Build a new startup
Participants can build any startup app idea (from scratch) over 30 hours. You can network with our
mentors to get tech help and feedback - and proceed through 2 rounds of judging!
Solve Crowd Challenges
Help solve real-world problems and browse
through dozens of crowd-powered or sponsored
challenges on Accelerate.im! Many of these
challenges have prizes specific to Accelerate Sf
Build Product Add-ons
Many of our sponsors will be offering prizes
specific to tech companies who build a new
product feature or add-on to their existing
technology during the 30-hour hackathon!
Donate 30 hours
Accelerate SF will have a list of non-profits who
need design and development help. We are
asking participants to donate 30 hours to help
one of these non-profits solve technology
We invite companies to host mini-hackathons
inside of Accelerate SF where your company
team can internally hack and build prototypes
over 30 hours using our facilities and lounge
area! You can make the apps private or public
- Teams can build apps from scratch (Mobile App / Consumer Web App / Business Web App) or they can build product add-ons using sponsor technology. You can also donate 30 hours to help a non-profit, but are not eligible for top 20 pitch spots.
- Almost all hackathon prizes will be sponsor prizes. The sponsors will choose their own prizes and choose their own prize winners during Day 2 of the hackathon.
- There will be 2 rounds of judging on Day 2. During Round One, judges will hear the pitches from all teams building on their technology and fill out a scoring sheet on each team.
- The top 20 project teams will pitch on the main stage.
10:00 AM Doors Open
11:00 AM Main Stage Kick-off Talks and Sponsor Talks
12:00 PM: Breakout Room Idea Pitches (based on your type of project: Consumer Web App, Business Web App, Mobile App, Charity Seeking IT Help)
1:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Technical Workshops Round 1
4:00 PM Technical Workshops Round 2
5:00 PM All teams must schedule a sponsor pitch time (3:00 - 5:00 PM) for Day 2
6:00 PM Mentorship Dinner (mentors will wear special nametags, and hear team project ideas, and give feedback)
10:00 AM Doors Open
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM First Round (Sponsor Screening Round) for all participating teams
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM The 3 final judging panels:
Top Mobile App Judging / Pitches
Top Business Web App Judging / Pitches
Top Consumer Web App Judging / Pitches