TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon Details!

The fourth annual TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon is just around the corner! Spend an intense 24 hours hacking, learning and presenting with the Bay Area’s finest developers.On Sunday morning, you’ll have a chance to demo your hack in front of hundreds of audience members. Our group of select judges will choose several teams to present their hacks on Wednesday in the Hackathon Highlights from 2:30pm – 4pm.

Over 900 people have already registered. Join them and be a part of what’s shaping up to be an exciting weekend.

Register here.

Read more about the schedule, speakers, and judges below.

The Schedule


Check-in for the Hackathon begins Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. at the San Francisco Design Center Concourse (Google Map). Arrive with a brown bag lunch (or eat ahead of time) so you are ready to learn & hack.

To help you in your hacking conquests, we’ve got some top-of-the line industry talent leading some great workshops starting at 2 p.m.:

2:00 p.m.
Julius Marchwicki, Ford
Julius Marchwicki has played an integral role in bringing Ford’s SYNC application programming interface (API) to life, which allows SYNC to harness the power of smart phones and mobile operating systems to bring applications to the vehicle environment.

2:30 p.m.
Taylor Singletary, Twitter
Taylor Singletary (@episod) helps developers build applications using the Twitter platform. Previously a software engineer & technical evangelist for LinkedIn, Taylor also enjoys analogue synthesizers.

3:00 p.m.
Matthew Prince, CloudFlare
Matthew is the co-founder and CEO of CloudFlare, Inc. Matthew wrote his first computer program when he was 7, and hasn’t been able to shake the bug since. After attending the University of Chicago Law School, he worked as an attorney for one day before jumping at the opportunity to be a founding member of a tech startup. He hasn’t looked back. CloudFlare is Matthew’s third entrepreneurial venture. Matthew holds a degree in English and Computer Science from Trinity College. He graduated with highest honors from the Harvard Business School where he was a George F. Baker Scholar and was awarded the Dubliner Prize for Entrepreneurship. He earned a JD from the University of Chicago and is a member of the Illinois Bar. He teaches technology law as an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School where he serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law. He is also the co-founder of Project Honey Pot.

3:30 p.m.
Neil Mansilla, Mashery
Neil is the Director of Developer Products at Mashery. He is an entrepreneur, application developer, business and technical consultant. Founder of Internet software and service companies dating from 1995 to present.

4:00 p.m.
Joey Simhon, DoAT
Joey is CTO and Co-Founder of DoAT. He is a seasoned professional with over 10 years of deep involvement in web and mobile products, UX design, technology development and the Israeli start-up scene. At the age of 21 Joey founded his first company, a professional services firm, which focused on providing the backing technology to many of the top digital agencies in Israel.
He later founded Netcraft, a professional services firms which was one of the first to introduce UX as a discipline to the Israeli market and to promote front-end development and standards compliance as critical requirements for technology companies in early stage product development. He served as Netcraft’s CTO for the entire time he was at the company and also became the acting CTO for many startups that chose Netcraft to develop and launch their products.

4:30 p.m.
Ana Martinez, CityGrid
Ana Martinez is the Senior Technical Product Director for CityGrid Media where she is responsible for the development of the Ad, Place, Content APIs and the Ad Center and Developer Center applications. Previously, Ms. Martinez served as the Director of Engineering – Technology Director for SpotRunner where she was responsible for the creation and tactical execution for the company’s online platform for media buyers. During her tenure with SpotRunner, she directed the design and development of their platforms intellectual property. Prior to joining SpotRunner, Ms. Martinez was Engineer Manager – Product Manager for Strix Systems, where she defined and lead development for all the company’s device and network management software. Ms. Martinez also held engineers positions for !Candle Corp, Infocorp, Microsoft subsidiary in Uruguay, South America and Enter AG in Zurich Switzerland. Ms. Martinez holds a MBA, Entrepreneurship Concentration from Pepperdine University and a BS, Computer Science from California State University, Northridge.

5:00 p.m.
Sean Rose,
Sean Rose is a Platform Manager at Box, a leader in cloud content management providing services to over 73% of the Fortune 500. He is responsible for scaling the Box platform and APIs to meet the needs of thousands of businesses and developers that rely on it daily. Prior to Box, Sean was a product manager at, an online billing and payments platform. He graduated with a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford in 2011, specializing in Behavior Design and HCI.

5:30 p.m.
Gil Hirsch,
Gil Hirsch is the co-founder and CEO of, the largest face recognition platform on the cloud. Gil brings more than 10 years experience in software architecture, product and general management in computer technology to the team. Before founding Gil held multiple R&D, Product and Sales executive roles at Amdocs, Xacct Technologies and Telrad Networks. Gil is also the co-founder of the garage geeks community in Israel, combining the smart and the useless to drive non-commercial innovation activities. Gil lives in Tel Aviv Israel with his wife and two children.

6:00 p.m.
Brian Whitman & Shane Tobin, The Echo Nest
Brian is recognized as a leading scientist in the area of music and text retrieval and natural language processing. He received his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005 in Machine Listening and a masters degree in Computer Science from Columbia University’s Natural Language Processing Group. His research links community knowledge of music to its acoustic properties to “learn the meaning of music.”

7:00 p.m.
Dinner is served to participating hackers.

8:00 p.m.
David Pio, Facebook
David Pio is a Partner Engineer at Facebook, where he focuses on helping developers achieve magical platform integrations. Prior to joining Facebook, David was a Senior Software Developer at Crownpeak Technology where he developed a realtime dynamic content targeting system. David holds a MS in Computer Science from Cal Poly Pomona and a BS in Computer Science & Engineering from UCLA.

8:00 p.m.
Ryan Boyd, Google
Ryan is a Developer Advocate on the Google Developer Relations team, helping businesses build applications integrated into Google Apps. Wearing both engineering and business development hats, you’ll find Ryan writing code and helping businesses get to market.


7:00 a.m.
Breakfast will be provided for hackers

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Submit your hacks for the Hackathon presentation

9:30 a.m.
Submission for hacks closes

11:00 a.m.
The Hackathon presentation begins! Each hacking team will present their hacks to the audience and our esteemed group of judges, including:

Kevin Marks
Kevin Marks is VP of Open Cloud Standards at, and a host and co-founder of Over the last 20 years he’s moved between giant companies and founding startups -BBC, The UK MultiMedia Corporation, Apple QuickTime, Technorati, Google, BT. The common thread has been working out how people, computers and media can complement each other, and solving the engineering and social problems where they meet. He is one of the driving forces behind, and He is an advisor to the Open Rights Group. He wants you to remember that URLs are people too, and his URL is

Raj Vemulapalli
Raj Vemulapalli currently serves as Vice President of Mobile Engineering at Betfair. In this role, Raj is responsible for the mobile strategy, building innovative mobile products and building the mobile center of excellence in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Betfair, Raj was the Head of Engineering and one of the founding engineers of Yahoo! Real Time Communications groups and the most used products in the world including Yahoo! Messenger, Yahoo! Mobile Messaging, iPhone, iPad and Android Applications, Yahoo! Chat, Instant Messaging in Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Voice and Video, Real Time Talk in Y! Sports and Y! Groups, Yahoo! Avatars and open APIs. Raj has spent over 11 years at Yahoo! and has led Yahoo! Messenger and Yahoo! Mobile Messaging to #1 position in US and to #2 in the world with a reach of 280+ million active users and $150+ million in annual revenues. In addition to being a technical leader for Yahoo and publishing extensively on the topic of distributed systems, Raj has filed several patents. Raj also currently serves as Board of Director, Technology and Strategy advisor to emerging and disruptive companies. Raj received an MS in Computer Science from the University of Iowa and a BS in Computer Science & Engineering from Osmania University. Raj graduated at the top of his class and received a gold medal for being the valedictorian and summa cum laude in his Bachelors degree.

Rohit Khare
Dr. Rohit Khare is an serial entrepreneur and award-winning researcher focusing on decentralized systems. He has been working on the Google+ project since the acquisition of Ångströ in 2010, which itself debuted at TechCrunch40 in 2008. Previously, he was a founder or early employee at the World Wide Web Consortium (1995), the O’Reilly Web Journal (1997), KnowNow (2000), and CommerceNet Labs (2004). He received his Ph.D. in Software Engineering from U.C. Irvine in 2003.

Eric Marcoullier
Since dropping out of college in 1995, Eric has had a hand in creating several companies. Some were successful, some not so much. They include IGN (IPO, later acquired by NewsCorp), Minerva Games, MyBlogLog (acquired by Yahoo!), Gnip and OneTrueFan. Eric also invests and advises early-stage startups, including Chromatic, CitizenNet, Everlater, Foodzie, Intense Debate (acquired by Automattic), Zemanta and Zynga. Eric splits his time between Boulder and San Francisco, sees loads of live music and listens to vinyl whenever possible.

Vishal Shah
Vishal Shah is director of engineering, mobile and platforms at In this role, he is crucial to the research, design, development and deployment of industry leading mobile and platform products, such as the Ask for iPhone app and, which serves more than 60 million unique users. Prior to this role, Vishal was director of engineering at Partner Network where he worked on the prototype and creation of the group’s infrastructure, backend and JavaScript based clients and add-on strategy. During this time, he led a team of 16 client and server developers and was the chief software architect of the team. His key area of focus was customizing the Web browser and building extensions that build upon and leverage evolving Web technologies (such as HTML 5) and sophisticated server and cloud technologies for backend business logic using distributed computing, algorithms and data processing techniques. Vishal has held various software engineering positions at and Parametric Technology Corp. He has bachelor’s degrees in computer science with Summa Cum Laude Latin Honors from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor of fine arts in industrial design from the Academy of Art University. He?s also an avid gamer. More information on Vishal can be found here:

So, as you can see, there’s going to be a lot of hacking and learning going on this weekend (not to mention some primo networking). If you’re interested in being a part of it, be sure to register now!

For the most up-to-date information regarding the Hackathon, you can keep yourself informed with the wiki at:

Details regarding company-sponsored Hackathon challenges, contests & awards will be announced later today. Stay tuned!

Update: Please check out our amazing custom Hackathon contests and awards here!

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!