The EE 4G UK hackathon now has its API partners signed up and confirmed, paving the way for the start of the competition that the company hopes will spur the development of apps that make use of its 4G LTE network speeds.

The event will take place on the 22 – 23 June at The Hub Westminster in London and developers can take part across three different categories: real-time collaboration with 4G for the business sector, real-time collaboration with 4G for the public sector, and augmented reality (AR) for business.

As preparations for the event continue and the 130 or so entrants brush up on their coding skills, the API partners have now been confirmed as Pusher, a cloud service that adds real-time functionality to Web and mobile apps, PeerIndex, a social media analytics company, LinkedIn and Wikitude, creators of one of the first AR platforms and browsers.

Representatives from each of the companies will be present at the competition (either in person, or via a 4G video link) to give help and guidance over the course of the weekend.

Judging for the main prizes will be carried out by EE, Google and mobile enterprise app development specialists Mubaloo.

“Beyond the increase in speed that LTE brings to apps, the hackathon is about encouraging the developer community to think about what it unleashes for enterprise and public sector,” CEO of Mubaloo, Mark Mason, said. “LTE unlocks new forms of apps that don’t have to be as concerned with slow mobile internet speeds. With the ability to have near-immediate delivery of time sensitive data, such as real-time interaction or transaction, a new raft of apps designed for the public sector and enterprise will help internal and mobile workers to achieve more.”

Prizes for the winning teams include 4G devices and contracts for 12 months with inclusive 4G data (capped at 500MB) and vouchers for Amazon, Google Play and iTunes stores.

Entry for the competition closes just one day before it starts, so it’s not too late to get involved if you’re a developer and want a chance to win those prizes.

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