Announcing The TC Disrupt NY Hackathon API Workshop Schedule, Prizes & More

We’re now just a few days away from the Disrupt NY Hackathon this weekend, and we’ve got some exciting news to share. As well as scoring a free ticket to the main TechCrunch Disrupt NY conference, this weekend’s hackers will share in almost $50,000 worth of prizes.

A few tickets are still available. Coders should register here and designers should register here.

Below you’ll find all the information on the prizes as well as the schedule for our hands on API workshops. The API sponsors are providing some of their top talent to give coders a crash course in their product.

API Workshop Schedule

One of the best things about the Disrupt Hackathons is that we attract the best developers at the best tech companies to share their insights, answer questions and help short circuit the process of building killer apps with powerful APIs.

Here’s the line-up for our API workshops:

  • 2:00pm – Facebook
  • 2:30pm – Box
  • 3:00pm – Evernote
  • 3:30pm – Foursquare
  • 4:00pm – Amazon Web Services
  • 4:30pm – New York Times
  • 5:00pm – Microsoft BizSpark

New API Workshop

Microsoft BizSpark will be presenting an in-depth review of developing for the Windows 8 operating system as well as Windows Phone app development basics.

Hackathon Prizes

With the limited time available during hackathons, speed is even more important than ever. That’s why the team from is going to be at Disrupt with $5,000 in cash plus promotion and free product for the best apps built using their browser-based development environment for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and the mobile web. With pre-built API plugins – including those of some of our other prize sponsors – you could end up being a winner multiple times over – and get your app from concept to demo in 24 hours – with To find out more ahead of time, check out


Want to hack your way to a better world? AT&T is here to help. In NYC the AT&T Developer Program, AT&T Foundation and the Environmental Defense Fund are issuing a challenge to developers participating in TechCrunch Disrupt to build app that helps drive water consumption awareness for buildings. For the most creative as well as comprehensive app, AT&T will be offering a $5k grand prize, followed by a $2k ‘most creative’ prize. The challenge is straight forward: build an app that estimates building water consumption. On a high level, the app has three sections: Building Survey, leaderboard, and building / building manager profile. Find out more about the challenge and its specs here.


What’s better than Disrupt NY? How about Disrupt Berlin! Build something amazing, cool, and insightful with the CrunchBase API and you could be the winner of a trip for two to Berlin for the next TechCrunch conference! Disrupt Berlin is October 26 – 29 and the winner will receive two conference passes, two airline tickets, and of course a place to stay near the conference. Danke!

General Motors

General Motors is offering the opportunity to explore what’s possible with in-vehicle apps by inviting developers to utilize its SDK and new set of in-vehicle APIs to develop an application for vehicles. GM will award a cash prize of $2,000 to the top 2 uses of its in-vehicle SDK – a pretty cool bonus for building something that integrates with the worlds largest manufacturer of cars.

Microsoft Bizspark

The team from Microsoft Bizspark is actually running two competitions and prizes at the Disrupt NY Hackathon this year. To capitalize on the new Windows 8 platform, Microsoft will be giving away a new Windows Surface RT as well as $800 in cash. The best app best app developed on Windows Phone 8 Platform will also receive an RT and $800 to put over your favorite NY bar. To make sure there’s an even greater chance to bring home the greenbacks, Microsoft will also be handing out $100 runner-up prizes to the 10 best apps developed on any Microsoft platform (including Yammer).

Microsoft Skydrive

The team from Skydrive will also be joining us, helping developers make the most of their API and handing out hundreds of GBs of free storage (and perhaps a few bonus toys they’ve got tucked up their sleeves).


Want to win prizes and save your users’ battery life? If you’re building a mobile geo app, you should check out NewAer, who are giving out $2k in Apple gift certificates as prizes. Walk away with the fruit loot, you need to be the best at using the NewAer machine to machine discovery platform instead of power-hungry GPS in their Android or iOS applications on smartphones or tablets. SDK is available at


Pearson, the worlds leading learning company is offering $500 worth of Amazon gift cards for the best use of the Pearson APIs – giving you access to a world of structured, quality travel, cooking, language and reference content.


The Samsung Developer crew will be at Disrupt and offering the brand new Samsung Galaxy S4 or $250 in cash (just in case you don’t need the world’s most awesome new smartphone) for the team that develops the most compelling hack using the S Pen SDK or Allshare Framework. Find out more about both at along. The Samsung Developers team will be on site for the duration of the event with loaner devices and hands on support.


Want to phone a friend? Follow in the footsteps of the team from GroupMe who built an awesome phone enabled app using Twilio. The winner will receive one of three Das Keyboards for the best implementation of the Twilio API.


Visa will be joining us in New York, and as you’d expect from a company that handles more of our money than anyone else, they’ll be coming with a great cash prize. As part of their initiatives to help the regular person be more smart and secure with technology, Visa will be awarding $5,000 to the grand prize winner who develops the best web or mobile based security eLearning application, or security eLearning game application that makes security fun and engaging. The first runner-up will receive $3,500 – so you can help people keep their money safe from scammers and bank some prize money at the same time.

Wrigley (Alerta)

OK, so everyone else is looking for best. But what about first? The team from Alerta will be awarding a mystery prize for the winners of the Alert A-Game Award – which will be won by the team that uploads their hack to the server first, verified by timestamp.


The team at Yammer wants to make sure you’re not all work and no play. The best hack utilizing Yammer’s extensive enterprise social API will walk away with a Surface Pro with touch keyboard, an Xbox 360 and a Jambox – that should irritate the neighbors enough to get a visit from the thin blue line.