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Register for Accelerate SF 2015 hackathon. February 7-8, 2015

Designers and Developers who participate get a $20 PRO pass to
DeveloperWeek 2015 Conference + Festival

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 2015

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 challenges!

Company Prototyping

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


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Who can participate in the hackathon?

The Accelerate 2015 hackathon (the kick-off to DeveloperWeek 2015) is open to any registered attendee to participate. You can be a developer, designer, biz dev person, idea person, or anything in between.

What types of projects can hackathon teams work on?

Hackathon teams can work on any type of project (web apps, mobile apps, wearable solutions, data visualizations, algorithms, even video presentations or visual mock-ups) however all of the hackathon prizes are sponsored prizes for teams that best utilize sponsor technology. Most of these sponsor technologies are only relevant for web and mobile applications, and 95%+ of teams will end up building web and mobile applications.

How do I form a hackathon team?

You can form a hackathon team before the hackathon (either with friends / co-workers or you can find team members and projects on the Accelerate.im app). Most participants will find teams at the hackathon kick-off (Saturday at 11:00 AM) either by hearing the idea pitches or by finding a project team to join via the Accelerate.im application. Only project admins can add team members to their team via the application, and they can add team members until Sunday at 3:00 PM.

How do project teams get judged?

When it comes to winning a sponsor’s prize, your team is responsible for demoing the project to the sponsor between 2:00 PM PST and 5:00 PM PST on Sunday. Sponsors are solely responsible for choosing which teams win their prizes.

Between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM at a 30-minute time slot allocated to you, a judge (who may be another sponsor, conference speaker, investor, or expert) will visit your table and hear your 2-minute product pitch. Exact rules will be updated on this page by January 30th, but projects will mainly be judged on 1) Progress on the solution 2) Communication of the idea and 3) Would this make a viable innovative startup that could grow into a company?

Who owns the technology that hackathon teams produce?

The teams that work on the projects own the project technologies, however ‘just being a team member’ at the hackathon does not mean that you get to own any code or IP that your teammates (or the audience) produce in the future based on the idea. Any ideas you pitch or share at the hackathon are released into the ‘public domain’ and we do not require attendees to sign non-disclosure agreements! It’s just a hackathon -- if you’re worried about people stealing your startup idea -- then this might not be the right place to unveil it.

Does the hackathon, its sponsors, or mentors provide any assistance to teams?

Almost all the sponsors are available to help you with your project (even if you’re not even using their technology!) You can contact the sponsors directly online through Accelerate.im. We will also have a list of mentors you can contact for specific help.