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Sabeen Ali
Matt Wright
Madison Andermahr
Johann Rodriguez

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About this event


What is the Hearst Hackathon?

The Hearst Hackathon brings together hundreds of talented developers, designers and entrepreneurs to compete over 24 hours by building amazing digital delivery, content & commerce, data & analytics applications using APIs, SDKs and other tools.

The Hearst Hackathon will bring together entrepreneurs, innovative established companies, investors and others as a catalyst for the growth and development of the ecosystem.

What are the Prizes?

Success at the Hearst Hackathon is recognized and rewarded! There will be up to 10 winning teams, with winners receiving up to five $20,000 and five $5,000 cash prizes provided by Hearst--that’s up to $125,000 in total prize money!

What is the Fee to Participate?

It costs only $10 to participate in the Hearst Hackathon.


  • Home-1st
  • <ul><li>$5K cash prize</li> <li>Chance to pitch to Phil Wiser and Hearst execs<li></li>

  • Home-2nd
  • <ul><li>10K cash grand prize</li> <li>Community Workspace membership for 6 months to each member of winnin...

  • Home-3rd
  • <ul><li>$5K cash prize</li> <li>1 Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 for their startup</li> <li>Chance to pitc...



  • Saturday
  • When is the Hearst Hackathon?

    Wednesday, October 21st:
    06:30 pm Pre-Hearst Hackathon Virtual Session via WebEx
    to 08:30 pm
    Wednesday, July 29:
    6:30 pm Pre-Hearst Hackathon Virtual Session via WebEx
    to 8:30 pm

    Friday July 31st:
    6:30 pm Pre-Hack Mixer
    to 10pm

    Saturday, October 24:

    09:00 AM - Doors Open
    10:00 Am - Opening Presentation
    11:00 AM - Team pitches
    11:00 AM - Hacking Begins!
    12:00 PM - Lunch
    01:00 PM - HP Breakout session
    02:00 PM - LittlStar Breakout session
    03:00 PM - IBM Breakout Session
    06:00 PM - Dinner
    12:00 AM - Midnight Snack

  • Sunday
  • Sunday, October 25:

    07:00 AM - Breakfast
    11:30 PM - Lunch
    11:30 PM - Coding ends
    01:00 PM - Round one Judging
    02:00 PM - Happy Hour begins
    02:30 PM - Round 2 judging
    03:00 PM - Awards
    04:00 PM- Close



How is the Hearst Hackathon Judged? Winners of the Hearst Hackathon will be selected by a panel of judges that includes industry leaders as well as one representative ...

How is the Hearst Hackathon Judged?

Winners of the Hearst Hackathon will be selected by a panel of judges that includes industry leaders as well as one representative from each sponsoring company. Judges include:

Phil Wiser Chief Technology Officer, Hearst Corporation Judging will have two rounds, each with a live presentation format without slides or pitch decks: Round 1 of judging will occur one-on-one with a single judge, and each judge will select his or her top two choices to move to Round 2.

Round 2 of judging will be on the main stage with A/V support in front of the full panel of judges. Each submission will be scored in each round based on the following criteria with a minimum score of 0 and maximum score of 20 points, with the final score being the average of the judges’ scores:

Simplicity (5 points): Is the application simple to use and can the team explain it clearly in three sentences or less?

Creativity (5 points): How creative was the team in developing an innovative solution for the challenge?

Impact (5 points): Did the team create an application that can have a real and valuable impact?

Design (5 points): Was the UX/UI intuitive and appealing?

For the existing startups we add “how well did you integrate the Hearst API into your existing business plan and product?” 5pts.

What is the Fresh Code Rule?

All code developed as part of the Hearst Hackathon must be fresh. Before the start of the Hearst 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 Hearst Hackathon. Other than that, almost anything goes and you can use any coding languages or open-source libraries.