Grand Prize: An exclusive invite to our HACKcelerator

A 12-week Curriculum to turn your hackathon idea into a startup reality

A diverse network of both local and global mentors

Weekly guest speakers

A chance to fly to Silicon Valley for our Annual Global Demo Day and participate in a week of extensive pitch training!

Sponsored by HACKcelerator  

Amazon Web Services

Prize: $200 in AWS Credits per person through AWS Activate

Sponsored by AWS

StrongLoop, an IBM company

Challenge: Utilize LoopBack to its fullest extent

Prize: TJ Bot Kit(1 per person).


Sponsored by StrongLoop


Challenge: Best use of SparkPost technology.

Prize: $1000 + 1 year of Priority Support ($7,000 combined value) per team


Sponsored by Sparkpost


#1 Best consumer app: Gen 3 FLIR ONEs for the team when available (up to 4)

#2 Best professional app: Gen 3 FLIR ONEs for the team when available (up to 4)

Grand prize: Trip for 1 team member to either Portland or Santa Barbara to present app and business idea to a FLIR exec

  •      Will be one of the above for the challenges above 
  •      Includes airfare and 1 night hotel (up to $1,500)
  •      Executives will hear pitch and demo and give feedback

Sponsored by Flir  



Fight violent extremism in order to foster peace and coexistence through technology.


-$500 USD cash prize for winning team

-From the 25 finalist teams, a top 3 teams will be selected by an esteemed panel of judges to receive a $2500 travel stipend per team to travel to London and pitch to leading investors for continued support of their solution.

Sponsored by GovTech  

Amazon Alexa

Challenge: Best Voice User Experience Using Amazon Alexa

Prize: One Echo Dot for each member of the winning team

Amazon Alexa is providing a hardware lab, there will be a limited number of Echo Dots available for rent. If you wish to incorporate Alexa and are worried about not getting a device, you can bring your own device from home or test using

Sponsored by Amazon Alexa  


Challenge: Best use of Button's SDK

Prize: 1 Amazon Echo per winning team member



Sponsored by Button

Prize: 5000 free API calls to all attendees and the grand prize winner will receive 5000 free API calls a month for one whole year


Sponsored by

Actions on Google

Challenge: Best app for the Google Assistant on Google Home, Android phones and the iPhone.

Prize: Google Home Device (1 per team member) Links:

Sponsored by Actions on Google  

Women Who Code

Challenge: Create a solution that Highlights the benefits of a diverse team and addresses gender inequality in technology.

Prize: Winning team will receive “ApplaudHer” mention in Women Who Code’s Global newsletter of 30,000 people.

Sponsored by Women Who Code