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Sabeen Ali
jessica smith
Matt Wright
Madison Andermahr
Matt Wright

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About this event

Every day, incredible things are being done by businesses all over the U.S. America's entrepreneurs and businesses are creating new technologies, new products and new innovations - leading to new jobs and new futures. tells those stories. We're looking for talented developers, designers and entrepreneurs who are willing to work with us on finding the best and most innovative ways to showcase these stories on our site, and to shine a spotlight on the impact of American businesses.

Attendees at the Free Enterprise Hackathon will be asked to create a web application or tool for The tool must utilize at least one of the data sets provided; however, we encourage tools that utilize multiple data sets and provide useful insights, information and data correlation that would be helpful and interesting to website visitors.

* Applications should be able to run on Linux platform and be submitted to an open source repository.


  • Home-1st
  • 1st Place
  • $1,000 AmEx gift card per team member <br/> The overall winning team will get the opportunity to accelera...

  • Home-2nd
  • 2nd Place
  • $350 Apple gift card per team member



  • Tuesday
  • 6:30-8:30 pm EST Pre-Free Enterprise Hackathon Virtual Session via WebEx

  • Saturday
  • Saturday, October 17th
    08:00 am Event set-up and Partner set-up
    09:00 am Doors Open
    09:00 am Breakfast
    11:00 am Opening Ceremony & Presentations
    11:30 am Coding Begins
    12:00 pm Lunch
    01:00 pm Breakout Sessions
    06:00 pm Dinner
    12:00 am Midnight Snack
    12:00- 8:00 am Hack through the night*

    *Although staying overnight isn’t required, we highly recommend it.



Code Review: Winning teams may be subject to a code review, usually following the event or after demos. Team Size: Teams of up to 5 humans are allowed...

Code Review: Winning teams may be subject to a code review, usually following the event or after demos.

Team Size: Teams of up to 5 humans are allowed. You can also add 1 cyborg, Furby, drone, or Sphero.

Submissions: Projects must be submitted to Submission time is normally 1pm Sunday unless stated otherwise.

DEMO your hack: You must demo your hack in order to present. No slide decks or powerpoints will be allowed. Don’t be scared if you didn’t finish… it’s okay long as you tried your best. You will have two minutes for demos, and one minute for judges' Q&A.

Fresh Code: All code developed as part of the Free Enterprise Hackathon must be FRESH–that’s how we keep these things fair. Before the start of the Free Enterprise Hackathon, developers can create wireframes, designs and user flows. They can also come with hardware. But to keep things fair, all code must be written onsite at the Free Enterprise Hackathon. Other than that, almost anything goes and you can use any coding languages or open-source libraries you’d like.

Who Owns the IP? Participants will own the rights to their work; however, we kindly ask that all code be submitted to a Open Source Repo. Partnering companies may have their own terms and conditions for proprietary technology or content.

Participation Agreement: Developers, designers and entrepreneurs are required to sign this agreement in advance of or upon arrival at the Free Enterprise Hackathon.