Hackfest is an exhilarating experience for the teams that compete. You show what you can build to some pretty big players in tech, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun. 24 hours, dozens of amazing ideas, and a $10,000 prize for the winner.

Applications are closed for 2017.


The Details

July 29-30, 2017

Docker HQ in San Francisco, CA

Questions? Please email hackfest@greylock.com

2017 Judges

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1st PLACE: $10,000 + Meeting with Jerry Chen of Greylock and Solomon Hykes of Docker

2nd PLACE: A private sailing tour aboard a catamaran in the San Francisco Bay on August 3rd, 2017

3rd PLACE: Oculus Rift + Touch

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

We welcome teams of up to four university students to apply. Spring 2017 graduates are eligible as long as one teammate is enrolled in college for Fall 2017. High school teams may be accepted in special cases.

What if I don’t have a team?

If you don’t have a team, you may apply as an individual applicant. However, priority will be given to team applications therefore we strongly recommend that you apply as a team.

What do you look for in teams you accept?

We look for talented teams with a keen passion for building cool stuff. Bonus points if you’ve won hackathons before!

How many teams will you accept?

We will accept 45 teams.

Will you guys have any hardware onsite?

We will not have hardware onsite. However, if your hack requires hardware, we will reimburse your team up to $50 if you bring a receipt.

How will our project be judged?

Your hack will be judged based on five different criteria: level of difficulty, aesthetics, originality, usefulness, and your project’s “WOW factor.”

When is the deadline to apply?

All applications are due by Thursday, July 20th 2017.

Questions? Please email hackfest@greylock.com

Terms & Conditions

Greylock Partners doesn’t own the code of your project. Your hack is proprietary, and we won’t ask you to open source it or share the Github repo.

Students are welcome to work on any web, mobile or hardware projects. Or a combination of those 3.

We request that you do not start coding your project before 11am on Saturday, July 29, 2017. You can start prepping for it beforehand, but you cannot actually begin work on it until the official start of Hackfest.