iOSDevCamp Contest, the Hackathon Show, and Rules

iOS Apps – Apple Watch, Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and web apps are welcome!

As we gear up for iOSDevCamp, we want to repeat the success of previous years’ Hackathon Contests at iPadDevCamp and the prior iPhoneDevCamp and iOSDevCamp events, where many were presented during the Hackathon Show, some created by teams that had never met each other before the conference started.

To do this, we want to reward those who represent the following values:

  • Contribution: by assisting the commons, offering value, and in general by being useful.
  • Sharing: by offering help, sharing code or expertise, or by assistance in testing or debugging.
  • Openness: by asking good questions, by answering them, by being open to people and ideas, and by making source code available.

And of course, by demonstrating a “Can Do” attitude.

Contributor's TicketiOSDevCamp staff will be handing out “tickets” when we see participants demonstrating these values. Then on Sunday, each team that participates by presenting during the Hackathon Show will also receive a ticket. These tickets will be used by raffle for many of the General Prizes — the more tickets you have, the more likely you’ll receive a General Prize.


  • Friday Night: — During the Pitch Session is a good time to start sharing your ideas, choose your project, and begin to find your team.
  • Saturday Morning: — After the keynote, we will have a session where people can have an opportunity to recruit others to help with their projects. Last year everyone was valued, even those without significant programming skills, as almost every team needed design and testing help. Several teams last year won a prizes without any prior iOS coding experience, and one team won a prize that didn’t even have a coder!
  • Saturday Afternoon though Sunday Mid-day: — Find something undocumented and share it! Show us how you made something work! Create a cool demo of a feature we didn’t know about! It doesn’t have to be perfect, just enough to be able to share it! If you haven’t started a project or found a team, find one of the iOSDevCamp staff and we’ll help you find some people who need you.
  • Sunday 12noon: Satellite Entry Deadline — Each satellite iOSDevCamp should have one or two Apps selected from their attendees to submit to the Hackathon Show before 12:00 PDT. Demos from iOSDevCamp satellites should be an ~3 minute video file.
  • Sunday 12noon: Entry Deadline — all entries for the Hackathon Show should be submitted to the Hackathon web site (TBD) . The Hackathon moderators may have to make a judgment call as to what Apps will make the cut to be demonstrated. If there are more submissions then what we have time to demonstrate, submissions that offer source code will be given first priority, then submissions that were developed completely at iOSDevCamp, and finally those that the moderators think are “cool”. While you are waiting, help us rearrange the Grand Hall for the Show.
  • Sunday 2pm: The Hackathon Show — The Hackathon Show will begin in the Grand Hall. Demos should be around 2-3 minutes, so practice your presentation before you get to the podium. You will need to present your app on an iPad 2 (if you don’t have one, borrow one). We will have two HDMI iPad 2 video adapters and one overhead projector, so be prepared to set up first so that we can transition from demo to demo quickly. You can also use a Mac with the iOS Simulator to demonstrate your App.
  • Sunday 4:30pm: Break — The Hackathon Show moderators will take a break to consult with the other iOSDevCamp staff, and select the winners of the Special Awards. Winners are at the sole discretion of the iOSDevCamp staff.
  • Sunday 5:00pm: Special Awards — The more valuable prizes given to us by our Sponsors will be given out for each of the Special Award categories. Each Special Award Sponsor will have the opportunity to say some words and personally give the reward to the winner if they are present. At their discretion, the iOSDevCamp staff may also allow some others who did not demo the opportunity to get a chance to win a Special Award if they demonstrated values of sharing, participation, and “can do” attitude during the iOSDevCamp, as Joe Hewitt won the first year for iUI.
  • Sunday 5:30pm: General Prizes — Some of the more desirable General Prizes will be given out by random draw to those who participated in the Hackathon. Any remaining General Prizes will be given out to those holding the most tickets.
  • Sunday 6:00pm: End of the Hackathon! — Source code and demos will be released to the public that evening!

General Prize Eligibility

Everyone is eligible for the General Prizes — you just have to earn a ticket.

Special Awards Eligibility

First, to be eligible for a Special Award, the iOS App must not currently be available via the iTunes App Store OR if it is available, you must have source code available on a public website. iOS-focused Web Apps are always eligible. In addition, please DO NOT submit Jailbroken apps for the Hackathon.

To be eligible for the Open Source prize, your source code repository must be available on GitHub or some other publicly available repository BEFORE the Hackathon.

Next you must sign up for the Hackathon Show by 1pm on Sunday, or have your App submitted by a Satellite iOSDevCamp by 12:00pm PDT.

You must have demonstrated your iPhone App or Web App during the Hackathon Show (or have have your App submitted by a satellite iOSDevCamp to the Hackathon Show). Remember, if there are too many submissions, the Hackathon moderators may have to make a judgment call as to what Apps will make the cut to be demonstrated. If you don’t make the cut, you can’t win a Special Award, but you are still eligible for General Awards.
The staff of iOSDevCamp are not eligible for any of the Special Awards.

Special Awards Criteria

There will be a number of categories of Special Awards, each will have different requirements as set by the Special Award Sponsor.

In general, Apps in most categories will be judged on not only on their function, but also if they are fun & cool.

We also value Apps with simplicity and elegance.

We will give priority to Apps that were developed entirely during iOSDevCamp.

We also give priority to Apps that offer source code under an open source license, however, this is NOT a requirement to win.

iPad Apps or Web Apps do not have to be “finished” to win — we would rather you demonstrate what your App can do well, rather then worry about what may be not complete.

Special Award Categories and Prizes

Best Open Source
Best Developer Tool or Library
Best New Developer
Best Game
Best Web App
Best Satellite Event App
Best Education App

Additional categories will be given out after the demos, based on submissions.

Sponsored Award Categories and Prizes


As always, we are looking for prize donations for the Hackathon. Prize donations are open to anyone, not just sponsors. If you have a prize you would like to donate to the Hackathon, please contact us.