University
Mark JamisonSenior Vice President of Global Innovation and DesignVisa