Backcountry.com, Costa Rica, Hackathon 2014

Info

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

What is Hackathon 2014?

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. 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 CTO Charanjeet Singh, and other Backcountry.com executives.

When & Where

June 7 – 8, 2014
Backcountry Offices, Plaza Momentum, Lindora.

  • June 7, 11:00 am – doors open.
  • June 7, 12:00 pm – Hackathon kick off.
  • June 8, 12:00 pm – Hackathon ends.
  • June 8, 12:15 pm – judging and prizes.

Important: you must register to participate!

What to Expect

  • Bigger: Our office has grown, we have room for more teams and more hacks!
  • Free: free stickers and t-shirts, free food and drinks, free wifi, etc.
  • Better 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 CTO Charanjeet Singh, and other Backcountry.com executives.
  • Open Opportunities: Backcountry is currently recruiting 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:

IPad Air
  • 16G IPad Air

University Award

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

Viewsonic
  • 3,000 ANSI lumens with 15000:1 contrast ratio for clear, razor-sharp images
  • Full HD 1080p delivers stunning picture quality
  • 3D Blu-ray ready with HDMI
  • Virtually maintenance free with filter-less design
  • Long-lasting reliable picture quality & superior color performance

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 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.
  • 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 7. All work must stop by 12:00 pm on Sunday, June 8. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 8 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. 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 20 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.
  • New 1 to 5 Points for Relevance to Business: what backcountry.com, dogfunk.com or competitivecyclist.com can learn from this hack to be better sites

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.

The judging panel will include Backcountry 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.

  • 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.
  • Notifications API: retrieve what new content has been generated in response to previously added reviews, images, questions, answers, etc..
  • ExploreAPI: browse content available at backcountry.com/explore and competitivecyclist.com/learn
  • FitCalc API: calculate a bike fit given your body measurements, get it, save it
  • Recommendations API: Get a list of products that go well with other products