HARMAN is heading to the Bay Area, inviting developers to “hack” our JBL EVEREST™ ELITE headphones at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Disrupt continues to draw the best innovators, startups and developers, and we’re excited to re-open our SDK to these innovators to help us continue to push the boundaries of audio innovation. 


Our first participation at TechCrunch Disrupt NY in May was a great opportunity for HARMAN to engage with the developer community in a fun and exciting way. It was so successful, we’ve decided to share this opportunity with another coast of developers – as a sponsor of the Disrupt SF 2016 Hackathon event, HARMAN will offer developers the opportunity to “hack” the JBL EVEREST ELITE headphones using the EVEREST SDK. The team who develops the top new use case or application for our headphones will receive HARMAN audio prizes, including the JBL EVEREST™ ELITE 700 headphones, and a chance for their concept to be included as a standard offering of the JBL EVEREST ELITE headphones portfolio for future iterations.

Earlier this year, more than 100 developers in New York helped open the door to innovations in audio capabilities. Since then, we’ve made updates to the features and functionalities using the SDK, which will surely make for an even more exciting hackathon in San Francisco. New updated features include:

·        Updated Nine-Axis gives access to the integrated Gyro + Accelerometer + Compass sensor to create motion based features.

·        Custom Smart Button allows developers to customize the function of the headphone button to manage third-party apps and services via a physical button.

We invite developers to help us continue to push the limits for customized consumer listening experiences with our EVEREST ELITE headphones. Your creativity and enthusiasm opens up a whole new world for premium headphone experiences, whether at work or for play. Hope to see all those in the Bay Area at Pier 48 for the hackathon on September 10 and 11, and at our booth for a live demo from September 12 – 14. 

To learn more about how HARMAN is working with developers, or to download the JBL EVEREST™ ELITE SDK, check out www.developer.harman.com.