Where Great Products Are Born in 24 Hours

Preceding the Disrupt Conference is Hackathon weekend on September 16-17, 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.

API Workshops

2pm - Esri

2:30pm - Amazon Alexa

3:00pm - AWS-Amazon Web Services

Hackathon Sponsors


$38,400 in prizes

Overall Winner

$5000 and ALL the bragging rights...

Runners Up (2)


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

Hyphenate (3)

The best / most creative use of Hyphenate’s In-App Chat SDKs & API in a mobile app will win $3,000, 2nd place will win $1,000, AND stay tuned for an additional prize for each member of the winning teams, to be announced!

Verizon & MapQuest (3)

Verizon and MapQuest, a Verizon company, are giving away $5,000 to the top teams utilizing both ThingSpace and MapQuest APIs (including Device Messaging, Smart Cities and Geospatial APIs).1st Place- $3,000 / 2nd Place- $1,500 / 3rd Place $500

Arity (2)

The Arity Hackathon Challenge tasks you with building an app that helps improve mobility. $2,500 for best use of Arity SDK in conjunction with any other technology of your choice, deployed on any device. And, $2,500 for best use of Arity APIs (Mobility Trends, Risk Index, Safe Alerts) in conjunction with any other technology of your choice, deployed on any device


We’re offering $5000 to the team that comes up with the best use of the Nexmo Communication APIs. We’ll be looking at: how well your hack solves a problem, the quality of your presentation (not your slideware), how innovative you are, and how integral Nexmo is to what you have built. We’ll be really impressed with those who combine the use of our Voice WebSocket Feature with AI and bot technology.

Amazon Alexa (2)

The Alexa Challenge winning team will receive one Echo Show each. To win the Alexa Challenge, the winning team must create the best skill that customers would use on a regular basis (habit tracker, daily use).


The Accenture Hackathon Social Impact Challenge tasks you with building an app that helps improve the lives of those affected after a catastrophic disaster. In an emergency, such as Hurricane Harvey, your neighbors may be the first to help. How can we: 1. Let the victims of a natural disaster notify everyone of where they are and what their status is? 2. Help rescuers coordinate efforts across all agencies to find and rescue victims? 3. How can we keep everyone apprised of real time changes in the weather and road conditions? 4. Help evacuees get the shelter, food and water they need? 5. Communicate on a massive individual scale to coordinate this effort? $5,000 will be given to the top team that utilizes existing APIs in conjunction with any other technology of their choice to create a first in class solution.

Hashgraph by Swirlds

We have built a state-of-the-art distributed ledger technology that enables the creation of applications with high transaction throughput, low consensus latency, fairness in transaction order, and enterprise-grade security, without the burdensome costs of proof-of-work. We will award $5,000 to the team that can build the most interesting and innovative application on our platform that demonstrates the use-cases and true potential of our technology.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Frederique Dame

Frederique Dame

Maria Zhang

Maria Zhang
CTO, Tinder

Dr. Marily Nika

Dr. Marily Nika

Amanda Richardson

Amanda Richardson
Chief Data and Strategy Officer, Hotel Tonight

Parul Vora

Parul Vora
Wikipedia / Stanford / MIT

Judging Criteria

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

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