Preceding the Disrupt Conference is Hackathon weekend on September 10-11, where developers and engineers descend from all over the world to take part in a 24-hour hacking endurance test. Teams join forces to build a new product, present it on the Disrupt stage to a panel of expert judges and an audience of tens of thousands and compete for a variety of prizes, including the chance to win free tickets to the Disrupt Conference. Products created at the Disrupt Hackathon have seen great success beyond the event, like GroupMe which was created overnight and ultimately acquired by Skype for $80M.

Hackathon Sponsors


$327,500 in prizes

Overall Winner!

$5000 for the overall best hackathon project! Plus - insane bragging rights!

2nd Place

3rd Place

TechCrunch/Crunchbase/WP data hack

$5000 for the best project using TechCrunch story data. More info here.

Amazon Alexa

Team with the ‘Best Voice User Experience Using Amazon Alexa’ will win Amazon Echos for the whole team.


Best use of Esri ArcGIS mapping technology wins $5,000! ($2500 cash, plus $2500 valued ArcGIS Online subscription).


The best use of Twilio's API will score you a Pebble Classic Smart Watch for each member of the team.


MapQuest wants to help our top team of hackers enjoy more out of life. Find your next adventure with $5,000 from MapQuest. You'll receive $5,000 in gift cards to put towards your next vacation.

1 free .CLUB domain registration, 1 free year of Basic Web Hosting, and 1 free year of Domain Privacy & $5000

Verizon (3)

Best use of Verizon ThingSpace Device Messaging APIs or Personal Cloud Storage APIs in an IoT application wins: 1st Place $3000 / 2nd Place $1500 / 3rd Place $500.

IBM Watson

Win an Apple Watch Sport (each member of the winning, team up to five members) with the new IBM Watson Conversation Service.


Win $5,000 by using a Radix Domain name for your hackathon project.
- All Domains names are FREE for Hackathon Participants
- Mention your domain name on stage during judging
- Radix Domain should be the primary domain for hosting your project

SoftBank Robotics America (3)

1st place – $3,000, 2nd place – $1500 & 3rd place – $500 - Each winning team will also be offered the opportunity to take advantage of the SBRA workshop in San Francisco to finish their product. Out of pocket costs for team will be considered on a case by case basis depending on where the team are based.

Cisco (2)

Prize: 1st Place -- Best use of Cisco’s cloud collaboration APIs: DJI Phantom 3 Standard drone for each member of the winning team (up to 5 members). 2nd Place -- Best use of Cisco’s cloud collaboration APIs: Apple Watch for each member of the winning team (up to 5 members).

SAP Hybris

The team with best use of Profile Graph APIs wins $5000


$5,000 will be awarded to the hacker or team with the most innovative integration of Braintree's SDKs

ZTE (2)

An Axon 7 to the winner of Best Mobile Design and an Spro 2 to the Best Mobile Concept.


The team with the best use of the HERE Location Platform wins $5,000 in prizes.

US Department of Commerce

Build something that will further the impact or research into energy efficiency. Winners will meet with the Secretary of the Department of Commerce, Secretary Penny Pritzker.

Harman International: Best use of Everest Headphones SDK

Winning team receives up to 5 Everest Elite Headphones, Pulse 2 Speakers and Omni 10 Speakers. (value of $2,500)​

Harman International: Best use of Pulse 2 SDk

Winning team receives a max of 5 Everest Headphones and 5 Pulse 2 Speakers (value of $2,500)

Panasonic Avionics (3)

Winner receives $5000 for most creative and innovative use of Panasonic Avionics' InFlight APIs; including the use of other Sponsor APIs with our framework. Runner up team will receive tickets to Disrupt. All developers who use our APIs in the Hackathon will receive a commemorative T-shirt!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Chris Rill

Chris Rill
CTO, Canary

Jeff Queisser

Jeff Queisser
Co-founder and SVP Engineering, Box

Michal Segalov

Michal Segalov
Google Play Product Lead

Ryan Broshar

Ryan Broshar
Director, Techstars Retail

Emily Zhao

Emily Zhao
Software Engineer, AirBNB

John Melas-Kyriazi

John Melas-Kyriazi
Senior Associate, Spark Capital

Bonnie Schulkin

Bonnie Schulkin
Instructor, Hackbright Academy

Judging Criteria

  • Scale of Awesome
    Judges will be focusing on creativity, cleverness, and that deep-down sense of “Whoaaaaaaa"

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