1. October 8, 2014

    Hack with Friends: Find Teammates for Your Next Project

    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.
    • look for a teammate
    • Sort participants by the number of projects and followers they have or by registration date.
    • Search participants by name, skills, and portfolio info.
    • search for fellow participants
    • Reach out to potential teammates and get to know each other.
    • Collaborate on something amazing!
  2. September 24, 2014

    Put Down Your Pumpkin Spice Latte, Scope Out 37 Autumn Hackathons & Challenges

    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

    Games

    Media & Storytelling

    Computer Vision & Facial Recognition

    Transportation & Mobility

    Internet of Things

    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.
    • AstriCon Hackathon
      (Las Vegas, NV 10/21–22)
      Design and create apps using Asterisk, Respoke, and other communications APIs at the first ever AstriCon Hackathon.

    Family History

    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

    Build a Smarter City

    • Hack4Reno
      (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

    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.

    College Hackathons

    • 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.

    • HackUMBC
      (Baltimore, MA 9/27–28)
      A 24-hour hackathon where students of any skill level or major can hack on software and hardware projects.

    • WildHacks 2014
      (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

  3. September 16, 2014

    Myos + Rifts + Drones — Oh My! ChallengePost Does PennApps X

    PennApps X Expo

    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:

    image 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.

    image 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!

    image 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.

    image 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!

  4. September 10, 2014

    Find Your Facebook and GitHub Friends on ChallengePost

    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!

    Find your friends in action

    To get started, click on the top nav and select Find friends.

    Log in to get started

    Facebook shy? Don’t worry, we won’t post on your wall, inundate you with baby pictures, or send you a Farmville request. Ever.

  5. September 3, 2014

    Hacking High School & into the Startup World

    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:

    Before:

    Our old portfolio page

    After:

    Our new portfolio page

    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.

    FYI, ChallengePost is hiring!

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