M-GO Hackathon 2015: The Social Network

The League of Extraordinary Minds...Who Knew 2nd Place Could Be So Super? 
A hackathon is a great way for employees to bring their ideas to life. In hackathons products are created, concepts challenged, and ideas are shared. It gives everyone a chance to present their ideas to executives and build something that can have a positive impact on the business. That’s why M-GO holds a hackathon every year. Some of our most awesome features are a result of past hackathons. Last year’s theme was analytics and the winning team was able to build a dashboard that gave us insight into granular pieces of data at the click of a button - but this year we decided to do things a little differently.


According to a study by the Pew Research Center 74% of online adults use social networking sites. The avid social media user, is constantly liking, retweeting, and double-tapping things they find in their feed and data shows that 92% of consumers trust recommendations from friends and family above all other forms of social advertising. So, the theme of this year’s hackathon? Social media integration. Since social media can be an effective branding and marketing tool, we asked our employees to create and develop ideas on how to integrate social features into the M-GO platform.


The 3rd Annual M-GO Hackathon is a two day event, giving teams enough time to make their ideas a reality. As things get started, the air is buzzing with excitement. Team members start going over ideas and strategies as someone quickly tries to write it all on any available whiteboard. Employees are bustling throughout the day but as the day comes to an end, the M-GO crew unwinds with some pizza, football and laughs, to refuel and get right back to it.


Hackathon Shenanigans


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Working Hard Into The Night
The following day, finished projects are submitted and the teams start their demonstrations. Many great projects were submitted but there can only be one winner. So without further adieu, the winner of the 2015 M-GO Hackathon is: #Winning! Their idea stood out to our executive team of judges because it’s not only innovative, but can be seamlessly implemented into our current ecosystem.
Our Winning Team: #Winning
Destined For Greatness From The Start
All Team members get to choose one of the following awesome prizes for their efforts:
  • Apple Watch
  • Bose Headphones
  • Sonos Play:3
  • iPad Mini


Want to know more about what they created? Keep an eye out for our latest social feature, coming soon! Congratulations to #Winning!
Runner up was League of Extraordinary Minds. All team members will get to choose from the following prizes:
  • Sonos Play:1
  • Nvidia Shield
  • Nest Protect
  • Samsung Chromebook


Teams SS in LA & The Champions received honorable mentions from the judges as well.


Thank you to all the participating staff that worked so hard on their projects. You made this year’s Hackathon a huge success.

TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS FEATURING KAT DENNINGS, RUPERT FRIEND, CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY & CORBIN BLEU ARRIVES ON M-GO

Special $0.99 promotional pricing available exclusively on M-GO

LOS ANGELES, March 3, 2015 – M-GO, the premium digital streaming service and joint venture between Technicolor and DreamWorks, today announced the availability of the biographical drama To Write Love on Her Arms as the second film in its “filmanthropy” cause marketing campaign. The film tells the story of Renee Yohe (Kat Dennings) and the founding of the nonprofit organization, To Write Love on Her Arms, which provides support to people coping with addiction and mental illness.

To Write Love on Her Arms will be available for rent or purchase on M-GO beginning Tuesday, March 3, 2015, and will be available to rent at the special price of $0.99 for one day only on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. This special limited-time pricing is exclusive to M-GO.

“We are excited to team with Sony Pictures to share this important film with our customers,” said M-GO Senior Vice President of Content Cameron Douglas. “This limited-time offer will allow us to reach more people who may be able to benefit from the message of both the film and the organization. This is an exciting next step in our commitment to bringing cause-oriented films to a wider audience.”

To Write Love on Her Arms was founded in Melbourne, Florida in 2006 by Jamie Tworkowski, who created the nonprofit organization in an effort to provide aid and support to friend, Renee Yohe and others facing similar challenges of addiction and mental illness. In the film, Yohe is portrayed by actress Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls), while Tworkowski is played by Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill).

M-GO launched its cause marketing initiative in November 2014 with the release of Waiting for Mamu, an award-winning documentary from Reframed Pictures and executive producers Susan Sarandon and Morgan Spurlock. As the exclusive platform for the film’s first 90 days, M-GO donated every dollar earned directly to the ECDC, the residential home for Nepalese prison children profiled in the film.

M-GO will continue its cause-based “filmanthropy” efforts with future releases.

About M-GO M-GO, a joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor, is the premium digital video on demand (VOD) service. With stunning picture quality, smarter browsing, and the convenience of viewing across any device, M-GO delivers the very latest movie and TV releases to rent or own on demand with a deep catalogue of hidden gems and classic favorites. For more information, visit: www.mgo.com.

DTS PARTNERS WITH M-GO TO PROVIDE ENRICHED HD AND 4K ULTRA HD VIDEO STREAMING WITH PREMIUM SOUND

With DTS audio solution, M-GO will be the first streaming service to offer Headphone: X surround sound experience through any headphones

LOS ANGELES, February 27, 2015DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI), a leader in high-definition audio enhancement technologies, and M-GO, the premium digital video on demand (VOD) service and joint venture between Technicolor and DreamWorks Animation, have announced an agreement for DTS to provide its DTS-HD® multi-channel surround sound as part of M-GO’s exceptional consumer experience.

“M-GO is a leader in premium quality video streaming, and we are proud they have selected DTS as their audio partner,” said Geir Skaaden, senior vice president, corporate business development, digital content and media solutions at DTS, Inc. “By combining DTS-HD audio technology with HD and UHD video, consumers will have the best of all worlds in streaming video entertainment.”

The DTS-HD premium audio encoding solution will be deployed in stages across all M-GO compatible devices throughout the coming months. Future applications will mark M-GO as the first streaming service to offer DTS Headphone:X, a full surround sound experience through any set of headphones, allowing consumers to experience sound exactly as it was recorded.

“As a pioneer in 4K Ultra HD content distribution, M-GO recognizes that audio quality is as important to the in-home entertainment experience as picture quality,” said M-GO senior vice president of product, Arnaud Retureau. “Our partnership with DTS presents a perfect collaboration given their highly respected history of audio innovation and our continued efforts to enhance users premium viewing experience with unparalleled audio.”

In addition to its constantly growing library of more than 30,000 titles available to own, rent, stream or download, the M-GO 4K UHD library currently features more than 100 movies and TV shows exclusively on Samsung’s line of award-winning UHD TVs. By combining UHD video with integrated DTS-HD audio, M-GO consumers with Samsung UHD TVs can enjoy an immersive, cinema-like experience in their home.

About M-GO M-GO, a joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor, is the premium digital video on demand (VOD) service. With stunning picture quality, smarter browsing, and the convenience of viewing across any device, M-GO delivers the very latest movie and TV releases to rent or own on demand with a deep catalogue of hidden gems and classic favorites. For more information, visit: www.mgo.com.

About DTS, Inc. DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI) is a premier audio solutions provider for high-definition entertainment experiences—anytime, anywhere, on any device. DTS’ audio solutions enable delivery and playback of clear, compelling high-definition audio, which is incorporated by hundreds of licensee customers around the world, into an array of consumer electronic devices. From a renowned legacy as a pioneer in high definition multi-channel audio, DTS became a mandatory audio format in the Blu-ray Disc™ standard and is now increasingly deployed in enabling digital delivery of compelling movies, music, games and other forms of digital entertainment to a growing array of network-connected consumer devices. DTS technology is in AVRs, car audio systems, digital media players, video game consoles, PCs, set–top boxes, smartphones, soundbars, televisions, wireless speakers and every device capable of playing Blu–ray™ discs. Founded in 1993, DTS' corporate headquarters are located in Calabasas, California. DTS also has offices in Los Gatos, San Diego and Santa Ana, California, Washington, China, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Copyright 2015, DTS, Inc. DTS, the Symbol, and DTS and the Symbol together are registered trademarks of DTS, Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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