Preceding the Disrupt Conference is Hackathon weekend on May 13-14, where developers and engineers descend from all over the world to take part in a 24-hour hacking endurance test. Teams join forces to build a new product, present it on the Disrupt stage to a panel of expert judges and an audience of tens of thousands and compete for a variety of prizes, including the chance to win free tickets to the Disrupt Conference. Products created at the Disrupt Hackathon have seen great success beyond the event, like GroupMe which was created overnight and ultimately acquired by Skype for $80M.

Hackathon Sponsors


$36,404 in prizes

Overall Winner

$5000 and ALL the bragging rights...

2nd Place

3rd Place


Best use of Esri ArcGIS mapping technology wins $5,000! ($2500 cash, plus $2500 valued ArcGIS Online subscription). Quickly add maps or geospatial analysis to your apps using Esri's online services and SDKs. Develop in the API of your choice and deploy on any device. Sign-up for a free developer subscription at, input voucher DISRUPTNY17 for 1000 credits.

PubNub (3)

The PubNub Civic Hackathon Challenge tasks you with building an app that benefits your local community or government (eg. healthcare, transportation, democracy, etc.) using PubNub and PubNub BLOCKS, for the chance to win $5000 in cash prizes.

Verizon (3)

Best use of Verizon ThingSpace APIs (including Device Messaging, Smart Cities and MapQuest APis) in an IoT application wins: 1st Place $3000 / 2nd Place $1500 / 3rd Place $500.


The team that comes up with the most innovative uses of one or more of our SMS API, Voice API, Voice over WebSocket API and Number Insight API will win $5,000. Hint: We'd love to see how our Voice over WebSocket API could be used with AI and bots.

IBM Watson

Build a chat bot that understands natural language into your app with IBM Watson Conversation Service and win set of Apple Beats Solo 2 headphones (each member of the winning, team up to five members).


We are giving away a Autonomous smart standing desk and Autonomous Deep Learning Robot to the hackers that create the best application on our robot's API! Our developers will be onsite to teach you about the Deep Learning Robot during the Hackathon. Learn more here.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Charlie O'Donnell

Charlie O'Donnell
Founder, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Nimi Katragadda

Nimi Katragadda
Principle, Box Group

Jonathan Gottfried

Jonathan Gottfried
Co-founder, Major League Hacking

Anjali Kapal

Anjali Kapal
VP Productivity Products, GoDaddy

Tom Sella

Tom Sella
VP Product, WeWork

Judging Criteria

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

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