July 23, 2014
This past February, delivery.com asked developers to rethink online ordering and explore its new API. The first of its kind, delivery.com’s API connects users to thousands of local restaurants, grocers, liquor stores, laundries, and dry cleaners.
Here’s what the winning hacks delivered, pun fully intended:
Bar Cart First Prize - Liquor Stores ($15,000)
Use your phone to find a new cocktail recipe and order all the ingredients. Shake the app, and see what the bartender serves up.
Liquory Second Prize - Liquor Stores ($5,000)
Hacked in just 10 days, Liquory integrates with Yelp, Yummly, and beer social network Untappd to make beer & wine delivery quick and easy.
Basket First Prize - Laundries & Dry Cleaners ($15,000)
Schedule laundry pickups and deliveries from the closest dry cleaner in just a few taps.
FitMunch First Prize - Restaurants ($15,000)
Bye bye french fries, hello salads. This mobile hack recommends and delivers healthy meals from local restaurants.
Gastronomie Second Prize - Restaurants ($5,000)
Hungry, but not sure what you want? Gastronomie recommends the perfect food based on your location, time of day, and how you’re feeling.
Transit Takeout Popular Choice Prize ($5,000)
A brilliant hack for New Yorkers who don’t live within the delivery zone of their favorite restaurants.
Other submissions included apps for loyalty rewards, wine recommendation, party planning, and more. Go to the challenge gallery to see all 15 projects and like/comment on your favorites.
July 22, 2014
This fall is going to be our busiest hackathon season ever, which means potential teammates and sponsors will be looking for you on ChallengePost and checking out your Portfolio.
Since we introduced team building on ChallengePost, over 2,000 hackers have connected with teammates at hackathons. Your portfolio is often the first introduction you’ll have to potential teammates, so make sure it looks great.
Here are three tips to get your Portfolio in tip top shape:
1. Import your projects from GitHub
Your Portfolio already includes all of your hackathon projects, but what about your side hacks, scripts, and other open source code? We’ve made it super easy to import GitHub projects into your Portfolio. Just click the repo and go!
2. Show us what you’re Built With
ChallengePost’s Built With tags drive more attention to your projects. Are you using FourSquare, Twilio, or Alchemy in your projects? Tag them so they appear in the official API galleries and show other hackers that you’re on top of your game.
And you never know who else might check out your work! (hint - we actively promote your hacks to API providers)
3. Don’t abandon your projects
Hackathons are a great place to kick off projects and you can get a lot done in 24 hours. But, often some of the most amazing things happen after the awards and demos are over.
After you recover from your pizza coma and RedBull headache, revisit your project and update it with the latest screenshots, videos, and demo links. Just because the hackathon is over doesn’t mean you have to stop hacking!
July 17, 2014
Hope your summer is going well! I want to highlight some of the amazing hackathons we’re powering and how ChallengePost can help you get to know your hackers.
What’s coming up on ChallengePost
This fall we’re excited to power some of the biggest and best hackathons, including: Y-Hack, TechCrunch Disrupt, YCHacks, PennApps, Hack SC, Hack the North, Hack Rice, Big Red Hacks, Hack PSU, HS Hacks, Hack CC, WildHacks, TAMUHack, Kent Hack Enough, GeauxHacks and McHacks.
In addition to all these North American events, you’ll also find us in Vietnam, England, Italy, and India.
ChallengePost makes it easy to promote your event, build teams, collect submissions, judge, and show off all the hacks with video, images, and markdown — and it’s always free!
Plus, hackers can keep updating hacks in their portfolios even after the weekend ends! It only takes 15 minutes to get your hackathon setup. Get started here.
Learn more about your hackers
Stay in touch with your hackers by following them on ChallengePost. We’ll notify you whenever they publish new software in their portfolios, import projects from Github, or register for challenges and hackathons.
The more you know about your hackers, the better you can tailor your event and marketing.
Show your sponsors value year-round
Sponsors enable you to throw amazing events. Show them that your audience is familiar with their tools and interested in learning more about them. Use submissions, tag galleries, and portfolios to identify hackathon projects which use key sponsor APIs and technologies.
Join our team and pursue your passion
Like you, we’re committed to celebrating hackers and their work. If you want to make a huge impact on the hackathon circuit and build the world’s best platform for showcasing hacks, we’d love to meet you.
p.s. Day or night, I’m here to help! Text or call me @ 202.203.0025
July 16, 2014
What and where do you want to hack this summer? We’ve got 22 new competitions on deck from Ford, Variable, TeamSpeak, Y Combinator, and more. Use them as a springboard for your next big project, or just a fun weekend hack.
Dive in — there are over $1.5M in prizes waiting for you! For weekly updates about the latest competitions, sign up here.
- Samsung Gear App Challenge: $1,250,000 in prizes (Global - Ends 7/17)
Create great apps for the Samsung Gear 2 smart watch.
Apps & Games
Dual Screen App Challenge: $100,000 in prizes (Global - Ends 7/21)
Submit Android apps and games that highlight hi-def link technologies (MHL® and WiHD®) for phones and HDTVs.
- Salesforce Summer Hackathon Series: $12,500 in prizes (Los Angeles 7/18–20. London 7/25–27)
Build the best mobile app that runs in the Salesforce1 Mobile App container found on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
TeamSpeak App Contest 2014: $10,000 in prizes (Global - Ends 8/9)
Play with Overwolf’s new ODK release and craft epic in-game apps for gamers around the world.
1° Hackathon CTA UNESP (Sao Paolo, Brazil. 8/16–17)
Hack HTML5 games for web platforms like Firefox OS.
Transport & Mobility
Connected Intersections: $50,000 in prizes (Global - Ends 9/9)
Create technology to keep pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers safe and alert on urban streets.
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.
Internet of Things, Sensors, Computer Vision
Computer Visionaries 2014: $2,050 in prizes (Dallas, TX. 7/18–19)
Hack the new Kinect for Windows v2 SDK to build amazing software that use gesture, body tracking, voice, and other controls.
HACKANODE 2014: $16,500 in prizes (Global - Ends 9/24)
Get the award-winning NODE+ (free via the link!) — a highly flexible, advanced, and sophisticated sensor platform that tracks temperature, pressure, humidity, color, movement, and more.
Explosive Remnants of War & Land Mine Reporting Apps Challenge: $5,000 in prizes (Global - Ends 7/20)
Transform ordinary citizens’ mobile devices into landmine reporting tools.
Causathon: Hack for a Cause: $3,700 in prizes (Santa Monica, CA. 7/27)
Produce impactful technology solutions for non-profit organizations.
Hackcess to Justice Hackathon: $3,000 in prizes (Boston, MA. 8/7–8)
Deploy technology that help all Americans gain access to essential civic legal aid.
HubHacks: Boston’s Civic Hackathon (Boston, MA. 8/9–10)
Tap into the City’s new API — improve the online permitting experience for Bostonians.
Small Business Tech
- SmallBizDev Hackathon: $20,000 in prizes (Chicago, IL. 7/19–20)
Create mobile platforms and web solutions that solve the toughest challenges facing small business owners.
- Sabre Dev Studio Hackathon: $21,000 in prizes (Dallas + Global - 8/1–2)
Do you have an idea that will change how we fundamentally think about travel? Show the possibilities of where travel could go next.
General: Make Something Awesome
Hackathon Vietnam: win a trip to Silicon Valley (Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City, 8/1–2)
Students, professionals, and entrepreneurs are invited to experience Silicon Valley in Vietnam.
YC Hacks: win a Y Combinator pitch slot (Mountain View, CA. 8/2–3)
Y Combinator is giving smart hackers an excuse to get together and spend time building something they find interesting.
Shirts.io Hackathon: $11,000+ in prizes (San Francisco, CA. 8/15–17)
Earn a passive income by incorporating custom apparel API Shirts.io into your business.
- Hack FOSSCON Hackathon (Philadelphia, PA. 8/8–9)
Meet, collaborate, and hack on free open source technologies.
- Samsung Gear App Challenge: $1,250,000 in prizes (Global - Ends 7/17)
June 24, 2014
We’ve had the privilege of watching amazing software projects come to life over the last few years. Whether browsing through competition galleries online or attending hackathon demos in real life, we’re wowed every single day. You’ve probably seen some of our favorite apps and hacks featured in recent newsletters.
But we noticed that outside of challenges and hackathons, there wasn’t a place for our community to get inspired, gain exposure, or showcase software they’d made.
That’s why we created Portfolios.
One portfolio for all of your software
Demo your open source projects, mobile apps, hardware hacks, and more. Share fun side projects or exhibit professional work.
Get up and running in a snap
Import projects directly from GitHub and use markdown, app store links, screenshots, and video to illustrate your creative process. Your submissions from ChallengePost hackathons and challenges are imported automatically.
Gather feedback and connect with fellow makers around the world
Tag your projects by API or technology and we’ll notify you whenever somebody likes or comments on it.
Find your next inspiration
Follow developers and designers that you admire on ChallengePost. You’ll be the first to know when they register for a challenge or publish new software.
What are you waiting for? Create your portfolio now!