Preceding the Disrupt Conference is Hackathon weekend on December 3-4, 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.

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Hackathon Sponsors


£21,400 in prizes

Overall Winner

Overall 2nd Place

Overall 3rd Place


£2.5K cash, £2.5K PubNub credit


£5000 - Best Radix Domain. Choose from .TECH, .STORE, .ONLINE, .SPACE, .SITE, .HOST, .PRESS and .WEBSITE


Best use of Esri ArcGIS mapping technology wins $5,000 prize ($2,500 cash, plus $2,500 ArcGIS Online subscription)


Best use of Twilio API

Reach Robotics

Hacks should be centred around robot IR communication, kinematics and locomotion, Mobile platform AR tracking.

IBM Watson

Win an Apple Watch Sport (each member of the winning, team up to five members) for the best use of the IBM Watson APIs.

Amazon Alexa

Our prize will be awarded for the team who demonstrate the best voice user experience using Amazon Alexa

Cisco Spark

Best use of Cisco’s cloud collaboration APIs will win USD $4,000 cash prize.

Techfugees - Best social good project

Best social good project! The winning team of the Techfugees challenge will be granted a year of TechHub membership, consisting of access to workspace, a network of like-minded people across 7 global hubs & a growth support programme (that helps startups throughout the whole cycle, from MVP to exit). Also offering a field trip to Grande Synthe Refugee Camp + trip to Lebenon to work on social impact projects.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Saalim Chowdhury

Saalim Chowdhury
Entrepreneur in Residence, 500 Startups

Kathy Dykeman

Kathy Dykeman
Analytics Director, Facebook

Alex Peattie

Alex Peattie
Co-founder and CTO, Peg

Carmen Ruiz Vicente

Carmen Ruiz Vicente
Senior Software Engineer, Google

Keith Teare

Keith Teare
Executive Chair, Accelerated Digital Ventures

Judging Criteria

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

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