Announcing The Hacker Olympics At TwilioCon

Screen Shot 2013-09-03 at 12.10.40 PMWe’re super excited bring the Hacker Olympics to this year’s TwilioCon! That’s right, instead of a hackathon, you’ll be battling it out for developer street cred, learning some new skills, and maybe taking home some sweet gear. The Hacker Olympics kicks off at 5:30pm on Wednesday, September 18th at TwilioCon.

Well, What Is Hacker Olympics?

Hacker Olympics pits teams of hackers against one another in challenges that test their  creativity, coding, N64 skills and hardware chops in a 5 hour event that many have called “the best hackathon experience of their life.”

The goal of Hacker Olympics is to bring together a batch of incredibly smart and talented people then have some fun – without the burden of trying to build an app or a business in one weekend.

Hackers participate in teams of 4 to 6 people in front-end, back-end, and cross-disciplinary challenges. Teams accumulate points by completing these challenges in a race to earn a Hacker Olympics medal and all of the glory and prizes that come along with it.

This new spin on the basic hackathon is brought to you by Jon Gottfried and Jarod Reyes. The duo first brought this event to New York developers in 2012 with the help of Morpheus. Aidan Feldman was named top hacker and left with a light saber to prove it. The participants had such a great time, Jon & Jarod are bringing it to TwilioCon.

The Challenges

The challenges you’ll be competing in won’t be published until we kick off the Hacker Olympics on September 18th, but to best prepare yourself for some of the trickier challenges think on this prose:

On the shoulders of those,
Who labored before,
Red-faced stacks hit the floor.
In the corners of pixels,
Once 32-bit,
Skilled technicians dropped wit.
Still this fall, more will try
To relay with the eye,
If they fail, wave goodbye.
Only one can stand high

Schedule

5:30 – 6:30pm: Eat, form teams, challenges released
6:30 – 10:00pm: Hack, play, compete
10:00 – 10:30pm: Hacker Olympics Awards Ceremony

Thanks to our Hacker Olympics Sponsors Amazon Web Services, Atlassian, Box, Google Cloud Platform, Leap Motion, WhitePages, SendGrid, Windows Azure, Parse, Facebook, Plantronics.

Join the Hacker Olympics!

Register for TwilioCon and use promo code Hack25 to get 25% off your conference pass. When you go through the registration process, make sure to indicate that you’ll be attending the Hacker Olympics!