Make something people want.
Our goal is to give smart hackers an excuse to get together and spend time building something they find interesting. We don't have a theme -- we want to leave it open to any good ideas.
Registration will open at 10am on Saturday, August 2, and the hackathon will officially kick off at noon. Judging will happen on the evening of the 3rd.
PLEASE NOTE: YC Hacks is only open to people who have registered through YC's system. We have a limited amount of space and can only accommodate the people who have been accepted + notified.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2
10am-12pm Registration and API Expo
12pm Hacking begins
1pm-3:30pm API Workshops (in 320 Pioneer Way)
- 1pm Firebase
- 1:30pm Pebble
- 2pm Docker
- 2:30pm Meteor
- 3pm Kimono
- 3:30pm Wit.ai
1pm-10pm Open office hours with YC alum and partners
SUNDAY, AUGUST 3
10am-2pm Open office hours with YC alum and partners
12pm Practice demos with YC alum and mentors in the office hours area
1:30pm Deadline to submit to ChallengePost
1:30pm If you're in the main hacking room at 335, be prepared to mobilize for the Expo.
2pm Deadline to submit to Product Hunt (use this Wufoo form)
2pm We will send around a Google Doc with your team name + expo table. Have the first demo person on your team in the main room at 335 and ready to demo (with devices charged).
5pm-6pm Awards + closing
AVAILABLE HARDWARE: Hardware at YC Hacks
- Pebble: There will be 50 refurbished Pebbles available at half price ($75)
- Thalmic will provide several Myo units to hack on
- Airware is bringing hackable drones
- Wit.ai is bringing Raspberry Pi, Spark, Qualcomm TOQ, Phillips Hue, and Drones (Parrot)
- Oculus Rift: There will be a limited number of DK2s on site
- Estimote Beacons
$12,710 in prizes
Clerky Top Prize
Free company formation on Clerky plus $5,000 cash in partnership with First Republic Bank
YC 2nd Overall
Clerky Second Place
Free company formation on Clerky
YC 3rd Overall
Clerky Third Place
Free company formation on Clerky
Bop.fm Best Overall Music Hack Grand Prize
Bop.fm Best Overall Music Hack Runner Up
DJI Phantom 2
Firebase Best Realtime Hack
Dinner with founders, James and Andrew. Free 6 months of Firebase Bonfire.
Top Pebble Hack (2)
Pebble Steels for entire team.
Firebase Second Best Realtime Hack
Continue working on your realtime hack out of Firebase's office for 1 week. Free 6 months of Firebase Bonfire.
Kimono First Prize
Parrot AR drones for each team member + Office Hours w/ Kimono Founders
Kimono Second Prize
Chromecasts for each team member + Office Hours w/ Kimono Founders
Kimono 3rd Prize
Free meal w/ Shri (currently @ Kimono, founder @ w13 FlightCar)
Best use of Parse (2)
Lunch with a Parse founder and engineers + tour of Facebook.
- You must be physically present at YC Hacks.
- Teams should not consist of more than 5 members.
- All code outside of open source libraries must be completed during YC Hacks. Please don't start coding before noon on August 2. We encourage you to plan your hack in advance.
- You can:
- Setup infrastructure (hosting, DNS, SSL, empty github repo, etc.)
- Design a logo, create a color scheme
- Create wireframes, mockups and user flows
- Write documentation for your proposed design
Build anything you want: websites, apps, or hardware.
President, Y Combinator
Founder and CEO, Homejoy
Software Engineer, Pinterest
Founder and CEO, Box
Hacks will be judged on creativity and usefulness.