2 days 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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6 days 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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8 days 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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9 days 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.

12 days 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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16 days 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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21 days 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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26 days 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 month 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 month 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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