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Register for Accelerate SF 2016 hackathon. Designers and Developers who participate get a $20 PRO pass to
DeveloperWeek 2016 Conference + Festival



Build a new startup

Participants can build any startup app idea (from scratch) over 30 hours. You can network with our mentors to get tech help and feedback - and proceed through 2 rounds of judging!

Solve Crowd Challenges

Help solve real-world problems by posting and browsing through dozens of crowd-powered challenges on Accelerate.im/Challenges/

Apply to Sponsored Challenges

Compete to solve sponsored challenges and win $100,000+ in cash / products / services by building on sponsored technology!

Form Project Teams Online

You can form project teams and join project teams by browsing the Project page of Accelerate.im!



  • Teams can build apps from scratch (Mobile App / Consumer Web App / Business Web App). Teams can solve no challenges (build whatever you want) or can submit to as many Accelerate.im challenges as they want.
  • All hackathon prizes will be sponsor prizes. The sponsors will choose their own prizes and choose their own prize winners during Day 2 of the hackathon.
  • There will be 2 rounds of judging on Day 2. During Round One, judges will hear the pitches from all teams building on their technology and fill out a scoring sheet on each team.
  • The top 10 project teams will pitch on the main stage.
  • Because of the sheer number of participants and teams, participants will not be able to organize teams by pitching their ideas on day one. They can however post projects to the Accelerate.im network and contact other members about joining projects.

9:00 AM
Doors Open / Registration Opens/ Breakfast!

10:00 AM
Main Stage Kick-off Talks and Sponsor Talks

12:30 PM
Lunch + Networking

12:00 PM
Technical Workshops Round 1

1:00 PM
Technical Workshops Round 2

2:00 PM
Technical Workshops Round 3

3:00 PM
Technical Workshops Round 4

4:00 PM
Technical Workshops Round 5

5:00 PM
Technical Workshops Round 6

6:30 PM
Mentorship Dinner

11:00 PM
Doors Close
You cannot work overnight

10:00 AM
Doors Open / Registration Opens/ Breakfast!

12:30 PM

2:00 PM
Judges each visit their 10 assigned tables and hear 2 minute pitches (1 Hour 30 Minutes)

3:30 PM
Hackathon teams visit the sponsors to pitch their projects. Recommneded that teams contact sponsors via Accelerate.im app to scheduled pitch time (1 Hour 30 Minutes)

3:30 PM
Overall Judges votes tallied, top 10 teams are told they have 45 minutes to test presentations (45 Minutes)

4:15 PM
Top 10 teams test presentations using AV Equipment (45 Minutes)

5:30 PM
Top 10 teams pitch (45 Minutes)

6:00 PM
Overall winners announced and sponsored winners announced on stage (30 Minutes)

7:00 PM
Doors Close

Sponsored Challenges

Build the best in-app support experience with Zendesk Build the best in-app support experience with Zendesk

$7500 in prize value

There are a lot of challenges when building a new app, and creating an amazing support experience is often one of the things that gets swept under the...

IBM Bluemix Challenge IBM Bluemix Challenge

$6000 in prize value

IBM will award prizes to the top team building solutions that can be run on IBM Bluemix, IBM's Platform as a Service offering, that leverage any or...

Build an App that Makes Printed Content Come to Life Build an App that Makes Printed Content Come to Life

$5500 in prize value

HP's Link API enables you to add imperceptible watermarks to digital images and link those marks to online experiences, for example a video or web...

Radically Simplify the Lives of Small Business Owners using Intuit's QuickBooks Online API Radically Simplify the Lives of Small Business Owners using Intuit's QuickBooks Online API

$3750 in prize value

We're looking for the most innovative app solution to a small biz problem that uses the QuickBooks API to do it. Why build for Intuit QBO? With...

Build innovative cloud-, mobile-, or IOT-apps powered by HP Haven OnDemand Build innovative cloud-, mobile-, or IOT-apps powered by HP Haven OnDemand

$2895 in prize value

Big Data changes everything. Your challenge is to build the most innovative cloud-, mobile-, or IOT-app powered by HP IDOL OnDemand (part of the HP...

Bring Social to the enterprise with the Yammer API Bring Social to the enterprise with the Yammer API

$2400 in prize value

Yammer will be awarding the best and most creative use of the Yammer API

Enhance Someone's Digital Memory Using the OneNote API Enhance Someone's Digital Memory Using the OneNote API

$2400 in prize value

OneNote is looking for the most creative and useful integration with the OneNote API. Bonus points for checking out and using the new APIs available...

HP Helion Development Platform Challenge HP Helion Development Platform Challenge

$2100 in prize value

You are challenged to create the best cloud aware application, written in Java, Python, Ruby, PHP, Go or Node.js -- and utilizes our HP Helion...

Find the Expert Find the Expert

$1500 in prize value

OMG how will I ever update this Objective CAML project that I inherited after the previous maintainer retired? Boss is on me to get it fixed as its...

Virool - Fraud Detection Tool Challenge! Virool - Fraud Detection Tool Challenge!

$1300 in prize value

Fraud is a big problem for online ad exchanges and accounts for 5-95% of traffic on many exchanges & are hard to detect due to improving technology....

Office 365 Productivity Hacks Office 365 Productivity Hacks

$1100 in prize value

1) Use Office 365 to capture and store the information about your various hacks and projects that you've started. Then build any kind of app (iOS,...

DevCasa Store It All Hack - The Bitcasa Challenge DevCasa Store It All Hack - The Bitcasa Challenge

$1100 in prize value

Let's face it, every apps needs cloud storage. CloudFS is a plug & play file system including upload, download, and share functionality, designed to...

Build an awesome Outlook.com app and reach millions of users Build an awesome Outlook.com app and reach millions of users

$1050 in prize value

Outlook.com is looking for great apps that appeal to a broad set of consumers. We'd love to see what you can create using our easy-to-use API. We...

Revolutionize Communications with the Sinch API Revolutionize Communications with the Sinch API

$1000 in prize value

Use the Sinch SDKs to add calling, messaging, and SMS in your iOS and Android apps. We will pick a winner based on use of platform, business...

Housing & Affordability in San Francisco Housing & Affordability in San Francisco

$1000 in prize value

How to identify and overcome San Francisco's lack of affordable housing?

Renters' Rights in San Francisco Renters' Rights in San Francisco

$1000 in prize value

How to strengthen renters' rights by connecting renters with the City of San Francisco?

Landlords & Tenants in San Francisco Landlords & Tenants in San Francisco

$1000 in prize value

How to improve the relationship of landlords and tenants in San Francisco?

Creative Use of the Traitify API Creative Use of the Traitify API

$1000 in prize value

We would love to see a social and creative use of our API.

Creative Use of the Traitify API Inspire the way the world travels with Sabre® Dev Studio!

$1000 in prize value

Infuse travel into your applications with Sabre APIs. Sabre Dev Studio (developer.sabre.com/) includes a portfolio of over 100 SOAP APIs and a...

Mojio Connected Car Challenge Mojio Connected Car Challenge

$750 in prize value

By 2020, there will be nearly 250 internet connected cars on the road. These newly connected drivers will be searching for unique and exciting ways to...

Add Video Calling, Messaging, and More to Your App With the Respoke API Add Video Calling, Messaging, and More to Your App With the Respoke API

$700 in prize value

Push the boundaries of interactivity by adding real-time communications to your web app! Build a next-generation customer service workflow, use the...

Best Use of Aerospike Technology Best Use of Aerospike Technology

$700 in prize value

We will award the group with best use of Aerospike at a top rated restaurant with the founders.

Mailjet API Challenge Mailjet API Challenge

$650 in prize value

Team that best uses one of Mailjet's APIs in their project will win up to 3 Chromebooks.

Getting compliant with TaxRates API Getting compliant with TaxRates API

$500 in prize value

We're looking for teams to integrate TaxRates API into their innovative creations. Calculating Sales Tax accurately is a challenge especially with...

Use Chef to Deploy an Awesome Application Use Chef to Deploy an Awesome Application

$500 in prize value

The folks over at CodeMontage have done an amazing job of collecting projects that help make the world a better place. We want to help these projects...

Best app using 3D Best app using 3D

$500 in prize value

We ♥ 3D! If you ♥ 3D too, then visit the Autodesk table to find out how Autodesk Web APIs will help enhance your web and mobile applications...

Pusher API Pusher API

$500 in prize value

Integrate cool realtime features into your app via Pusher API and win a prize from Pusher!

Package Tracking with the Slice API Package Tracking with the Slice API

$500 in prize value

Use the Slice API to build an app that identifies when a user's e-commerce purchase has shipped, and keeps that user up-to-date with his or her...

Use MongoLab to store your Application's Data Use MongoLab to store your Application's Data

$300 in prize value

Any application/project that uses MongoLab is eligible for the prize. We look forward to seeing what you hack up! Sign up with the following URL...

Use Golgi for flexible network delivery Use Golgi for flexible network delivery

$250 in prize value

Download and use the Golgi library to add to flexible networking to your existing client/server app. The Golgi library supports any node in the...

Crittercism Crittercism

$250 in prize value

Crittercism is the leading mobile application performance management tool for iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8, Hybrid and HTML5 apps. Providing services...

Inbound Email Processing Challenge Inbound Email Processing Challenge

$240 in prize value

Create an application that best uses Mailjet's Parse API (receiving emails: http://dev.mailjet.com/guides/parse-api-guide/). The prompt is pretty...






Ricardo Alcocer

Director of Developer Relations and Training, Appcelerator

Matthew Armstrong

Platform Marketing Manager,

Ryan Baxter

Developer Advocate,

Michael Bendig

Sales and Business Development Specialist,

Dash Desai

Developer Evangelist,

Bradley Holt

Developer Advocate,
IBM Cloudant

Sean Hughes

Senior Manager, Developer Programs,

Neha Jain

Software Engineer,

Joe Jasin

Partner / Chair,
DNA Partners / SVForum

Victor Kovalev

VP of Engineering,

Komal Mangtani

VP Engineering,
Box Inc

Mari Miyachi

Software Engineer,

Sana Nasar

Software Engineer,

Dontae Rayford

New Business Development,

Tristan Sokol

Head of West Coast Developer Relations,

Anthony Stevens

Solution Architect, Watson Cognitive Computing,

Diane Tate

Program Manager,


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CTO Emerging Technology, IBM

Eric Fleming

Director of Development, Traitify

Scott Ford

Solutions Engineer, Chef

Phil Leggetter

Head of Developer Evangelism, Pusher

Tyler Nappy

Mailjet, Developer Evangelist

Tom Prats

Developer, Traitify

Kyle Tyacke

Developer Evangelist, Respoke

Mike Whitmarsh

HP Web Services Developer, Hewlett-Packard


Who can participate in the hackathon?

The Accelerate 2016 hackathon (the kick-off to DeveloperWeek 2016) is open to any registered attendee to participate. You can be a developer, designer, biz dev person, idea person, or anything in between.

What types of projects can hackathon teams work on?

Hackathon teams can work on any type of project (web apps, mobile apps, wearable solutions, data visualizations, algorithms, even video presentations or visual mock-ups) however all of the hackathon prizes are sponsored prizes for teams that best utilize sponsor technology. Most of these sponsor technologies are only relevant for web and mobile applications, and 95%+ of teams will end up building web and mobile applications.

How do I form a hackathon team?

You can form a hackathon team before the hackathon (either with friends / co-workers or you can find team members and projects on the Accelerate.im app). Most participants will find teams at the hackathon kick-off (Saturday at 10:00 AM) either by hearing the idea pitches or by finding a project team to join via the Accelerate.im application. Only project admins can add team members to their team via the application, and they can add team members until Sunday at 2:00 PM.

How do project teams get judged?

When it comes to winning a sponsor’s prize, your team is responsible for demoing the project to the sponsor between 3:30 PM PST and 5:00 PM PST on Sunday. Sponsors are solely responsible for choosing which teams win their prizes.

Between 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM a judge (who may be another sponsor, conference speaker, investor, or expert) will visit your table and hear your 2-minute product pitch. Projects will mainly be judged on 1) Progress on the solution 2) Communication of the idea and 3) Would this make a viable innovative startup that could grow into a company?

Who owns the technology that hackathon teams produce?

The teams that work on the projects own the project technologies, however ‘just being a team member’ at the hackathon does not mean that you get to own any code or IP that your teammates (or the audience) produce in the future based on the idea. Any ideas you pitch or share at the hackathon are released into the ‘public domain’ and we do not require attendees to sign non-disclosure agreements! It’s just a hackathon -- if you’re worried about people stealing your startup idea -- then this might not be the right place to unveil it.

Does the hackathon, its sponsors, or mentors provide any assistance to teams?

Almost all the sponsors are available to help you with your project (even if you’re not even using their technology!) You can contact the sponsors directly online through Accelerate.im. We will also have a list of mentors you can contact for specific help.


Hackathon Anti-Harassment & Intellectual Property Policy

We also ask all participants to be in compliance with the Hack Code of Conduct Terms.

All hackathon participants are required to agree with the following Code of Conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Please report any incidents or concerns to the event staff, or contact ric@devnetwork.com

I. Code of Conduct

We fully support appropriate behavior by all participants at technical events, including all hackathon conferences. We expect all attendees, sponsors, partners, volunteers, and staff to help us make the hackathon a place that welcomes and respects all participants, regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, national origin, ethnicity, or religion. We will not tolerate harassment of conference participants in person, online, or in any other form.

Examples of harassment include offensive comments, verbal threats or demands, overly sexualized images in public spaces, intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of sessions or events, and unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention.

We expect all participants—attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers—to follow the Code of Conduct during the hackthon. This includes conference-related social events at off-site locations, and in related online communities and social media. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

We thank our participants for your help in keeping the event welcoming, respectful, and friendly to all participants.

II. Anti-Harassment

Our hackathon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, photography or audio/video recording against reasonable consent, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Overly sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at any hackathon venue, including hacks, talks, workshops, parties, social media and other online media.

Photography is encouraged, but other participants must be given a reasonable chance to refuse being photographed. If they object to being photographed, comply with their request. It is inappropriate to take photographs in contexts where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy e.g. in bathrooms or where participants are sleeping.

Hacks created at our hackathon are equally subject to the anti-harassment policy.

Sponsors, partners, exhibitors, and volunteers are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use overly sexualized images, activities, or other material. Sponsor representatives should not use overly sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of hackathon staff immediately. Hackathon staff will happily help participants contact any local security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the hackathon.

Hackathon participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the hackathon without a refund (if applicable) at the discretion of the hackathon organizers. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the hackathon organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the hackathon with no refund.

We expect participants to follow these rules at hackathon and workshop venues and hackathon-related social events. We value your attendance.

Please report any incidents or concerns to the event staff, or contact ric@devnetwork.com

III. Intellectual Property Policy

A. Intellectual Property Rights

Any submission to the hackathon remains the intellectual property of the individual or organizations that developed it. We encourage participants to open source their projects to both share their hacks with the greater community and promote innovation in this space.

B. Protection of Intellectual Property

By submitting a hackathon entry or accepting any prize, participants represent and warrant the following: 1) participants will not submit content that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret, or otherwise subject to third-party intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless the participant is the owner of such rights or has permission from the rightful owner to post the content and to grant the hackathon all of the rights granted herein; 2) the participant will not publish falsehoods or misrepresentations that could damage the hackathon, its sponsors, or any third party; 3) the participant will not submit content that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, encourages criminal activity, gives rise to civil liability, or is otherwise inappropriate or destructive to the hackathon's or sponsors' brand image or goodwill; 4) the participant will not post advertisements or solicitations of business; 5) the hackathon will not be obligated to pay any compensation to, or permit any participation by, any third party in connection with the use, reproduction, modification, publication, display, or other exploitation of any of the content that the participant submits; and 6) the content the participant submits does not contain any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, or other disabling devices or harmful code.

By posting or submitting a hackathon entry to the Contest (regardless of the form or medium of such content), the participant hereby grants the hackathon and its sponsors, their respective affiliates, their affiliates' agents, and third-party contractors a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license, with the right to sublicense, discuss, publicize, market, and otherwise display content derived from or relating to the hackathon entry ("Marketing Content"), and to distribute and use such Marketing Content for promotional and marketing purposes either in the form submitted or in the form of a derivative or adapted work. The participant understands that he or she will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your hackathon entry, other than what is described in these Official Contest Rules.

C. Copyright

The participant represents and warrants that he or she is the sole author and copyright owner of the submission, and that the submission is the participant’s original work. If the submission is a work based on an existing application, the participant warrants: 1) that he or she has acquired sufficient rights to use and to authorize others to use the submission as specified in the “Intellectual Property Rights” section of the Rules, 2) that the Submission does not infringe upon any copyright or upon any other third-party rights of which the participant is aware, and 3) that the submission is free of malware.

III. General

A. Eligibility

The hackathon organizers will have the right at their sole discretion to determine whether an entrant is eligible for the Contest. The hackathon may disqualify entries that: 1) are in violation of third-party rights, law, or regulation, 2) use inappropriate or explicit language or images, or 3) display content that the hackathon or its sponsors otherwise finds objectionable or inconsistent with the hackathon’s or its sponsors' brand image or goodwill.

The hackathon will accept only those entries that are completed and submitted as described above and that conform to any technical requirements specified as part of the entry process. Entries that do not comply with the provisions of these Official Contest Rules will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered.

B. Winner Selection/Judging Criteria

The Contest winners will be selected by a panel of judges ("Judges").

By submitting any hackathon entry, entrants release the hackathon, its sponsors, their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents, and advisors from any and all liability for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the decisions of the Judges.

C. Awards

Contest prizes are non-transferable by the winner. Accepting a prize, makes a prize recipient solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting such prize.

D. Conduct

By entering this contest, participants agree to be bound by this policy. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the hackathon reserves the right to change this policy at any time. Participants further agree to be bound by the decisions of the hackathon and the judges which shall be final and binding in all respects. The hackathon reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual that violates this or any other hackathon policy, and acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person.

Please report any incidents or concerns to the event staff, or contact ric@devnetwork.com