Welcome to the Disrupt NY 2015 Hackathon! Our Hackathons are crazy, exciting, exhausting events where hundreds of coders and developers come together to form teams which have just shy of 24hours to build something amazing from the ground up.

Schedule of Events for TechCrunch Hackathon at the Manhattan Center

Saturday, May 2, 2015

12:30pm – Registration opens (come fed or bring a brown bag lunch, beverages served)
Dedicated area for people to network to form hack teams

1:30pm – Hacking Kickoff

2:00 – 6:00pm – API workshops scheduled in 30 minute intervals (To Be Announced)

7:00pm – Dinner

Midnight – Food and snacks, courtesy of our many sponsors

Sunday, May 3, 2015

7:00am – Breakfast served

9:30am – Hacking concludes and hacks submitted to ChallengePost

10:00am – General public welcome to enter to attend hackathon presentations

11:00am – Hackathon presentations begin

2:00pm* – Hackathon will conclude with final awards and recognitions will be provided by the judges. *The final awards may be held earlier or later depending on the duration of hack presentations.

- Please note, times are subject to change

Resources for Hackers:
For up-to-the-minute details on Twitter, follow #hackdisrupt

For day-of questions or details, stay tuned…

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HACKERS & DEVS – Tickets are for Developers who wish to participate and work on hack projects to present ONLY. If you are not working on a project please DO NOT register for a Hacker Ticket. Tickets are available on a limited basis.

SPONSORS – There are many ways for companies to partner with the Hackathon. At Disrupt NY, we’ve had sponsored API platforms for hackers to develop on, as well as several amazing contests, with companies offering cash and in-kind prizes. To learn how you can provide support for the developer community, please contact sponsors@techcrunch.com.

SPECTATORS may attend the Sunday Hackathon Presentation.

Hackathon Sponsors


$17,000 in prizes


To host your next big idea in our cloud for a chance to win $5,000 cash. Your project must be hosted on Atlantic.Net SSD Cloud Hosting Servers to be eligible to win. Atlantic.Net will choose the winner based on originality, creativity, and boldness of vision.


Watch this space for Gimbal prize updates.

Layer (2)

Layer is giving away a $1,000 cash prize as well as one year’s subscription to our Startup Plan ($300) value for a total of $1300 in value for “Best Use of the Layer SDKs.”

MasterCard (3)

First Place: Up to $50,000* in Simplify Commerce processing within the first 6 months. $500 MasterCard card per teammate, up to five individuals.

Second Place: $250 MasterCard card per teammate, up to five individuals.

Microsoft (3)

There are two ways to be eligible for this contest. Build a compelling scenario:
1) Either by using Outlook REST APIs
2) Or by building an Outlook add-in

We will give out 3 prizes:

1st place – $3,000
2nd place – $1,500
3rd place – $500

Nexmo (3)

Best Use of Nexmo: XBox One + Kinect (max 3 per team)
Most Creative Use of Nexmo: Parrot Bebop (max 3 per team)


Best use of the Twilio API wins a Phonejoy.


Four XBox Ones for the most creative and interesting Yammer hack.


$5,000 prize for best use of Esri’s ArcGIS technologies ($2,500 cash + $2,500 online subscription.)


jKool (jKoolCloud.com) is a SaaS that provides real-time visualization and analytics for streaming time-series data. The prize for this session includes the “DataNerd” package which enables the user to stream up to 5 Million data points a month into the service. These data points can be retained for up to 30 days. jKool provides an API (nastel.github.io/JESL/) which can be used to stream data.

Zalando SE

The developer or team who builds the coolest new project using the Zalando API wins these three great prizes: a Go Pro camera, a Raspberry Pi 2 and a DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro. A group of up to five hackers can win.


Our custom challenge for you this weekend is to use CircleCI as a deployment tool. We will pick the winner by who implements the best continuous delivery workflow. You only have one day - so don't step on each other's toes and make conflicting commits: use CircleCI and ship better code, faster.

Disrupt Tickets (57)

Teams rated over 3 by the judges will be awarded Disrupt tickets!

HackDisrupt 1st Place

HackDisrupt 1st Runner Up

HackDisrupt 2nd Runner Up

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Lisa Chow

Lisa Chow
Lisa is the co-host of StartUp

Haytham Elhawary

Haytham Elhawary
Co-founder of Kinetic

Jodie Fox

Jodie Fox
Jodie is the Co-Founder and Co-Chief Creative Officer of Shoes of Prey

Benjamin Joffe

Benjamin Joffe
General Partner at HAX

Katie Notopoulos

Katie Notopoulos
Senior Editor at BuzzFeed News

Charlie O’Donnel

Charlie O’Donnel
Sole Partner and Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Judging Criteria

  • Scale of Awesome
    Judges will be focusing on creativity, cleverness, and that deep-down sense of “Whoaaaaaaa“

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