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Announcing a collaboration of innovation and creativity

Introducing the newest addition to the Hackfest portfolio “App Hackfest”.   

Hackfests are a platform that attracts developers, designers, agencies and technologist and shouts out creativity and innovation, which is the reason behind the decision to host a mass hack over the duration of the Apps World event.

Our Hackfest sponsors will be challenging participants to push the boundaries of originality whilst providing cutting edge and cool solutions to specific briefs.  



Our sponsors, who reinforce the Hackfest kudos of looking to encourage creativity and innovation, and they provide amazing prizes for doing so!



Hack Schedule

Day 1 - 05 Feb



08:30 Registration & Welcome refreshments
09:00-10:00 APIs and SDKs get pitched by sponsors.
10:00-10:30 Meet the Mentors & Networking (Creatives and Technologists)
10:30 Hackfest starts!
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
17:00-17:30 Winding down for day
19:00-01:00 Networking party and late hack (optional)

Day 2 - 06 Feb



08:30 Welcome refreshments
09:00 2nd day of Hackfest starts

Lunch break


Judges arrive to mingle with hackers


Presentations to take place for the judges

 16:00-16:30  Hackfest winners announced and awards presentation

Our Hack Judges

These folk play the vital role of determining who deserves to be crowned a Hackfest champ. As experts in their field they will take the time to meet our hack teams, evaluate the concept and review the presentations before deliberating over our deserving winners.

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    Raj Singh

    Founder and CEO, Tempo Al

    Raj Singh is a mobile industry veteran having worked across the space over the past 12 years. Raj is the Founder and CEO of venture-backed Tempo AI focused on developing a day assistant. Tempo AI was spun-out of SRI (Stanford Research Institute) where Raj

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    Gabriel Weiss

    Head of Interactive Marketing Technologies, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating

    Gabriel Weiss, @gabe_weiss, heads the Interactive Marketing Technologies group for Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating in the U.S. with a growing effort on global technology integration.

    Gabriel develops strategies for national marketing campaigns focusing on the digital media,

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    Rytis Vitkauskas

    CEO, YPlan

    Rytis is co-founder and CEO of YPlan, the world's first mobile-only event booking app. Identifying the seismic consumer shift to mobile commerce, Rytis and YPlan's co-founder, Viktoras Jucikas, spotted a gap in the entertainment market. No single app or website provided an efficient way to discover

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    Tim Lytle

    Developer Evangelist, Nexmo

    Tim is a developer evangelist for Nexmo, as well as a contract developer specializing in API integration / development. He's built applications utilizing numerous APIs, and developed custom internal APIs consumed by mobile developers. Most of the time you can find him on twitter as @tjlytle.

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    Philip Easter

    Director Mobile Apps , American Airlines

    Phillip Easter directs the mobile application development and strategy for American Airlines. He has more than 20 years of IT experience and has been in the mobile space for the past eight years. His small, agile team at American was the first in

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    Gray Norton


    Gray Norton leads the team responsible for the Enyo JavaScript app framework. Enyo helps developers build native-quality HTML5 apps that run across all platforms and form factors, from mobile to desktop to TV and beyond. Before assuming leadership of the Enyo team, Gray led product management for

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Prizes & Briefs

Hackfest sponsors typically offer exciting prizes to encourage hackers to get involved in their projects. Watch this space to see whats up for grabs this time around. Click on a prize to see the brief

bitcasastarbucks  bitcasaplaystation
Awarded to first 20 attendees  Awarded to most useful "Bitcasa it!" app
nexmochromebook nexmopebblewatch
Awarded to best use of Nexmo's API Best productivity app that uses Nexmo's API
nuance1year  enyoprizeapps
Awarded to best entry for Nuance's brief  Best app built with Enyo

The Facts

When: February 5-6 2013

Where: Moscone Centre West, San Franciso

How to get there: http://www.moscone.com/directions/index.shtml

Start time: Kick off at 9am

Dress code: Comfys, daps and anything else you will feel ready to code in.

Visit www.apps-world.net/northamerica for full details & register for free developer pass

Frequently Asked Questions

Still left with any burning questions about the show? Hopefully you can find the answer below but if not feel free to drop us an email on info@the-hackfest.com

  • When do we find out the briefs? +

    Sponsors briefs will be made available to all participants approximately one week prior to the start of the hack. We will also introduce registered hackers to each other so groups can start to be formed, if you so wish
  • What should I bring? +

    Laptop or tablet, comfortable clothing and any gadgets or tools that may help your team win!
  • What happens if I don’t like pizza? +

    Whilst we will aim to cater to individuals, dietary requirements it is impossible to meet all requirements. We will endevour to ensure a variety of toppings are provided and there are plenty of crisps to go around. Catering outlets will also be available within the Apps World exhibition for those looking to stretch their legs and mooch around the expo
  • How big are the prizes & will I be able to take home on the plane? +

    Details of all prizes will be posted on the website prior to the start of the hack. If you havent pre-planned any transportation for potential large prizes the hackfest team will assist in arranging suitable delivery to your selected address.
  • What will I be provided with? +

    Power sockets, WIFI, hot & cold refreshments, food, seating, and beanbags for the lean-back hackers! 
  • What is Apps World? +

    The leading multi platform app event with free to attend developer workshops and exhibition. Apps World plays host to over 250 exhibitors and over 8000+ attendees including developers, mobile marketers, mobile operators, device manufacturers, platform owners and industry figureheads. With 12 targeted workshop tracks, speed meetings, one-to-one meetings, parties, and awards the event will be tackling a spectrum of issues across the app ecosystem. Find full details and register for your free pass here – www.apps-world.net/europe
  • What is a hackathon? +

    A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects. Occasionally there is a hardware component as well. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week in length. Some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable software. Hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include the programming language used, the operating system, an application, an API, the subject and the demographic group of the programmers. In other cases, there is no restriction on the type of software being created.
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Our Media Partners

Helping us connect with the indusrty our media partners play a crucial role in the sucess of The Hackfests