Backcountry.com, Costa Rica, Hackathon 2012

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In 2012 Backcountry hosted the first ever Hackathon in Costa Rica. This year we're doing it again, with more hackers, better competition and bigger prizes...

What is Hackathon 2013?

A 24-hour hacking event for web developers, front-end engineers or designers. Collaborate and build something awesome in 24-hours – at the end of the event the best, most inspiring hacks will receive prizes. It doesn't have to be helpful to anyone, or even remotely sane. Just something you are excited as hell about doing. Hackathons are meant to be fun.

See more about the prizes, rules and judging. Questions about the event or registration? Send an email to hackathon@backcountry.com

Who

Backcountry.com engineers from our Costa Rica office will be running the show. We love technology and will be on-site to help with ideas, mentoring or even to lend a hand with some design or coding. Judging at the end of the event will include our CEO Jill Layfield, CTO Charanjeet Singh, and other Backcountry.com executives.

When & Where

June 8 – 9, 2013
Backcountry Offices, Plaza Momentum, Lindora.

  • June 8, 11:00 am – doors open.
  • June 8, 12:00 pm – Hackathon kick off.
  • June 9, 12:00 pm – Hackathon ends.
  • June 9, 12:15 pm – judging and prizes.

Important: you must register to participate!

What to Expect

  • Free: free stickers and t-shirts, free food and drinks, free wifi, etc.
  • Food and Drinks: healthy, high-energy food and drinks all night long.
  • Crash Pad: quiet place to nap when you need to.
  • Secure: 24 hour security for parking and attendees at Momentum Plaza.
  • Meet and Collaborate: hackers will be gathering from all over Costa Rica.
  • Show Off: demo your hacking chops to assembled hackers and Backcountry executives.
  • Recognition: judging and prizes by Backcountry's CEO Jill Layfield, CTO Charanjeet Singh, and other Backcountry.com executives.
  • Open Opportunities: Backcountry is currently recruiting for Mobile, UI and Software Engineers – this is a great opportunity to network about those positions.
  • Surprises and More: you'll just have to wait and see...

Prizes

First Place

For the best hack of the 'thon, each member of the winning team will receive:

HTC One: Developer Edition
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jellybean), quad-core 1.7Ghz.
  • 2GB Ram, 64GB internal.
  • Super LCD3, 1080 x 1920, 4.7in (~469ppi).
  • HTC UltraPixel Camera, 1080p @ 30fps video.
  • HTC Boom Sound™ with Beats Audio™.
  • Best looking phone of 2013!

University Award

For the best hack from a team representing a university, Backcountry will award the university:

Makerbot: The Replicator
  • Dual Extruder 3D Printer.
  • Yes, you read that right, a 3D Printer!
  • Print volume: 8.9 x 5.7 x 5.9 inches (almost 5 liters).
  • Compatibility: Linux, Windows, and OSX.
  • It's called “The Replicator” because you can use the printer to print itself!

New WLC Bonus

WLC Bonus If any of the winning teams are lead by a woman, every member of the team will receive an additional bonus, sponsored by Backcountry's Women's Leadership Coalition.

New Engineering Bonus

Engineering BonusBackcountry.com engineers from our Costa Rica office will award a bonus for “Excellence in Engineering” to every member of the team that most impresses us with the technical achievement of their hack.

Everyone Receives

  • Free: free stickers and t-shirts, free food and drinks, free wifi, etc.
  • Food and Drinks: healthy, high-energy food and drinks all night long.
  • Recognition: judging and prizes by Backcountry's CEO Jill Layfield, CTO Charanjeet Singh, and other Backcountry.com executives.
  • Surprises and More: you'll just have to wait and see...

See more info about rules and judging.

Register

Registration opens May 10th.

To keep up-to-date on registration and other info, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Rules

All teams must abide by these rules in order to participate in the Hackathon and qualify for prizes. Please read carefully, some of the rules have changed!

  • RSVP: registration required in order to attend.
  • Technology: projects may be built in the language/framework/platform of your choice. Participants are responsible for bringing their own hardware – we'll supply electricity and internet!
  • Fresh Code: you can use existing API's, hardware and/or open-source algorithms – and plan/sketch for your project – but all other code and assets must be created after the Hackathon starts. When in doubt: plan, don't create.
  • Updated Teams of 2 to 4 Humans: minimum 2 and no more than 4 people allowed per team. No robots, aliens or superheroes.
  • 24 hours: each team has 24 hours to build their project. The Hackathon starts at 12:00 pm on Saturday, June 8. All work must stop by 12:00 pm on Sunday, June 9. Judging will begin at 12:15 pm.
  • Ownership: all projects are considered MIT licensed although teams own the source-code and can decide whether to share it with the community at large.
  • New Team Leads: each team must designate a single person as the “Team Lead”. The lead is responsible for:
    • Confirming the assistance of team members.
    • Presenting the team's demo during the judging.
    • Answering any questions from the judges or other hackers.
    Teams whose lead role is a woman qualify for the WLC Bonus.
  • Updated 5 Minute Demos: you'll have 5 minutes to show off your hack to the judges – this is show-and-tell, no PowerPoints please.
  • Judging: teams will be chosen at random for the demos and judging. Our visiting judges are hoping the demos will be in English ;).
  • Awards: all prizes will be awarded Sunday, June 9 after the judging is complete. Follow the rules to remain eligible!

Judging

We are looking for things that wow us. Things that have potential to be something amazing. That idea you've always wanted to build out, but never had the right chance to. Maybe dev tools or maybe a consumer app that fills a pain point? Is it useful? What could this hack look like after 3 months? How about 3 years?

You'll have 5 minutes to show off your hack to the judges – this is show-and-tell, no PowerPoints please. The “Team Lead” will be responsible for presenting the demo and answering questions from the judges and other hackers.

Judging will be out of 15 points:

  • 1 to 5 Points for Technical Challenge: how hard was your hack to pull off, how complete is it, how polished is the design and UI.
  • 1 to 5 Points for Viability: how likely is the hack to succeed or gain adoption.
  • 1 to 5 Points for Creativity: how the hack, and its approach, is original and innovative – a creative hack illustrates a deviation from traditional thinking.

If you have an idea for a hack, but aren't sure if it will do well in the judging, feel free to send an email to hackathon@backcountry.com for feedback.

Jill Layfield

The judging panel will include Backcountry CEO Jill Layfield, CTO Charanjeet Singh, and other executives.

API

Below you can find usage and examples for the different API's. Resource URL's will be made available at the start of the Hackathon.

  • Search API: a search driven API for navigating Backcountry.com products and filtering by category, brand, gender, price and other facets.
  • Community API: information about the reviews, images, questions, answers, etc that have been contributed by the community in relation to a product.
  • Product API: retrieve detailed product info such as description, specs, images, etc.

WLC

Women's Leadership Coalition

The WLC is a tribe of Backcountry.com women who are passionate about improving the quality of our female employees and inspiring the next generation of female leaders within our company. We strive to increse our leadership presence and to support the personal and career development for all women at Backcountry.com.

  • Our Mission: empowering women to lead.
  • Our Vision: to create a powerful, passionate network of women that will help shape the future of Backcountry.com.