Where Great Products Are Born in 24 Hours

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 Domain.com

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.

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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“