October 8, 2014
In our experience, writing code is more fun with a friend. That’s why we made it easier to make new friends and find teammates for challenges and hackathons.
With our revamped participants tab, you can:
- Look for teammates by introducing yourself to the community. Mention any ideas you have and what kind of teammates you’re looking for.
- Sort participants by the number of projects and followers they have or by registration date.
- Search participants by name, skills, and portfolio info.
- Reach out to potential teammates and get to know each other.
- Collaborate on something amazing!
September 24, 2014
Bid adieu to summer and say hello to an exciting fall season of big hackathons, big global challenges, and big prizes!
There’s $1.6 million up for grabs in 24 hackathons and 13 online challenges from eBay, Salesforce, Rackspace, Ford, Al Jazeera, Bitcasa, PubNub, and many, many more. You’ll also make new friends, test your skills, and have fun!
Be in the know — sign up for our new challenge & hackathon newsletter.
Build Something Awesome
FundHack: $20,900 in prizes
(Irvine, CA 10/11–12)
Fund your dreams in a weekend — bring along an existing project and hack together a winning crowdfunding campaign.
Salesforce $1 Million Hackathon: $1,000,000 in prizes
(San Francisco, CA 10/11–12)
Build the best mobile app utilizing Force.com, Heroku, or Force.com with Heroku.
Bitcasa CloudFS Challenge: $7,500 in prizes
(Global - Ends 10/14)
Create an app that builds on the power of the cloud and makes creative use of file systems, storage, and media.
NoSQL Mobile App Challenge: $20,000 in prizes
(US & Canada - Ends 11/4)
Worry about your app, not your data. Build your next mobile app with ObjectRocket’s NoSQL cloud-based data stores.
DreamHack Stockholm: $14,100 in prizes
(Stockholm, Sweden 9/26–27)
Join indie developers, pro-gamers, Swedish game industry experts, and world class eSports legends at this dynamic game jam in the Ericsson Globe.
PubNub Multi-Player Game App Challenge: $1,000 in prizes
(US & Canada - Ends 10/5)
1° Hackathon CTA UNESP
(São Paulo, Brazil 10/18–19)
Develop HTML5 games for Firefox OS, and learn more about the open web during talks by local Mozillians.
Beta Breakers Game Jam
(San Francisco, CA 11/14–15)
Hack all night with the Bay Area’s most creative and talented game developers.
Media & Storytelling
Al Jazeera Innovation Challenge: $25,000 in prizes
(Global - Ends 9/30)
Design and build nonlinear storytelling applications in a competition from Al Jazeera’s Innovation and Research group.
Computer Vision & Facial Recognition
ReKognition App Challenge: $10,600 in prizes
(Global - Ends 10/14)
Unleash your imagination with the leading computer vision API. Enable your apps to recognize faces, landmarks, and more.
Transportation & Mobility
Monsoon App Downpour: $30,000 in prizes
(Global - Ends 10/14)
Out-app mother nature. Improve mobility during Mumbai’s monsoon season.
Parking Lot 2.0: $30,000 in prizes
(Global - Ends 10/14)
Bring parking into the 21st century. Reimagine how Los Angeles’ outdoor parking lots are used during off-peak hours.
City Mobility: $30,000 in prizes
(Global - Ends 10/14)
Redefine how goods & services are delivered in Lisbon and other large cities around the world.
SUMURR mHealth Challenge: $30,000 in prizes
(Global - Ends 10/30)
Extend the reach of healthcare through mobility to rural areas like Tamil Nadu.
SUMURR Golden Hour Challenge: $30,000 in prizes
(Global - Ends 10/30)
Help make every minute in the Golden Hour count. Create software to enable timely and better quality care to trauma victims in Delhi.
Urban Commuter Challenge: $30,000 in prizes
(Global - Ends 11/13)
Enter commuter-focused software for residents of Shanghai and beyond.
Mobility Integration Challenge: $30,000 in prizes
(Global - Ends 12/2)
Simplify multi-modal trips and help people move around Chongqing or similar cities more easily.
Internet of Things
- The Global Webit Congress IoT Hackathon 2014
(Istanbul, Turkey 10/1–2)
Build relationships and collaborate with the most innovative startups from Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
EdTech & Non-Profits
- Apps for Class Challenge: $240,000 in prizes
(Open to non-profits based in the continental US - Ends 10/31)
The Mobile Learning Partnership Project is seeking technologies that will transform the classroom environment. 12 teams will win the opportunity to test their apps with real teachers and students.
Communications & Voice Control
- Voice Control Hackathon
(Cranbury, NJ 9/27–28)
Get an introduction to Vognition’s natural language voice control API and learn how to integrate it into your iOS / Android app.
(Las Vegas, NV 10/21–22)
Design and create apps using Asterisk, Respoke, and other communications APIs at the first ever AstriCon Hackathon.
FamilySearch Developers Conference Hackathon
(Provo, UT 9/25–26)
Leverage FamilySearch’s SDK & APIs to create new apps, hacks, and games.
Make People’s Lives Better
Meeting of the Minds 2014 Hackathon: $5,000 in prizes
(Detroit, MI 9/30–10/1)
Burn the midnight oil with your team to build an app that improves city livability. The top three teams will pitch their applications to an audience of 350+ urban sustainability and technology leaders from Fortune 500 companies and leading NGOs from around the world.
Leading Age HackFest: $10,000 in prizes
(Nashville, TN 10/18–19)
Collaborate with students and professionals from around the country on innovative tools that improve the lives of older adults and their families.
International Women’s Hackathons
Codess London Hackathon: $6,450 in prizes
(London, England 10/11)
Female engineers are invited to create software to combat climate change and disaster response challenges.
Codess London Hackathon: $2,025 in prizes
(Mountain View, CA 10/11)
Female engineers are invited to hack with non-profit organizations Black Girls Code and CoderDojo or help prepare communities for disaster.
International Women’s Hackathon at the Grace Hopper Conference
(Tempe, AZ 10/11)
Learn how to code and help combat climate change and improve disaster prepreation & response.
Build a Smarter City
(Reno, NV 10/25–26)
Create apps, websites, and platforms that help aggregate, collect, or share information in Reno. The oragnizers are providing access to open data sets prior to the event.
Hack It Faster
Speed Hack Challenge at APISTRAT 2014: $2,300 in prizes
(Chicago, IL 9/26)
Participating teams will have three hours to solve various tough, strictly time-limited coding challenges.
For High School Students
HackDC: $7,168 in prizes
(Washington, DC 12/13–14)
High school students participating in HackDC this fall are invited to create apps and future companies that will improve our daily lives.
Carnegie Mellon University iOS App Challenge: $8,091 in prizes
(Pittsburgh, PA 9/25–29) CMU students only
Learn Swift and make an iOS app in less than a week.
(Baltimore, MA 9/27–28)
A 24-hour hackathon where students of any skill level or major can hack on software and hardware projects.
(Evanston, IL 11/22–23) Open to all US university students
Northwestern University’s largest intercollegiate hackathon invites hackers and student entrepreneurs across the country to unite and create tangible solutions to real-world problems.
Hack for a Good Cause
Opportunity Hack - San Jose: $7,000 in prizes
(San Jose, CA 10/11–12)
Build solutions for the issues that nonprofits encounter every day.
Opportunity Hack - Chennai: $2,300 in prizes
(Chennai, India 10/11–12)
Meet up at PayPal’s Chennai office and work with non-profit representatives to solve real world day-to-day challenges.
Opportunity Hack - Austin: $7,000 in prizes
(Austin, TX 10/18-19)
Network, share ideas, and build solutions that enable impact and social innovation for non-profit organizations.
- Opportunity Hack - Bangalore: $2,300 in prizes
(Bangalore, India 11/7–9)
Come to eBay’s Bangalore office and work with non-profit representatives to solve real world day-to-day challenges.
September 16, 2014
Last weekend 1,200 hackers from all over the globe traveled to the University of Pennsylvania for the grand daddy of college hackathons: PennApps X. Along with the latest hardware and tech, hackers worked on health, wearable, and game projects.
We sent four intrepid ChallengePosters up to Philly to lend a hand and see what everybody was making. After 36 hours of intense hacking, we counted 237 total submissions.
The highlight of our weekend was the closing ceremony, where the top 10 teams demoed their projects to all the participants, sponsors, and a panel of judges. If you couldn’t make it to Philly or didn’t catch the live stream, you can watch them all online here.
Although only a handful of teams demo on stage, we all left inspired by dozens of great projects. Here are a few of our favorites:
Neal’s Pick: Neur-1
I’m a sucker for DIY hardware and I think Neur-1’s homebrew electrode cap is the ultimate in affordable body hacking. It’s made from laser cut fiberboard + saline soaked sponges + alligator clips + an off the shelf Arduino. You can put one together for less than $40 and start experimenting with your own pulse patterns and brain waves.
Richard’s Pick: FitFactor
Staying healthy — especially during hackathon season — is super important to me. FitFactor brilliantly uses a two-factor authentication approach to wellness by making you work out and sit up straight in order to access your favorite websites. If we used it at ChallengePost, I’d be in shape in no time!
Holly’s Pick: Stopover
I love apps that help you make new friends. Stopover improves solitary travel layovers by matching you with nearby people from your Facebook Groups. So, instead of aimlessly refreshing Twitter for 2 hours between flights, I can grab coffee with a new friend who shares my interests.
Clay’s Pick: Amation
Animating SVGs is not a trivial task and Amation deserves a lot of credit for taking it on. The team adapted the After Effects interface, which many designers are already familiar with, and came up with a solution that’s intuitive, and incredibly powerful. Most importantly, it doesn’t require developers to write any code. That’s a huge win in my book!
September 10, 2014
Good news hackers! You can now find and connect with your GitHub and Facebook friends on ChallengePost.
Follow your friends and we’ll alert you whenever they publish new projects or register for challenges and hackathons. Check out what your favorite hackers are up to, cheer them on, and find your next big inspiration!
To get started, click on the top nav and select Find friends.
Facebook shy? Don’t worry, we won’t post on your wall, inundate you with baby pictures, or send you a Farmville request. Ever.
September 3, 2014
Today’s post was written by Jayson Isaac, our awesome intern from NYC Generation Tech.
Three years ago, web development seemed like a pretty cool hobby. I started out customizing WordPress themes and building websites to make my friends think I’d hacked their computers, (warning: may cause seizures). I had no idea how many doors I’d opened by learning how to code.
My high school didn’t have many computer science programs, so I decided join the NYC Generation Tech summer program. GenTech teaches NYC high school students tech-entrepreneurship with a ton of rigorous hands-on coursework. During the program, I learned the fundamentals of the lean startup methodology, built a mobile app, and pitched to Union Square Ventures.
One of our guest speakers during the program was Brandon Kessler, who told us about entrepreneurship and team building. After he explained how his company, ChallengePost, powers hackathons and helps hackers celebrate their projects, I asked him about the tech stack his company used. I was really interested in learning more about Ruby on Rails since I never did any back-end web development before.
Later, Brandon reached out to the GenTech program coordinator and asked to connect with me. Still curious, I decided to ask more about ChallengePost’s technology. Fortunately, Brandon connected me with his lead engineer, Ross Kaffenberger, who gave me some insight about Rails. After a couple of emails and encouragement from my GenTech program coordinator, I asked about interning with the team.
I was really surprised when they let me join the development team. I came in not knowing much about Rails, but I was forced to learn by spending plenty of time pair programming, reading documentation, and reviewing code. Within a couple of months, I started working independently and deploying to production. Some of the work I did includes redesigning user portfolios and our jobs pages. Here’s one of my first projects:
In the past six months, I’ve worked on a variety of cool features, seen what it really meant to go through build-measure-learn, and understand what it’s like to work in a startup environment. Thanks to ChallengePost, I plan to attend a bunch of hackathons this fall and I’m going to start my first year at New York University with a scholarship they helped me get.