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Announcing The Disrupt SF Hackathon Judges And A Ton Of New Prizes (And The Very Last Batch Of Tickets!)


The first batch of tickets for our Disrupt SF Hackathon (happening this weekend!) sold out so fast I thought something had gone wrong. We’ve released a few batches since, each bigger than the last… and yet, each one has sold out almost immediately.

This’ll be the very last batch of Hackathon tickets we release. If you don’t get in this time, you’re probably out of luck. We’re also releasing spectator-only tickets, so that your friends, family, and industry peers can watch as you debut your projects to the world.

If you’ve never been to one of our Hackathons, here’s the gist of it: take around about thousand coders and designers, give them a pretty much endless stream of pizza, and tell them they’ve got 24 hours to build the craziest thing they can think of. At the end of the day, every team gets 60 seconds to pitch their Frankenstein’d speed creation in a battle for $5,000 and an opportunity to present their work in front of the main Disrupt conference’s massive (and massively influential) audience.

You lot are clearly pretty damned excited about this thing, so we went ahead and made it even better.


First up, we’re proud to announce the fantastic panel of judges we’ve enlisted to help us pick the winner. Here they are:

Marci Harris

CEO, PopVox

Marci Harris is co-founder and CEO of POPVOX, a civic startup that connects people and elected officials to foster accountable, responsive governing. A lawyer and former Congressional staffer, Harris has been recognized as one of Fast Company magazine’s Top 100 Most Creative People in Business (2012), Tribeca Film Festival Awards for Creative Disruption (2012), DC’s Tech Titans by Washingtonian magazine (2013), and one of the 2013 “Fastcase 50.” She chairs the Entrepreneurship Subcommittee of LaunchTN, and mentors at the Code For America Civic Accelerator, Tennessee Tenn, and the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Syracuse’s Newhouse School.

April Underwood

Director of Product, Twitter

April Underwood (@aunder) is Director of Product at Twitter, where she is responsible for the Twitter advertising experience. April has held previous roles at Twitter in Product and Business Development focused on partnering with the world’s top web properties. Prior to Twitter, April worked at Google, where she was responsible for content acquisition and monetization of Google Maps, Gmail, Google News, and other Google consumer products. April holds an MBA from University of California at Berkeley (Haas) and a BBA in Management Information Systems from University of Texas at Austin.

Kent Brewster

Engineer/Evangelist, Pinterest

Kent Brewster is a front-end engineer, API agitator, and recovering technology evangelist. He was an early Hack Day winner at Yahoo; you may have heard him speak at SxSW or FluentJS about the mistakes he made building the Pin It button for Pinterest or Netflix for the iPhone, and some of his difficult-to-detect JavaScript may already be running on your site.

Elias Bizannes

Founder, StartupHouse and StartupBus

Elias Bizannes is an entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He is the founder of San Francisco incubator space “StartupHouse“, the international bootcamp “StartupBus” and also created Australia’s “silicon beach“. He previously worked at venture capital firm Charles River Ventures, search engine startup, and professional services PwC.

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