Preceding the Disrupt Conference is Hackathon weekend on May 7-8, 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.

Saturday, May 7:

  • 12:30pm - Registration opens. Network and form your hack teams
  • 1:30pm - Hacking Kickoff
  • 2:00pm - API Workshops begin
  • 7:00pm - Dinner
  • Midnight - Pizza and Beer - Sponsored by

Sunday, May 8:

  • 7:00am - Breakfast served
  • 9:30am - Hacking concludes and hacks submitted to wiki
  • 10:00am - General public welcome to enter to attend hackathon presentations
  • 11:00am - Hackathon presentations begin
  • 2:00pm* - Hackathon will conclude with final awards and recognition will be provided by the judges. *The final awards may be held earlier or later depending on the duration of hack presentations.

Hackathon Sponsors


$82,000 in prizes

Disrupt NYC 2016 Overall Winner!


Amazon Alexa (4)

Best use of Amazon Alexa in a voice user experience. The winning team will receive an echo for each team member (up to four).

Cisco (3)

Cisco will be giving away DJI Phantom 3 Standard drones and BB8 Spheros (5 of each) for the best use of our Cloud Collaboration APIs in a hack


Best use of Esri ArcGIS mapping technology wins $5,000! ($2,500 cash, plus $2,500 valued ArcGIS Online subscription).

HARMAN International (2)

Best Overall use of Everest Headphones SDK:
Winning team receives a max of 5 Everest Headphones 5 Pulse 2 Speakers
​&​ 5 Omni 10 Speakers

Best Overall use of Everest Headphones SDK:
Winning team receives a max of 5 Everest Headphones 5 Pulse 2 Speakers
​&​ 5 Omni 10 Speakers

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Come build with us! 1st prize will receive $5,000.00 (All developers who use our API in the hackathon will also get a T-shirt.)

IBM Watson

Apple Watch (each member of the winning team up to five members)

Microsoft - Office Apps and Add-ins Contest (3)

• 1st place – $3,000
• 2nd place – $1500
• 3rd place – $500

Microsoft - Office 365 Connectors Contest

• 1st place – $3,000
• 2nd place – $1500
• 3rd place – $500

pmdtechnologies (3)

1st Place $5000


The best use of Twilio’s API will score you an Amazon Tap for each member of the team.


• 1st place – $3000
• 2nd place – $1500
• 3rd place – $500

Radix (2)

Radix is offering prizes worth $5000 for the best project using a Radix domain name (.TECH, .SPACE, .ONLINE, .SITE, .PRESS, .WEBSITE and .HOST).

1st prize - $3000
2nd Prize - $2000

.CLUB Domain

Use a .CLUB domain for your hackathon project & WIN $5,000!

PLUS get a FREE .CLUB domain with hosting from

- Use a .CLUB domain as the primary domain for your project to enter.
- Mention your .CLUB domain during judging
- $5000 prize for the best use of a .CLUB domain/project.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Nicholas Chirls

Nicholas Chirls
Partner, Notation Capital

Kathryn Finney

Kathryn Finney
Managing Director, digitalundivided (DID)

Jean Lauer

Jean Lauer
Founder, Sweeten

Charlie O’Donnell

Charlie O’Donnell
Sole Partner and Founder, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Saron Yitbarek

Saron Yitbarek
Founder, CodeNewbie

Judging Criteria

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

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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