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This mind-stimulating, adrenaline-fueled event attracted over 125 coders last year and is sure to be even more exiciting at eMERGE 2017. Hackathon participants have 24 hours to tackle complex challenges presented by industry-leading API sponsors. The reward? More than $50,000 in cash and prizes—and the thrill of building something amazing from the ground up. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for computer programmers and other software development professionals to collaborate on a project in a creatively-charged environment.



As a participant, you will receive a complimentary Tech Pass. On the day of the hackathon, be sure to come prepared with everything you need for the full 24 hours. Food will be provided. Winners will be announced on center stage of the EXPO floor.

Still have a few questions? Join us at the welcoming party on Friday, June 9. We will go over rules, themes and other details. It’s also a great time to build or join a team if you don’t already have one. Let the journey begin!

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Hackathon Schedule

    6:00 PM Welcome Party
    8:00 AM -9:00 AM Check in
    9:00 AM Hacking begins

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the eMerge Americas Hackathon?

    The eMerge Americas Hackathon is the official hackathon of the eMerge Americas Conference. Teams will have 24 hours to build their project and present their demos to a panel of judges to compete for more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.

  • What is eMerge Americas?

    The eMerge conference serves as a platform for connecting revolutionary startups, cutting-edge ideas, and global industry leaders & investors from all over the world. To learn more about the eMerge conference click here.

  • What is the theme of this year’s Hackathon?

    There is no theme to this year’s Hackathon, we want you to build something you’re passionate about. Yes, really! Something innovative, something that solves a problem, something that is technically amazing!

    Come with an idea and a group, or a group with no idea, or alone with an idea… You’ll put the pieces together a the Welcome Party on Friday night.

  • When is it?

    The reception for the hackathon will be on Friday, June 9 at 6PM. On Friday night, you’ll have a chance to meet other participants as well as have an opportunity to join a team or find members for your team.

    The hackathon officially begins on Saturday, June 10th at 9AM and will go on for 24 hours. Demos will be presented starting at 11AM on Sunday.

  • Where is it?

    The event location is TBD

  • Who can join?

    Anyone & everyone! Ideally, each team will have a mix of experienced and new developers, a design guru and a non-tech person – Don’t forget, someone needs to have a knack for copywriting, or be a great public speaker!

  • How do I register?

    Registration is not currently available. Sign up here to stay informed.

  • What does it cost?

    Nothing! Zero, zilch, nada!

  • What should I bring?

    Your laptop, charger, and any other electronics you may need for the actual hacking part of the hackathon…. and, for the sake of comfort: comfy clothes, a pillow, a blanket, and anything else you may need for a 24 hour hacking stretch.

  • Will there be prizes?

    Yes! More than $50,000 worth of prizes for the best projects. The first place team will win a guaranteed $10,000 cash prize.

    All Hackathon participants will be awarded a Tech Pass to the eMerge Conference – a $400+ value.

  • What size can the teams be?

    Teams can be up to 5 members. Team composition is totally up to you!

  • What if I don’t have a team?

    No problem! We’ll have an event on Friday, June 9 for people that are still looking for team members. You can pitch an idea or join someone who is pitching.

  • Will food be provided?

    Yes, lots of food and beverages will be provided. Expect lots of snacks, drinks, and caffeine!

  • Do I need to be a developer or have hackathon experience to join?

    No, anyone can join. If you are an inexperienced developer this may be a fun opportunity to work on your skills using a real life project.

  • If I’m a developer, what technologies should I look forward to using in the hackathon?

    There are absolutely no restrictions on the technologies that you can use. You could build a Web application, a mobile app, a hardware hack, a robot, whatever captivates your imagination that uses your technology, computer science and/or engineering skills.

    Our sponsors, Facebook and Microsoft, will provide APIs which you can include in your projects for a chance to win further prizes. They will be announced at the Welcome Party.

  • Can I leave during the Hackathon?

    No. Just kidding! If you (and your teammates) think a nap at your house or a quick trip to Krispy Kreme will help your team, by all means- go for it. The development, however, needs to be done on premise.

  • What if my team gets stuck?

    We’ll be there along the way to support all the teams with any challenges they may face. Ironhack will have a team of developers on the floor who will act as mentors and will resolve any issues you may have.

  • Can I go to other eMerge events?

    Yes – all Hackathon participants receive a Tech Pass to the eMerge Americas conference just for participating in the hackathon.

  • Can I sleep during the hackathon?

    Yep! We’ll have a quiet room set specifically for people who would like to take naps (long or short) during the hackathon. Just make sure to ask one of your teammates to wake you up!

  • What are the judging criteria?

    Your team will be evaluated based your project, your presentation and by your interactions with the judges during the event. Several factors will be considered by the judges, such as innovation, user experience, implementation and others.

    For more details about the judging criteria click here.

  • Where should I park?

    Parking information will be provided shortly.

If you have any other questions that were not answered, please email us at

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