11 months ago

And the winner is...

The judges have weighed in, and our community has voted! Go to the Disrupt SF Hackathon 2018 gallery to congratulate the winners and check out all of the awesome submissions.

Even though the competition is over, you don't have to stop coding. Update your portfolio to inform your followers about new projects and get feedback from fellow hackers.


If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.

12 months ago

Announcing the Top Ten Finalists

Thank you all for your remarkable projects and presentations to the judges! They were extremely impressed. Here are the top 10 finalist projects whose teams will present this afternoon on the second stage:

Smart Folios

If you're a finalist listed above, please come to the tables at the expo entrance now so you can get prepared for your presentation. For the rest of you, thank you for all of your hard work.

about 1 year ago

Congrats to our Sponsor Prize winners!

The sponsors have deliberated on all of your submissions and the results are in!


Sponsor Winners:  
Byton - 1st Place CAR-O-KE
Byton - 2nd Place Talk Talk
Viond - 1st Place A Trip to Space
Viond - 2nd Place Make A Change
Viond - 3rd Place World of Adventure
Viond - Honorable Mention Jump360
Visa - 1st Place Blindsight
Visa - 2nd Place AI Vision
Visa - 3rd Place Agri360
Amazon Alexa - 1st Place AI Vision
Amazon Alexa - 2nd Place LadyBeats
Amazon Alexa - 3rd Place Smart Plant IoT
Honorable Mentions Gaze VUI
Honorable Mentions Winnie

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about 1 year ago

Last chance to submit: Submissions close August 2!

There are only a few days left to finish up your project and submit it to the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon. Submissions are August 2 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.


If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.

about 1 year ago

Novartis Challenge Update!

Update from Novartis:

Have you been working on something truly innovative, but started before the hackathon began? We still want to see what you've been cooking up. Submit your project to Devpost regardless of when you started working on it. We'll be awarding up to $30,000 in prizes, including TWO first prizes – one for the hackathon challenge and another for our “Extended Innovation Challenge” (for teams that have worked on their solution before the hackathon started on June 5, 2018). Three more prizes will be awarded to the runner-up teams. 

The top five teams will be invited to a pitch competition, live at the Novartis…

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about 1 year ago

Visa Adds More Prizes - One Week Left!

Hi hackers!

There is only one week left for you to get your TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon submissions in and Visa’s added additional prizes to get you motivated!

We understand the time, energy and hard work it takes to get your submission in tip-top shape, so not only will we reward the top three Visa Challenge teams with over $14K in prizes but we have added additional prizes for those who use Visa APIs in their hack.

Prize 1 – Apple TV 4K:

  • Each member of the highest scoring team from among the first twenty (20) Visa Challenge submissions (but excluding…

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about 1 year ago

One week to go—the deadline is almost here!

The end is near! There’s only one week left to submit your software to the competition. Submissions are August 2 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.


If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.

about 1 year ago

Announcing our final sponsor contest: Novartis

We are excited to announce Novartis as our newest and final sponsor.  This gives you a chance to help empower heart failure patients and save lives! Plus, the prizes are incredible.

Heart failure is a chronic debilitating and potentially life-threatening disease affecting 26 million people worldwide. It is one of the most difficult and chronic heart diseases to manage and the biggest cause of hospital admissions in adults aged over 65 in the Western world (Source: Heart Failure). As a result, treatment costs, including hospitalizations, are estimated at $108 billion a year worldwide. About 25% of patients die within…

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about 1 year ago

Two weeks to go—submit early!

There are two weeks left to create your innovative software!

Submissions are due August 2 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

If you haven't started a submission yet, please do so now. (We’ll walk you through our submission form process if you need help.)  And if you've just recently joined the hackathon, explore the quick-start guide and check out the competition resources.


Submission checklist

Run through this list before you sit back from your project:

  • Have you built functioning software that includes a software component?
  • Have you created a submission video?…

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about 1 year ago

New Sponsor Contest By Amazon Alexa - Check it out

Just when you thought this hackathon couldn’t get any better - here is more great news for you!



We are excited to announce Amazon Alexa as our newest sponsor.  This gives you a chance to use the Alexa Skills Kit to build something cool and get a shot at their awesome bonus prizes:

  • First Prize: $5,000 + 10 Echo Spot devices
  • Second Prize: $2,000 + 10 Echo Spot devices
  • Third Prize: $1,000 + 10 Echo Spot devices

Get started with the Alexa Skills Kit today!

Head over to the Alexa Twitch channel to learn how to build engaging skills.…

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about 1 year ago

Submit for the Visa Challenge, $14K prize-pool

Hi Hackers!

Visa has officially announced their challenge and prize-pool for the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, we’ve got all the details below:



The Visa Developer Platform empowers developers to transform great ideas into new digital commerce experiences using Visa’s proprietary APIs.

Visa’s Challenge:

In this digital age, consumers expect seamless experiences personalized to their needs. Point of sale is no longer a destination—it's wherever and whenever the customer wants it.

Help Visa reshape commerce and accelerate digital payment acceptance. Build an app that enhances the customer journey and helps provide seamless, secure payment experiences.

Consider Visa’s unique payment network…

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about 1 year ago

Three weeks to go—start your submission now!

There are three weeks left in TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon! Avoid feeling rushed by getting your submission ready early. Submissions are August 2 before 5pm ET. Find out what time that is in your city.

If you haven’t already started a submission, you should do it now. And if you’re just getting started, read the official rules and follow the quick-start guide.

You can also get the lowdown on how our submission form works right here.


If you have any questions about the hackathon, please post on the discussion forum.

about 1 year ago

New Sponsor Contests From United Airlines & Sony Pictures!

When it comes to sponsor contests and bonus prizes there can never be enough!  

That’s why we couldn’t wait to share that United Airlines and Sony Pictures have joined as our newest sponsors.  These new sponsor challenges give you a chance to build something cool and get a shot at awesome bonus prizes!  

Here’s what they are all about:   

United Airlines:

Challenge: Create an app that helps provide customers with a unique experience with United Flight and ancillary offers, to book and pay for reservations and to view reservations. 
API Resources: Request special access to…

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about 1 year ago

One month left—start your submission

There’s one month remaining in TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon! Submissions are due August 2 before 5pm ET.

Start your submission now

Starting a submission is a good way to make sure that your app meets the requirements. There’s nothing worse than getting to the deadline, only to realize that you’re missing a key component. Remember: once you submit a project, you can keep editing it as needed at any time prior to the submission deadline. Need a primer on how the submission form works? Head over to our submission form tutorial.

Prepare your video

Don’t forget: your…

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about 1 year ago

Making a great submission video

We know as devs you’re expertise lies in building apps - so keep building! - however, the submission video needs time too! It's often the first (and sometimes only!) thing that judges and voters review.


Your video tells the story behind your submission, providing a clear to showcase your app and talent in a video:


  • Establish your elevator pitch. In the first few seconds of your video, explain the pain point that your app solvest. Within 60 seconds, viewers tend to lose interest, so use this time wisely to keep them engaged!
  • Show, don't tell. Providing real life…

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about 1 year ago

Fun Fact Friday

Did you know this year’s Disrupt SF Hackathon has awesome sponsor challenges?!

Not only does it give you a chance to build a cool app, but also gives you a shot at winning some bonus prizes!  Check them out below:


  1. Build the Best App using TomTom Maps API: $5,000 USD


  1. First Place: $5,000 USD & an invitation to a BYTON Co-creation Event to meet the creators of BYTON Life

  2. Second Place: $2,000 USD

  3. Third Place: $1,000 USD


  1. First Place: $1,000 USD & a 12-month Viond Enterprise license

  2. Second Place: $500 USD & a 12-month Viond Professional license

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about 1 year ago

Sponsor workshops announced!

Did you know that some of our sponsors are offering bonus prizes? Check out the requirements from each on the Sponsor Prizes tab. They are also hosting online workshops to help you get started.

Viond: Join Arthur Bax, Viond’s 360° Content Producer, Monday, July 9th at 2pm ET (Date changed*) for a short and powerful webinar on how to create a winning and interactive 360° experience using Viond.  Click here to register now.

TOMTOM: Join Gregory De Jans, TOMTOM's Head of Development, Wednesday, June 27th at 1pm ET for a workshop!  During this workshop, TomTom will elaborate on our TechCrunch…

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about 1 year ago

Quick-start guide

Thanks for joining TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon! You're officially registered now, and we’ll be sending you regular updates throughout the competition.

Here’s how to get started building your software. The submission period opens on June 5, 2018 and ends August 2, 2018, at 5pm ET.

  1. Get set up right. Decide what software you will be developing.  Remember to keep the submission requirements in mind and take a look at our sponsor APIs to get some ideas!  
  2. Get a head start on your submission. Fill out the basic fields on the application form and familiarize yourself with the submission requirements.…

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