TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon – Workshop Schedule, Prizes & More

We’re four days away from the TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco Hackathon.

We’re crossing the t’s and dotting the lowercase j’s, and passing the savings onto you!

But more importantly, we’ve been working very hard behind the scenes and pleased to bring you a bunch of new event information, including:

  • API Workshop Schedule
  • New API Workshops
  • Sponsored Prize Details
  • Access to the Hackathon Information Site

API Workshop Schedule

  • 2:00pm – Workshop Area A – Ford
  • 2:30pm – Workshop Area B – Evernote
  • 3:00pm – Workshop Area A – Stripe
  • 3:30pm – Workshop Area B – Dropbox
  • 4:00pm – Workshop Area A – Mashery
  • 4:30pm – Workshop Area B – Locu
  • 5:00pm – Workshop Area A – Tumblr
  • 5:30pm – Workshop Area B – Qualcomm Innovation Center
  • 6:00pm – Workshop Area A – Qualcomm Labs
  • 6:30pm – Workshop Area B – Department of Energy

New API Workshops

We’ve got several new API workshops, and here are the details:

Qualcomm Labs
Presented by Roland Ligtenberg, Product Manager

The Gimbal Service is a mobile context awareness solution for native iOS & Android that enables developers to create smarter applications for ‘smartphones’. This emerging technology is at the heart of mobility and takes the phone to the next level of utility and personalization. With this solution, Qualcomm Labs, is working to fuse sensors with interests sensing capabilities on the device within an environment featuring user-friendly privacy controls.

Find out more about Gimbal at:

Department of Energy
Presented by Ian Kalin, Presidential Innovation Fellow

The Energy Data Initiative, launched by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, seeks to liberate data as a fuel for entrepreneurship and innovation while also protecting privacy. The Department of Energy, specifically, maintains a number of APIs that are already being used by many successful firms, but that also have not reached their full use potential. Attendees will learn more about the free APIs that are available, the new APIs that have just been liberated, and how some innovative firms are using them.

Find out more at:

Presented by Chris Varenhorst, API Hacker / Platform Team

Harness the power of Dropbox to connect your app to almost any computer, smartphone or tablet, plus the web. The Dropbox Platform brings storage and sync to apps everywhere. Come learn the ins and outs of the Dropbox APIs, how to use them in your app, and learn about other great apps integrating with Dropbox today. Meet members of the Dropbox platform team and compete against other developers to win the award of Best Dropbox app at TC Disrupt.
Find out more at:

Sponsored Prize Details


Use AT&T Cloud Architect as the backend of the best mobile application and receive a $5,000 cash prize and new mobile devices for every member of your team (up to 5). You can sign up for a free trial before TechCrunch begins. Simply login to Opt to build a public instance. Choose a monthly deployment with 1 CPU, 1GB RAM and 25 GB local storage. Enter the code ATTDEV-TC at checkout.

dotCloud Inc.

Take your project Live on dotCloud with $2500 credit toward your account. Live applications are able to take full advantage of the dotCloud runtime: they can be scaled, both for performance and reliability, have custom domains attached with SSL, have strong guarantees of dedicated resources and have priority access to support. In short, they’re ready for the real world.

Ford Motor Company

An all-expense paid trip for all team members to attend CES in 2013 and have the opportunity to demo your app within the Ford booth, like last year’s winner: Roximity. Check out this video to see them in action.


  • 1st prize: 1x Apple Thunderbolt Display or Dell 30″ Monitor
  • 2nd prize: Audio-Technica ATH-M50 professional studio headphones for each team member


We will be giving out Nokia Lumia 800’s on stage to three lucky award winners. We will be giving out each of these three phone prizes via raffle, where people can submit their business cards at the Microsoft booth.


We’ll have a grand storage prize for the winner, but we’ll have a prize for everyone that builds on the API.

New Relic

New Relic will be awarding one (1) 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, one (1) Apple Thunderbolt Display and a one-year New Relic Pro subscription for the most innovative B2B web app.


Pearson is offering $500 in Amazon Gift Cards to the team that best utilizes a Pearson API in their application. See APIs here:

Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc – AllJoyn

Best Use of AllJoyn – Easily integrate multiplayer functionality into your app with AllJoyn: a peer-to-peer framework for devices near each other to seamlessly connect and interact in real-time from Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. See AllJoyn in these apps: Rollercoaster Rush, PacMan Kart Rally, JamJoyn, Bizzabo. The possibilities are endless, we want to see what you can do!

  • 1st Prize $5,000
  • 2nd Prize $1,500
  • 3rd Prize $500

Judging Criteria:

  • Innovative Use of AllJoyn
  • Real World Applicability
  • Simplicity and Ease of Use

Qualcomm Labs Inc.

Best application created using the Gimbal service and SDK based on creativity, usefulness, technical depth & integration

  • 1st place: $3,000 + 1 Year Gimbal SDK Access (up to $10,000)
  • 2nd place: $1,500 + 6 Month Gimbal SDK Access (up to $5,000)
  • 3rd place: $500 + 3 Month Gimbal SDK Access (up to $2,500)


Build a cool application on a public dataset and become “SAP Hana Hacker of the Year”.
Winners will receive a trip to Las Vegas for two, including complimentary tickets for SAP’s annual techies conference SAP TechEd, and have the chance to win again by presenting their application to thousands of developers at DemoJam.

Oh, and don’t forget the party on Thursday night with special guests 3 Doors Down…


SkyDrive will be giving out an Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle to every member of the team (up to 5) that builds our favorite hack using the SkyDrive APIs. For all other teams that use the SkyDrive API in their hack, every team member will get 25GB of free SkyDrive storage.


The best use of the OpenTok API wins an Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)


For the best use of the Twilio API, Twilio will award two unlocked iPhone 5’s (when it’s released)


1st Prize
$5,000 cash plus 2 weeks of PR services from acclaimed PR Agency Horizon Communications which includes:

  • 1 press release announcing their app
  • Distribution of the announcement via Horizon’s worldwide press database
  • Support in obtaining reviews of the app
  • Follow-up and counsel over the course of 15 days starting October 1.

2nd Prize
$3,000 cash plus 2 weeks of PR services from acclaimed PR Agency Horizon Communications which includes:

  • 1 press release announcing their app
  • Distribution of the announcement to Horizon’s worldwide press database
  • Support in obtaining reviews of their app
  • Follow-up and counsel over the course of 15 days, starting October 15.

Access to the Hackathon Information Site

And last, but not least, you can get the latest up-to-date Hackathon details and find someone to hack with at:

See you on Saturday!