BMW, ChargePoint and DriveNow Team for Bay Area Sustainability Hackathon for Electric Vehicles, EV Charging and Mobility

 BMW, ChargePoint and DriveNow Team for Bay Area Sustainability Hackathon for
             Electric Vehicles, EV Charging and Mobility Services

Saturday, April 27 - Sunday, April 28. Hosted by BMW Group Technology Office
USA. Sponsored by ChargePoint and DriveNow

PR Newswire

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 25, 2013

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --BMW, ChargePoint and
DriveNow have teamed for BMW's Bay Area Sustainability Hackathon focusing on
one of the fastest and rapidly growing industry sectors, electric vehicles, EV
charging and mobility services. More than 200 developers, entrepreneurs,
electric vehicle experts and corporate executives are expected at the weekend
event focusing on sustainability issues facing our future as a greener planet.
The event takes place at the BMW Group Technology Office USA at 2606 Bayshore
Pkwy., Mountain View, CA on Saturday, April 27 through Sunday, April 28, 2013.
The Hackathon is hosted by the BMW Group Technology Office USA and sponsored
by ChargePoint, Inc. and DriveNow.

Organizers are looking for technical, as well as non-technical people to build
apps, mobile apps and hacks to address some of the issues surrounding electric
vehicles and EV charging. Participants will hack, eat, compete for prizes
across different categories, and most importantly: network with likeminded
people to work on new or current projects. All submissions will be reviewed by
a panel of distinguished judges. Prizes include thousands of dollars in gift
cards, service and product prizes being awarded across several categories

  oOriginality of the idea
  oAbility to clearly articulate the details of the application
  oTechnologies used in its creation
  oLevel of completion of the hack over the course of the event

"Teaming with Charge Point and DriveNow to open our collective technologies to
joint third-party development is a great illustration of the holistic approach
to innovation with BMW i," said Dr. Dirk Rossberg, head of the BMW Group
Technology Office USA. "We believe that it is about more than just the cars.
We're excited about the technical creativity, talent and ingenuity we'll
assemble at this first-of-its kind event focused on app development hosted
right here in our office."

"We are proud to be a sponsor ofthis event," said Tavis Szeto, director of
marketing of ChargePoint. "Personal mobility is about keeping drivers
connected and informed. Forums like this hackathon foster creativity and
collaboration and help create the solutions that make the EV driving
experience better."

To form a team, click on HackerLeague. Tweet about this hack:#sustainhack.

About ChargePoint, Inc.
ChargePoint is the largest online network of independently owned EV charging
stations operating in 14 countries. ChargePoint provides everything an EV
station owner needs to deliver turnkey electric vehicle charging services in
their parking lots. For drivers, ChargePoint provides state-of-the-art
features including the ability to locate, reserve and navigate to unoccupied
charging stations with online tools and mobile applications. ChargePoint
locations may be found online and are included on the free ChargePoint mobile
applications for iPhone and Android. The ChargePoint network is open to all
charging station manufacturers. Visit for more
information. Follow ChargePoint on Twitter @chargepointnet.

BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW
Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and
financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including
motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars;
DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology
office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country.
BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global
manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and
X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group
sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW
passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle
retailers, 117 MINI passenger car dealers, and 34 Rolls-Royce Motor Car
dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North
America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the
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SOURCE BMW of North America, LLC

Contact: Matt Russell, BMW Product and Technology Communications Manager,
201-307-3783,, David J. Buchko, Advanced Powertrain
and Heritage Communications, 201-307-3709,, or Julian
Arguelles, BMW Product and Technology Communications, 201-307-3755,; or Anne Smith, ChargePoint, Inc., 408-313-8089,
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