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Come Hack With Us and Make a Difference

Our annual Hackathon is back for its 4th year, this time with even bigger and better challenges. This is the perfect place to show off your tech skills and earn bragging rights while solving real-world problems for a non-profit organization.

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What You’ll Be Doing

Each year AWS teams up with four non-profit organizations to identify challenges being faced in today’s world. The four issues are then presented to our tech-savvy re:Invent audience in Las Vegas where we challenge creative developers and architects to build functioning prototypes to address these issues. The Hackathon takes place over the course of an entire day in the Venetian. At the end of the day, all solutions are presented and the most innovative ones are chosen and often productionised by the non-profits. Be sure to register early!

AWS re:Invent panel of speakers at Global Partners Summit.

Last Year's Winners

As tradition dictates, the judges and prizes for the re:Invent Hackathon are a surprise and only disclosed on the day of the Hackathon. Last year’s winning team was chosen by a set of celebrity judges; Tom Soderstrom (CTO at NASA JPL), Yury Izrailevsky (VP Cloud at Netflix), and Nick Rockwell (CTO at Conde Nast) who offered their expert critiques of the solutions presented. The winning team members from last year walked away with Amazon Echos, pub crawl passes, and were brought up on-stage at Werner’s keynote.

Non-profit Sponsors And Challenge Overviews

This year we’re working closely with non-profits from around the world to produce challenges to real problems for you to solve. We are excited to announce that we are partnering with the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Federation for Internet Alerts, the United States Green Building Council and the Conservation International.

Agenda

Be sure to arrive by 7:00pm on Sunday, November 27th as we will kick off re:Invent in style! At the mixer you will be able to meet your team, talk to the judges, AWS Solutions Architects, and technical staff. You will also pick up your Hackathon wristband that grants you expedited check-in the next morning along with an exclusive re:Invent giveaway that will come in handy during the Hackathon (and only available at the Hackathon Mixer)!

Pre-Event


Sunday, November 27

7:00pm

Exclusive Hackathon Mixer -- Pickup Wristband

Day 1


Monday, November 28

Location: Venetian F Second Floor

8:00am

Breakfast + Team Setup

9:00am

Introduction to Challenges

9:15am

Start Coding

12:00pm

Lunch

5:00pm

Dinner

9:00pm

Pencils Down

10:00pm

Presentations and Judging

11:30pm

Winners Announced and Closing Ceremonies

Back by popular demand our fantastic massage therapists will make a guest appearance in the afternoon followed by a top secret activity that will be uncovered the day of. Be ready for some treats you can only get at re:Invent!

Requirements

We will provide food, power, flip charts, connectivity, AWS credits, and AWS expertise throughout the day; you just need to come ready to hack!

FAQ

Where is the Hackathon?

The Hackathon will be held in the Venetian. Please pick up your re:Invent conference badge prior to coming to Hackathon as you will need it to enter the event. Check the re:Invent agenda for the actual room location for the Hackathon.

When is Hackathon this year?

The Hackathon is on Monday, November 28th and starts at 8:00am. Please also join us for the Hackathon Mixer on Sunday, November 27th at 7:00pm and pick up your wristband.

Do I need a team?

Yes, but no need to worry about putting one together. Our staff is dedicated to matching up individuals with complementary skill sets and working hard to make sure you have an amazing team. If you requested specific team members during the registration process, we will do our best to make sure you are teamed up together. Please note that teams are placed into groups of 5 or 6, so if your group is larger, you may be split into separate teams. If you don’t join a team or request a team member prior to the event, you will be matched with other Hackathon participants with complementary skills to create a team on the day of the hack.

How do I form a team with my friends?

There is a portion of the registration form that requests the names of your proposed teammates. If you were unable to fill it out but have other members of your organization already signed up for the Hackathon that you would like to partner with, please contact aws-reinvent-hackathon@amazon.com. We’ll do our best to create your dream team!

I’ve already registered for re:Invent. How do I register for the Hackathon waitlist?

Log back into your re:Invent account, click Purchase Additional Registration Items, and then select the Hackathon. Note: You’ll only be able to register for one activity on Monday. Once registration fills up, you’ll automatically be put on the waitlist. We’ll notify you if you get cleared off of the waitlist.

If the Hackathon fills up, can I still join?

There is a waitlist for the Hackathon which will accommodate individuals who registered after the participant limit has been reached. We will notify those on the waitlist in the weeks before, or on the day of the event as spots become available.

What should I bring?

A laptop and charger suitable for coding. And a cool hat.

What will AWS provide?

Food and beverages, power strips, flip charts, wireless internet access, and plenty of AWS credits for your hacking needs. Oh, and an amazing start to re:Invent!

How much does it cost to participate in the Hackathon?

Great news: The AWS Hackathon is free and open to attendees with a full conference pass.

Do I need experience with certain types of apps / coding to participate?

We will be sharing more details about the Hackathon challenges in the coming months that will help you determine which challenge your skillset is best suited for. Based on your skill profile, we’ll make sure every team is well rounded and ready for anything.

Have more questions?

Please reach out to our team at aws-reinvent-hackathon@amazon.com!