August 22, 2014
The Grand Prize at MHacks Winter 2014 - workflow allows you to automate daily tasks from your iPad.
A trash can that sorts your garbage based on the sound it makes when you throw it in.
“I know the way, just follow me…” Now there is an app for that.
Want to really connect with somebody you meet? Open the High Five app to instantly follow & friend each other on Twitter & Facebook.
August 20, 2014
We’re in the dog days of summer, but there are plenty of cool hacking opportunities to escape the heat! Dive into 21 new hackathons and 12 online challenges from Rackspace, Mozilla, PubNub, Ford, Al Jazeera, TechCrunch, and more.
This is just the start of our fall lineup. Sign up here to join our new challenge & hackathon newsletter.
Hack Something Awesome
TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon: win tickets to Disrupt SF
(San Francisco, CA 9/6–7)
Tickets to “one of the greatest all-night hacking events on the planet” are released in batches of 250 and usually sell out in minutes. Follow @techcrunch on Twitter to be the first to nab them.
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.
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.
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.
F.A.C.E. (Face Analysis Cloud Engine) Hackathon: €1,000 in prizes
(Amsterdam, Netherlands 9/20–21)
Have fun playing with Google Glass, Kinect, Odroid, infrared cameras, and AR drones while building face analytics prototypes.
Media & Storytelling
The MediaThon: Inspire the News!
(Pittsburgh, PA 9/6)
Gather in a fun, creative, and competitive environment to create media that highlights the possibilities of the news business of the future.
Al Jazeera Innovation Challenge: $25,000 in prizes
(Global - Ends 9/30)
Nonlinear Narratives: design and build innovative storytelling applications in a competition from the Innovation and Research group at Al Jazeera Media Network.
Transportation & 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.
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 and beyond.
Urban Commuter Challenge: $30,000 in prizes
(Global - Ends 11/13)
Enter commuter-focused software for residents of Shanghai.
Internet of Things, Sensors, 3D Printing, and Music
Additive Sounds: 3D Printing & the Future of Music Technology
(London, UK 9/5–7)
Join Imperial College’s biggest hackathon yet, hosted by Imperial College Advanced Hackspace (ICAH) and 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker. Create new musical innovations using 3D printing and commonly available electronic parts (provided).
HACKANODE 2014: $16,500 in prizes
(Global - Ends 9/24)
Get the award-winning NODE+ (free loaner units!) — a highly flexible, advanced, and sophisticated sensor platform that tracks temperature, pressure, humidity, color, movement, and more.
- The Global Webit Congress IoT Hackathon 2014
(Istanbul, Turkey 10/1–2)
Build relationships and collaborate with global tech giants from Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
- PubNub 3D Visualization Challenge: $1,500 in prizes
(US & Canada - Ends 9/8)
Design the ultimate interactive 3D visualization app with PubNub’s Data Stream Network and your favorite 3D libraries.
Retail & Fashion
- Retail Week Hackathon
(London, UK 9/17–18)
Create the ultimate customer experience during the Retail Week Technology and Ecommerce Summit.
- Decoded Fashion Hackathon
(London, UK 9/20–21)
Enhance the consumer experience for fashion and retail brands in Westfield at the world’s first hackathon in a shopping center.
- Hack/TheBank Barcelona
(Barcelona, Spain 9/17)
A fintech hackathon where programmers, designers, and business leaders are brought together to brainstorm and create software for retail banking, capital markets, payments, and big data.
Med Hack - San Francisco
(San Francisco, CA 9/6–7)
Spark new health tech innovations in a fun and competitive environment for unique awards such as “Most Fundable,” “Most Practical,” “Best Hack,” and “Monster Hackers.”
Dental Hackathon: $3,000 in prizes
(New York, NY 9/13–14)
Join digital dentistry experts to develop desktop, mobile, and cloud hacks and apps for dentists and dental laboratories.
- Grey Healthcare Group Health Outcomes Code-a-Thon: $7,000 in prizes
(New York, NY 9/20–21)
Form new ideas and prototypes that improve health outcome measures as they relate to the Affordable Care Act and the larger US healthcare system.
Make People’s Lives Better
Caitlin’s Closet Hackathon
(Dothan, AL 8/23–24)
Caitlin’s Closet started with a dress and a goal to prepare young women for success. Create tech-driven solutions to expand the reach and impact of this empowering program.
Create for the Kingdom: $9,750 in prizes
(Austin, TX 9/12–14)
A hackathon event from the Christian perspective, inviting everyone, regardless of worldview, to join in on solving large challenges and build a healthier and stronger society.
Meeting of the Minds 2014 Hackathon: $5,000 in prizes
(Detroit, MI 9/30–10/1)
Teams of one to four participants will work all night to build mobile apps the improve the livability of cities. 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)
Meet students and professionals from around the country and create an innovative, technology-driven tool to improve the lives of older adults and their families.
Public Safety & Disaster Response
The Fueled 2014 Hackathon: $500 in prizes
(New York, NY 9/20)
Leverage White House Safety Data to build innovative applications usable by individuals of all technical ability. The four tracks of this hackathon are: crime/law enforcement, emergency response, natural disaster response, and public safety/societal issues.
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.
(Las Vegas, NV 10/21–22)
Create, code, and design apps built on Asterisk, Respoke, and other communications APIs at the first ever AstriCon Hackathon.
Apps & Games
Alpha Game Jam
(San Francisco, CA 9/12–14)
Join up with game devs of all experience levels and prototype a game that could be the next big thing! Hosted at Microsoft’s SF campus.
1° Hackathon CTA UNESP
(São Paulo, Brazil 10/18–19)
Develop HTML5 games for Firefox OS, and learn more about the open web from talks by Mozillians.
August 7, 2014
August 4, 2014
Fresh off the red eye from Mountain View, I want to share my favorite entries with you from Y Combinator’s YC Hacks hackathon. The hacks were out of the world and you can find them all here.
I sat next to the EVOO team for most of the event and loved the product they came up with. EVOO is designed to help you quickly discover and plans meals for diverse dietary needs. Within the app meals are broken down into timed tasks to make all the steps simple to walk through.
Trader Bro’s uses Amazon product reviews to predict a company’s stock price movements. One of my favorite things about this project is that the team had to wait until around 4am Sunday morning to see if their “Impact Score” successfully tracked against a stock price - thankfully it does, as you can see on the submission.
No more broken branches! The next time you git rebase or reset instead of commit - run git-undo and roll-back those previously destructive actions. I’ll be using it a lot between midnight and 3am.
Athelas drives down the cost and wait time for many common medical diagnoses. Using a macro lens attached to a smartphone, an untrained user can scan blood samples for common diseases like Malaria.
As someone who spent ages rearranging furniture in his apartment, I wish Vrniture had been around a few months ago. The project allows you to stage furniture in a virtually modeled room. And, once everything looks good, purchase them IRL, right from the app!
All-New Software Search
Our new software search is way more powerful than your standard Ctrl-F or Google query. You can search for projects you’ve worked on with your friends, software that uses two specific APIs or tags, winners, and more. We’re really excited about this feature and fast tracked it from side hack to production.
More Hackathons on the Way
Are you as hackcited as we are right now? Well stay tuned! We’ve got many more great hackathons coming up. Sign up for hackathon alerts by joining our mailing list and telling us where you’re located.
August 1, 2014
Judging is one of the hardest things to get right at hackathons - especially at larger events with hundreds of projects.
However, it’s also one of the most fun and important parts, providing everyone an opportunity share their hacks and checkout the competition.
Organizers who use ChallengePost have a variety of tools and options at their disposal for judging hacks. In this post I’ll show you how to get the most of ChallengePost if, like the majority of large hackathons, you opt for expo or science fair judging.
It’s quite common for sponsors like Twilio or Dropbox to offer specific prizes for the best use of their APIs and SDKs. The key to keeping sponsors happy - in addition to using our Built With galleries - is to help them quickly identify which of the hacks use their service and where to find them. Here’s how ChallengePost can help you do that:
1. Let us know your sponsor prizes.
We’ll build you a custom filter for sponsor prizes on your submission form. When hackers submit their projects on ChallengePost, they’ll select the prizes they are applying for.
2. Assign teams table numbers.
You can add an additional field to your submission form to collect and display the team’s table number for expo style judging. This makes it easy for judges and participants to locate teams at large events.
3. Send sponsors to your submissions gallery
Once all the submissions are in, direct your sponsors to your ChallengePost submissions gallery. They’ll be able to filter through submissions and see all the projects - including table number - they need to judge.
What about the primary judging?
Our judging system has been designed to work seamlessly on mobile. To complete your main judging simply follow these steps:
1. Assign your judges in the Challenge’s Manage area.
2. Have the judges log in on their phone, tablet, laptop, or tricorder and go to the challenge gallery.
Every user facing page on ChallengePost is mobile optimized. This means judges will be able to browse the projects in the expo hall and enter their scores on the site.
3. Watch the Leaderboard to see which projects are on top.
Using ChallengePost you’ll spend less time running the judging process, more time checking out the hacks, and ensure that every project has been judged.
Is your use case different?
Give me a call (202-203-0025) so we can chat about your ideas. We have built a ton of functionality into ChallengePost so it can be used in a number of ways!