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.
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!
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.
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS): Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) continues to set the bar for science, conservation action, and education that has driven success in protecting wildlife and wild places for over a century in 15 global regions and across 46 countries. WCS envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth. Help WCS improve reaction time, collaboration and education against poaching by providing reporting and diagnostic tools to park rangers, protected area managers and scientists and inspire people to value nature.
Federation for Internet Alerts (FIA): The Federation for Internet Alerts (FIA) leverages the Internet to maximize the effectiveness of emergency alerts. Using the latest information from official authorities, FIA creates alerts for serious events such as child abductions, tornado warnings and other hazards. FIA extends its online distribution of life-critical alerts to help authorities reach people in the alerting area through the use of Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) for imminent threat alerts all over the world. Help is needed in many areas: from fixing authoritative alert sources that are not yet CAP-enabled; to developing new ways to reach people wherever, whenever, and however they need to be alerted; and discovering fundamental insights by analyzing the wealth of alerting data freely available from FIA.
United States Green Building Council (USGBC): The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a global platform for growing businesses, improving communities and advancing the latest in innovative building practices. Through the LEED certification program, project teams seek innovative solutions that are better for our environment and better for communities. USGBC is looking for creative ways to use public datasets and increase interactions with the public to help identify opportunities to become a green city of the future.
Conservation International (CI): Conservation International's Vital Signs program seeks to provide better data and risk management tools to optimize agricultural development decisions with the needs of the human beings they serve and the ecosystems upon which they depend. Providing near real-time data and diagnostic tools to guide agricultural decisions in Africa (and eventually elsewhere) will help ensure optimal food yields while minimizing unintended, negative consequences for natural capital and ecosystem services. Help farmers and policy makers across Africa access, visualize and understand data and risk management approaches to better guide/inform sustainable agricultural development and ensure healthy and resilient livelihoods and ecosystems.
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)!
Exclusive Hackathon Mixer -- Pickup Wristband
Location: Venetian F Second Floor
Breakfast + Team Setup
Introduction to Challenges
Presentations and Judging
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!
We will provide food, power, flip charts, connectivity, AWS credits, and AWS expertise throughout the day; you just need to come ready to hack!
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org!