Amazon Alexa

Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon Echo, provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice. Examples of skills include the ability to play music, answer general questions, set an alarm or timer, and more. The Alexa Skills Kit is a collection of self-service APIs, tools, documentation and code samples that make it fast and easy for you to add skills to Alexa. You can also use the Smart Home Skill API, a new addition to the Alexa Skills Kit, to easily teach Alexa how to control your cloud-controlled lighting and thermostat devices. All of the code runs in the cloud and nothing is on any user device.

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



ArcGIS is the Location Platform for Apps. Quickly add maps/geo to your apps using Esri's online services and SDKs. Develop in the API of your choice and deploy on any device. Sign-up for a free developer account at using voucher, TCSF2016. Our Developer Accounts provide you access to ready-to-use content (points of interest, demographics etc), Geofencing (Geotrigger Service), Directions & routing, Spatial Analysis, Offline support, Visualization, Geocoding, Imagery, and more. View documentation here:

ArcGIS is the Location Platform for Apps. Quickly add maps/geo to your apps using Esri's online services and SDKs. Stop by Esri’s table during the event to learn more. We will have full stack developers’ onsite to support your hacks into the wee hours of the night!

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


Contact:, @EsriStartups.


Programmable SMS, Programmable voice, Sync. Programmable video, Authy


MapQuest allows developers to incorporate location-based functionality and build a geospatial-focused project across web, mobile web, native mobile and desktop. Developers can leverage our core geospatial platform that powers and our mobile apps, which are used by millions of users every month. Our powerful geospatial platform includes various mapping clients and several web services including Directions API, Geocoding API, Search API and more.

View documentation to learn more about our available SDKs and APIs for your project:

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.,

We're awarding the team that best uses a .CLUB domain name for their submitted project. We'll be judging on a variety of criteria, including the domain's relevance to the project, the creativity and/or innovation of the project and domain, and the design of the project's website.

Best use of .CLUB domain for your submitted project - $5,000 plus 1 free .CLUB domain registration, 1 free year of Basic Web Hosting, and 1 free year of Domain Privacy

Slack: domaindotcom,



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.

Develop your hack using the ThingSpace IoT development platform at We give you access to Device Messaging APIs, Personal Cloud Storage APIs, API simulators and documentation. In addition, IoT enabler kits will be provided for use by each team. The kits come with a variety of sensors and a robust set of interfaces.

IBM Watson

IBM Watson combines a number of cognitive techniques to help you build and train a bot - defining intents and entities and crafting dialog to simulate conversation. The system can then be further refined with supplementary technologies to make the system more human-like or to give it a higher chance of returning the right answer. Watson Conversation allows you to deploy a range of bots via many channels, from simple, narrowly focused Bots to much more sophisticated, full-blown virtual agents across mobile devices, messaging platforms like Slack, or even through a physical robot.


Win $5,000 by using a Radix Domain name for your hackathon project. Choose from .TECH, .STORE, .ONLINE, .SPACE, .SITE, .HOST, .PRESS and .WEBSITE

  • 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

Contest Details: Leverage available SDK's and the appropriate scripts for Pepper, the humanoid robots, to create compelling, interactive applications that could be used in real world environments

Contest Eligibility: All participants in the SoftBank Robotics Hackathon must be proficient with Python, C++ and/or Java Judging Criteria Categories:

  • Be creative! We're looking for imaginative applications that delight users.
  • The application must interact with people by leveraging at minimum the following API's: Animation, Dialog, and Tablet.
  • Preference will be given to additional API usage in clever and imaginative ways.
  • Declare an interesting use-case and show how your application solves it.
  • We're are interested but not limited to the following areas where Pepper might be used: Retail, Hospitality, Entertainment, Education, Travel, and Health Care.

API / SDK / Tech Tools Description (120 words max): Choregraphe is a visual IDE used to create, test, and deploy applications to both virtual Peppers and physical Peppers. Available for Mac, PC, and Linux. Pepper SDK's allow developers to integrate the robot features and functionality found in Pepper with their applications. Developers can choose from Python, C++, Java, and just recently announced, Android. Please note the Android SDK is new and not as mature as the other SDKs. Android SDK:

Python, C++, Java SDKs:

URL to API Documentation, signup forms or informational landing webpage.

Hugh Hyde Page:


Cisco Spark is about making work easier - connecting teams and apps in one place to improve productivity, deepen customer engagement, or solve business problems. Start a conversation or team, send messages, post content, call anyone from anywhere, or share your screen. Build an innovative and working solution, integration or bot using our Spark APIs. We have voice and messaging APIs to add real-time communications. You can use our open APIs in tandem with other APIs to create something unique!

  • 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)., @chloemkauffman

SAP Hybris

Challenge Details:

Use the power and flexibility of YaaS micro-services around commerce and customer profile graphs to react and interact with customers in a much more personal way. Create magic moments for consumers by understanding a customer's motivation and intent, in real-time. Predict, Analyze, Conclude.

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

Getting Started:

Hackathon Quickstart:

API Documentation: is a legal, billing and development framework. It lets Developers utilize services already available to build application atop and let Businesses discover, combine and consume business APIs and Microservices.


Create builder modules to manage your services by using Builder CLI; in the spirit of “you build it, you run it”


A centralized information hub and a dynamic community for developer.

YaaS Market:

A marketplace to combine and consume business APIs and Microservice




Braintree makes it easy to accept payments in your app or website. Get integrated quickly using our guides and select from our range of client SDKs (available for iOS, Android, and web) and server SDKs (available in Ruby, Python, PHP, Java, .NET, and Node.js) to help you collect payment information and run transactions.


Get started:

John Frost and David Nunn:,

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


One contest will be “Best Mobile Design” and one will be “Best Mobile Concept”. We will award an Axon 7 to the winner of Best Mobile Design and an Spro 2 to the Best Mobile Concept.


Participate in the HERE hackathon contest during TechCrunch Disrupt to bring location solutions to life.

HERE has cross-platform APIs to solve real-world location problems: positioning, geocoding, routing, indoor mapping, traffic and more. As the leader in location intelligence, HERE allows developers to incorporate location services and IoT enhancements. The team with the best use of the HERE Location Platform wins $5,000 in prizes.


US Department of Commerce

Use NIST's Net Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF) data to create either a data product with a viable business model that helps homes become smarter and more efficient or some visual analytics to extract meaningful insight. 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


Hack our hardware. The developer or team to create the best tangible use case of the following HARMAN SDKs/APIs will win our Headphone & Speaker Swag Kits.


Best Overall use of Everest Headphones SDK: Winning team receives a max of 5 Everest Headphones and 5 Pulse 2 Speakers (value of $2,500)

Best Overall use of ​Pulse 2 SDK: Winning team receives a max of 5 Everest Headphones and 5 Pulse 2 Speakers (value of $2,500)

Also, ask us about how to ""hack & keep"" outside of placing Best Overall. Join the slack channel #hacknkeep via for more details. ​ We are providing two different SDKs for the first commercial readily available hackable headphones (Everest Elite) and the first glance-able speaker to market (Pulse 2). See additional instructions below:

  1. SDK’s will be available at: Pulse 2: Everest Elite:

  2. Ready for some gear? One team member is required to register each person and join our Slack community:

After registration, an auto-email will be sent to your email inviting you to join our community in the #tcdisrupt-sf channel.

  1. SDK Workshop will be hosted in our booth area.

  2. All documents, and links will be posted in the #tcdisrupt-sf​ channel where we will use as an additional way to field questions and comments.

Panasonic Avionics

The SDKs are available online after signing in. All APIs connect to Panasonic servers and require you to be online to run your app. JS SDK — The APIs are hosted online.

Please point your web app script tag to

iOS/Android — The SDK can be downloaded after signing in. The SDK includes sample app projects that can be used as a starting point. A key is needed to use the APIs. Before the event starts, you will receive an email with the key and a link to download the SDK.

Winner receives $5000 for most creative and innovative use of Panasonic Avionics' InFlight APIs. All developers who use our APIs in the Hackathon will receive a commemorative T-shirt!




Ziggeo has an award-winning API for the first responsive video player and video recorder. Record/play user-generated videos. Just 2 lines of code.

TechCrunch, Crunchbase, and

Build a product using TechCrunch’s 156,000 published articles and the vast information contained within Crunchbase. In partnership with Automatic’s VIP team and Crunchbase, we’re granting access to all the published articles in TechCrunch’s CMS and the Crunchbase API.

More info on the APIs:

All teams who earn a score of 3 or higher will win two free tickets to the main Disrupt conference on September 12-14. The winning team will get $5,000 in cash to share and loads of glory.