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$73,540 in prizes

Most Creative

Tickets to a music festival - up to 300 per person.

Most Polished

Flight to a city of choice - up to 300 per person.

Most Technically Challenging

Dinner at a Michelin star restaurant - up to 300 per person.

Best Use of IBM Watson IoT Platform on Bluemix (3)

an Apple Watch for each team member
runner ups receive a swag back w/backpack, cup, pens, rfid chip, etc.

Health Grand Prize Winner

S'well bottles and Fitbits for each team member.

VR Grand Prize Winner

a Kinect for Windows 2.0 dev kit for each team member

Education Grand Prize Winner

Evernote Moleskine + Premium Evernote Subscription for a Year for each team member.

Best Voice User Experience Using Amazon Alexa

an Amazon Echo for each team member. Presented by Amazon Alexa.

Best Use of Button in an iOS, Android, or Web App

an Amazon Echo (or Amazon gift card of the same value) for each team member. Presented by Button.

Best IoT Solution for Good

a Photon Kit for each winner. Presented by Particle.

Best Use of Google App Engine (2)

Submissions must use App Engine as a key component of their project

1st place: $3,000 in GCP credits and a Google Pixel for each team member
2nd place: $1,500 in GCP credits and Google swag bag. Presented by Google.

Best Use of Google ML (2)

Submission must leverage at least one of Google’s ML APIs: Vision, Natural Language, Speech, Translate, or ML Services
1st place: $1,500 in GCP credits and a Google Home for each member of the team
2nd place: $500 in GCP credits and Google swag bag. Presented by Google.

Most Novel Use of a Physical Device

BB-8 Droids for each winning team member. Presented by Disney.

Hack to Save Homeless Pets (4)

1st Place is 4 HTC VIVE - Virtual Reality System (split amongst 2 first place this year)
2nd Place is 4 Ipad Mini
3rd Place is 4 Amazon Echo. Sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society.

Best Overall Integration and Use of Microsoft Technology(s) (2)

Best overall integration and use of Microsoft technology(s) will be eligible to win Surface Pro 4 w/Type Keyboard (grand prize) or Fitbit Blaze (runner up). Eligible technologies: Microsoft Azure, Windows 10 App, Kinect, Microsoft HoloLens, Microsoft Cognitive Services, and Bing API.

Most Commercially Viable Solution using Pitney Bowes APIs

Must use at least 2 Pitney Bowes APIs. Cannot use a competing API, defined as one with the same functionality as the Pitney Bowes APIs. The team may use any number of additional APIs or components. Free accounts may be made at Predator Drones for each team member. Sponsored by Pitney Bowes.


Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS credit.

Best Domain Name from Swag Bags.

Best Use of Linode Services

Das Keyboard 4 Professional Mechanical Keyboard for each team member. Sponsored by Linode.

Best Consumer Project

Opportunity to attend a Monday meeting with the Maveron investment team in SF and dinner with the Maveron team.

And an all-expense paid day trip to attend the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting in Seattle on March 22!

Best Use of Data Visualization

Snowboard, longboard, or mountain bike for each member of the winning team. Sponsored by Qualtrics.

Most Innovative Genomics Hack

$100 Amazon Gift Cards for each member of the winning team.

Facebook's Choice (2)

Facebook-branded Fitbits for each member of the winning team
Admittance to the Facebook Hackathon Finals for both teams

Best Use of the Mixmax API

LEGO Kits for each team member. Find the API here:

Most Innovative Use of Neura (2)

Demonstrate the most innovative use of Neura SDK in your iOS/ Android application.
The Neura SDK can help you
-- Anonymously learn location importance
-- Respond to each user's behavior and activities
-- Subscribe to User Activity Profiles and Summaries
-- Correlate the data to get deep and meaningful insights about user

You can find more information about the SDK at our Developers site (
For implementing Neura in your Android Application, find the guidelines here (
For implementing Neura in your iOS Application, find the guidelines here (
Find some sample apps here (
If you need any help feel free to mail me at or post your query on StackOverflow with '#Neura'

-- 1 year of free Neura API usage for the top 2 team

For each member of the team:
-- 1st prize Amazfit Pace
-- 2nd prize Amazfit Arc

Best Use of Amadeus API

$2000 for the best use of Amadeus' APIs in one of the following: Bringing people together, responsible travel, or seamless travel.

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