Techweek is proud to host a 24-hour hackathon - join developers and hackers for an all-day frenzy of fun, camaraderie and coding. At the end, each team will have created an entirely new application that they will showcase to a panel of judges in the hopes of being crowned the winners!

Bluemix is the open cloud platform of IBM built on Open Source technology. You can use IBM Bluemix for cloud hosting, with simple quick-start applications for Node.js, Python Flask, Ruby, PHP httpd, and Java.

Or use any of the IBM Watson API services for machine learning, image recognition, IoT services, Mobile services, big data analytics, or 3rd part API services like Twilio, SendGrid, Box, Geocoding, MongoDB, Elasticsearch, SOLR, Hadoop, Spark, and more.

Score points for hosting your app on Bluemix, using any of the API services, and creativity!

The schedule is as follows:

12PM - 12:30PM: Kickoff: Arrive, socialize, and form teams.
(12:30pm - Lunch Provided)
12:30PM - 1:00PM: IBM Workshop
1:00PM - 1:30PM: Mana Health Workshop
1:30PM - Midnight: Hackathon
(7PM: Dinner Provided)

Midnight - 10AM: Hackathon
(8AM: Breakfast Provided)
10AM: Projects Must Be Submitted to DevPost no later than 10AM on Sunday
10AM - 11:30AM: Hackathon Teams Demo Projects
11:30AM - 12:00PM: Judging Period
12:00PM: Winners & Awards Announced



Techweek NYC Hackathon


  • You must be 18 or older to participate in the challenge.
  • Teams can consist of one but no more than five.
  • Teams of eligible individuals can enter.
  • Teams of eligible individuals may enter on behalf of a company, non-profit, and other legal entities may enter.


  1. What to create: functioning software application; demonstration video; screenshots
  2. Platforms: IBM Bluemix; Mana Health API, iOS; Android; Mobile Web; Web; Mac Desktop; Windows Desktop; 

Hackathon Sponsors


$8,800 in prizes

Grand Prize

The team will receive $2500 in cash. Each member will also receive a round trip plane ticket and a VIP Pass to the Techweek 2016 conference city of their choice.

Runner Up

The runner up team will receive 5 Attendee Passes to the Techweek 2016 Conference of their choice, (valued at approx. $500).

Most Innovative Use of IBM Bluemix

The winning team will receive a Parrot MiniDrone Jumping Sumos and Beats by Dre headphones.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Helen Altshuler

Helen Altshuler
CTO / PeerIQ

Remko de Knikker

Remko de Knikker
Greater New York City Area - ‎Cloud Evangelist / IBM

Callie Leone

Callie Leone
Global Innovation Strategist / gyro

Robert Black

Robert Black
Senior Software Engineer / Mediabistro Holdings

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Are you solving a real problem in an interesting way? You are not required to explain how your app makes money, unless that is part of the problem you solve.
  • Presentation
    How will did you present?
  • Progress
    How much progress did you make on your application?

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