We currently have 1,250+ confirmed developers and designers—the devpost is only a partial list—that will be joining us the weekend before LAUNCH Festival, competing for up to $1m in investment. 250 teams of four will spend 48 hours creating a company, with the top seven making it to the main stage of the LAUNCH Festival on Friday where they will be given two minutes to show their creations before a grilling from our judges! The Grand Jury will select the top four projects and invite them to the LAUNCH Incubator -- which comes with a $250,000 investment (for ~7% of the company).




Teams of 1-4 can apply to attend the event. All applicants within a team will be reviewed and vetted as developers or designers before they are able to attend the event.

Come with ideas not completed code. All projects must be built from scratch at the event.

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,060,250 in prizes

LAUNCH Investment (4)

We will be awarding slots in the LAUNCH Incubator for the top 4 LAUNCH Hackathon Projects. Admission into the incubator comes with an investment of $25,000 up entry and the option to another $225,000 upon completing the program***

***Terms must be agreed upon by both the winning companies and LAUNCH before investment.


A BB-8 and a drone for the top team chosen by Gigster

Honda Grand Prize

Nexus 6p 32GB device for every member of the winning team

Uber (3)

1st Prize: $5,000 Uber credits
2nd Prize: $2,000 Uber credits
3rd Prize: $1,000 Uber credits

Intuit Grand Prize

Grand Prize: each winning team member will get a "Startup Starter Pack" which includes: Chrome Industries messenger bag ($160), iPad mini ($250), iPad mini keyboard case ($50), Apple gift card ($50), Amazon gift card ($150), One year free subscription to QuickBooks Online ($150)

Expedia API Prize (3)

For the companies who build the best projects incorporating the Expedia API

1st - $2,500 and 125,000 Expedia Rewards Points per team
2nd - $1,500 and 100,000 Expedia Rewards Points per team
3rd - $1,000 and 75,000 Expedia Rewards Points per team

Google Cloud Platform (3)

1st: Moto 360 Gen 2 for each member of the winning team + $1000 in Google Cloud Credit
2nd: $500 in Google Cloud Credit
3rd: $250 in Google Cloud Credit

Radix (2)

1st Prize: $5,000 to the winning team
2nd Prize: $2,500 to the winning team

Lyft (3)

1st Prize: $5000 in Lyft credits
2nd Prize: $1500 in Lyft credits
3rd Prize: $500 in Lyft credits

Api.ai (3)

1st Prize: $1000 cash
2nd Prize: $500 cash
3rd Prize: $250 cash

Slack (2)

1st Prize: DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter 4K UHD Video Camera Drone
2nd Prize: CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Complete Starter Kit (Top Three Teams)


Grand Prize: $5000—$2500 cash, plus $2500 valued ArcGIS Online subscription—for best use of Esri ArcGIS mapping technology


Grand Prize: $4,000 cash to the team which develops the most innovative and comprehensive use of the RingCentral API in their application

.CLUB Award (2)

1st Prize: $6,000 cash for the best Hackathon project using a .CLUB name

2nd Prize: $2,000 Cash for the best .CLUB name registered for a project! (Be creative!)


Grand Prize: Apple TVs (up to four) will be awarded to the team with the best Twitter integration, either leveraging the APIs or Fabric SDK.


Grand Prize: $2500 cash for best use of VoIP in an app

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

This is a builder only event, meaning we only accept developers and designers. To apply for the event, please go to: 



Jason Calacanis

Jason Calacanis

Judging Criteria

  • Operator
  • Investor
  • Builder

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