LAUNCH Hackathon Grand Prize now at $75,000!

Launch Hackathon

I promised you the best hackathon ever a few months back. Only 5 days until the LAUNCH & AngelHack teams deliver on that promise.

Amazing food, massage therapists and HUGE prizes.

I’m thrilled to announce that the Hackathon Grand Prize is now at an unbelievable $75k!

Dharmesh Shah from Hubspot/OnStartups and I kicked this thing off by each putting up $25k as an investment prize (or $10k cash). Now, the worldwide leader in web security, Barracuda Networks [ ] has matched our commitment with an additional $25k investment or $10k cash prize! We officially have the largest Hackathon prize ever!

Who wants to make it $100k? ;-) Email:

There’s still time to apply and register for the Hackathon, but we’re filling up fast. Registration closes on Thursday, Feb 28 at 11:59pm PST or when we hit 450 participants. Apply here:

This is only the start. We have awesome partners offering prizes as well. See the full list below.

Reminder: The LAUNCH Hackathon with AngelHack begins this Saturday, March 2nd at 12pm at the San Francisco Design Center Concourse (635 8th St). Coding ends on Monday, March 4th at 1:00pm. Hackathon finals begins at 6:00pm on Monday (3/4), with the top 12 finalists presenting to the public beginning at 8:00pm. For more info:

** All Hackathon Partners & Prizes **

For the most up to date prize info:

Grand Prize

Amazon AWS

  • Grand Prize winner receives $2.5k in Amazon AWS Credit
  • Next 4 runners-up receive $1k in Amazon AWS Credit

Barracuda Networks

  • Top 5 Hackathon finalists will receive a package of free security products (free web filtering, firewalls, etc).

Project must use FilePicker to be eligible to win: 

  • iPad Mini

Project must utilize Firebase to be eligible to win:

  • iPad


  • Grand prize winner receives lifetime free hosting - up to 2gb (dv), (gs), or (ve)
  • Next 4 runners up receive 1 year free hosting - up to 2gb (dv), (gs), or (ve)
  • All participants receive 1GB (dv), (ve), or (gs) for 1 month

Best use of Windows 8:

  • 1st Place - $3k
  • 2nd Place - $2k
  • 3rd Place - $1k

Project must utilize the NewAer Proximity Platform to be eligible to win:

  • $2k in Apple gift cards. ($500 each for a team of 4)

Project must utilize the Plantronics Spokes SDK to be eligible to win:

  • $1k
  • Opportunity to demo at the Plantronics Demo Pit table for the LAUNCH Festival
  • Voyager Legend UC headsets for all winning team members.

Samsung Developers
Project must utilize the S Pen SDK or AllShare Framework to be eligible to win:

  • Samsung Galaxy Notes or up to $1k (4 team members maximum, 1 device or $250 per team member)


  • TBD

Project must utilize Tokbox to be eligible to win:

Project must utilize Yammer Platform to be eligible to win:

  • 4 Jamboxes