Come together with the brightest developers, designers and creators in Silicon Valley to make something amazing. You and your team will be applying your knowledge of app development, web development, hardware and more to create innovative solutions to existing problems.


Saturday 20th February 2016

Afternoon session

     First 100 early bird check-ins before 1:30 PM get discounted Uber coupons / vouchers! Courtesy "Uber - Evolving the way India moves"

    1:30 PM - Check-in, Networking, Snacks

    2:00 PM - Keynote on Digital India and Start-up India initiative by Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, Hon'ble Consul General of India, San Francisco.

    2:30 PM - Presentation by Sponsors

    3:00 PM - Speak to sponsors, Team formation, Hackathon begins

Evening + night session

    7:00 PM - Dinner is served

                      Talk by Team SV Hacks: Build your first Web and Android app

    00:00 AM - Midnight Snack

    Hack through the night

Sunday 21th February 2016

Morning session

    7:00 AM - Breakfast is served

    8:00 AM - Talk by Team SV Hacks: TBD

Afternoon session

    11:30 AM - Lunch is served

    1:00 PM - Hackathon ends

    1:30 PM - Demos begin

    4:00 PM - Winners and Prizes

Wrap up


Our elite panel of judges include:

  • Mayfield Fund Partner

  • Uber Head of Mobile Engineering

  • Pinterest Head of Data Engineering

  • VP of Architecture at Juniper Networks


We have awesome prizes in store for you!

  • First prize: Samsung Virtual Reality headset per person + $750 Amazon gift card per person

  • Second prize: BB-8 Sphero per person + $350 Amazon gift card per person

  • Third prize: Syma Explorers 6-Axis Quadcopter per person + $200 Amazon gift card per person

We also have cool team and individual prizes including Amazon Echos, Roku 3 Streaming Media Players, Leap Motion controllers and Arduino Starter Kits.



To participate you must register individually before 1:30 PM PDT on 20th February 2016. You will have to register your team separately before submission deadline. You may not be part of more than one team.


Teams of up to 5 people are allowed. Teams must submit a list of members upon submitting their hack by submission date/time on 21st February 2016. Any modification after that must be approved by the organizers.


We all start coding at the same time. This is done to keep things fair. You can use open source projects or libraries, or public API’s. Please don’t come and build on top of existing projects.


Each team will need to register to be able to demo their hack. Instructions to register teams for demo will be posted soon.


Each team will have 3 minutes for presentation. 2 minute for demo and 1 minute for Q&A from judges. You may use powerpoint to explain your hack but no more than 5 slides. Goal is to showcase the demo.


Teams have full ownership of everything they build and are free to do with it as they wish.

Judging Criteria

Winners will be selected by the corporate judges and judges provided by the SVHacks. Please take a look at the parameters used for evaluating the projects.


By attending SVHacks you acknowledge that your picture and video may be used without compensation, prior permission or notification in any promotional material related to SVHacks.


Frequently Asked Questions


Who are we?
We are regional chapter of IIT Bombay of Heritage foundation (the alumni association of IIT Bombay Alumni in US) covering San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California, USA. The mission of chapter is to increase alumni engagement and create a forum for alumni to network with each other and provide support system. With this event we want to provide the alumni an avenue to begin their entrepreneurial journey.

What is the theme of Hackathon 2016?
Our inaugural theme is: “Ideas come to Life”. You have a dream, an idea and a plan but no avenue to showcase it in action and test the waters. Come dive in with like minded technocrats and professionals who have been there and done it. More details to come in as we shape the Hackathon in coming weeks. For now we are just looking for you to have enthu!

Who is this for?
We welcome all who have enthusiasm to bring ideas to life. You could be technocrat, product wizard, super hero designer or rocket singh biz dev individual from any walk of life:

  • Engineers who pride themselves in writing code.
  • Product Managers who can break a complex problem into simple solution.
  • Designers who are obsessed with creating best user experience.
  • Biz Developers who are passionate to delight customers.
Bring your hacker spirit, form a team and build something amazing!

Why should I attend?

  • Want to hack on something you have always dreamt of? Come!
  • Want to try your hands on the latest Javascript MVC framework or other technologies? Come!
  • Want to find a co-founder for the next billion dollar idea? Come!

What can I build?
You can build a simple app for delivering tea or it can be next generation Whatsapp. No restrictions on hardware, platform, domain, complexity or lines of code of your project.

When/Where is SVHacks?
SVHacks will be held on 20th and 21st of February, 2016 at Juniper Networks - Aspiration Dome

What if I don't have an idea?
No problem! Many hackers arrive at a hackathon with little to no idea of what they'll be building. We will have mix and mingle event at the beginning of hackathon, you can work with others. Aim for a prize, or don't. Totally up to you.

What if I don't have a team?
A few weeks before the hackathon, we will connect registered hackers with each other via an online portal. You can join an existing team or can form a new team with other attendees.

Any restrictions I should know?
We are requesting children under 16 to be accompanied by a guardian during the event.