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HackGSU Recap

Harman supports many hacakthons, but this one was a little different. Georgia State University (GSU) held it’s first university backed hackathon supported by Major League Hacking (MLH) and bused in students from the southeast to compete. We were sponsors and got some great feedback and ideas from developers.


  • There were 265 hackers in attendance
  • 8 teams were formed using HARMAN products
  • 7/8 teams used PULSE 2 speakers
  • One team used Omni 10 speaker
  • Hackathon’s first place winner hacked on Pulse 2
  • 10 hackers gave us feedback on SDK and API


  • Overall sentiment was very positive for the Pulse 2 and its Android SDK.
  • 65% of the developers were new to hackathons
  • The winning team used the Pulse 2 to mimic heart palpitations based on a person’s heartbeat.
  • Microphone access was the most requested feature along with additional SDK clients.
  • Have a preset function to control the LEDs individually.

Harman at CES 2016

Every year the world descends on Las Vegas to showcase their new technology and gear for consumers around the world. In 2016, we had something new to showcase: our developer community. We brought a small team of our loyal developers out to Las Vegas to work on demo their use cases and support more developer engagement while at CES.


  • During the AT&T Dev Summit we engaged with over 200 developers.
  • From the summit we carried back three ideas that we helped pitch to other internal teams.
  • We created a live functioning prototype for a business unit to showcase.
  • We started two new partnerships for Harman in the IoT space with pilots upcoming.

Google I/O 2015

On May 28-29, 2015 Harman Kardon visited Google I/O in San Francisco to encourage developers to use the new SDKs and APIs. Using street teams and live product demos as developers stood waiting in line and creating private events at local coworking spaces, we engaged over 300 developers and increased our engagement by 150%. 


  • Identified developers, startups & companies interested in creating tangible solutions using the SDKs.
  • Flagged champions who will advocate about their SDK experience with invest to help improve the SDK and support experience to be more developer friendly.
  • Increased our credibility with the developer community.