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Compare Metrics Partners with Leap Motion and Capital Factory to Host First Annual Hackathon for Experiential Applications

Compare Metrics, the leading provider of Adaptive Commerce navigation and discovery tools, and Leap Motion, the creator of innovative technology that enables users to interact with computers in more natural and dynamic ways, today announced the First Annual Compare Metrics + Leap Motion Hackathon, February 21-23, 2014 at Capital Factory. The event is a platform for software engineers in the early stages of their careers to showcase their skills and abilities, as well as promote their personal brand to a collection of renowned companies in the Austin startup community.

During the Hackathon, developer and hacker teams will create shippable applications using the Leap Motion Controller. The controller is a small device that creates an interactive 3D space allowing users to precisely track the movement of hands and fingers in the air. Hackathon participants are encouraged to produce a commercially viable web, software or experiential application following one of the three tracks offered (discovery, gaming, design) that can be submitted for approval to Airspace, the Leap Motion Discovery Store. In addition to various prizes, Leap Motion will donate a device to every hacker who turns in a completed project so that they may continue to explore and develop new apps.

“Leap Motion has opened up entirely new ways to interact with the digital world,” said Garrett Eastham, CEO of Compare Metrics. “Exploring the potential of human and machine interaction has been at the core of my education and career, and it is at the heart of Compare Metrics’ vision. We’re incredibly excited to partner with a company like Leap Motion to see how innovative developers can push the technology. And, where better to host the competition than at Capital Factory, the entrepreneurial center of gravity in Austin.”

Michael Buckwald, CEO at Leap Motion, added, “We’re on the verge of transforming how we interact with the Internet and everything in it – and the ability to quickly and intuitively explore vast amounts of online content is an important part of that change. By partnering with Compare Metrics, we can continue to support the development of new 3D web experiences, and we’re thrilled to partner with the team here in Austin.”

Participants can sign up individually or with a team via the event page until February 20. Judges will include Eastham; Joshua Baer, the founder of Capital Factory; and a representative from Leap Motion. Finalists will show off their projects and the winner will be announced during the South by Southwest Interactive trade show and conference in Austin at the Think Tank Drink Tank Hackathon Awards Ceremony on March 8, 2014 at Capital Factory.

Click here for more information on the Leap Motion SDK. Visit the Hackathon event page for details and registration.

About Compare Metrics

Compare Metrics' Adaptive Commerce solution offers a more “humanized” approach to online product discovery, allowing consumers to use their own natural language to express personal preferences and style, rather than terminology driven by standardized merchandising categories and keywords. Adaptive Commerce solutions from Compare Metrics understand and react to what consumers want, resulting in increased shopper engagement and conversion, as well as improved relevancy and efficiency in demand generation and marketing strategies. The company is led by a team that combines extensive experience in retail technology with disruptive innovations that push the boundaries of machine learning and natural language processing. For more information, visit www.comparemetrics.com.

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