Salesforce Developers Pitch Ideas, Sharpen Skills at Summer Hackathons

Salesforce-Summer-of-HacksGot an idea for a mobile app built on Salesforce1? Salesforce wants to see it. Their Summer of Hacks, a series of global hackathons, begins July 11 in New York. Other hackathons are scheduled this month in Bangalore (India), Los Angeles and London.

Salesforce developers, designers and non-technical users are all invited to participate. Unlike past Dreamforce hackathons, teams aren’t predetermined. Instead, each hackathon kicks off with idea pitches from all participants.

Once the initial round of ideas has been voted on, then attendees vote for which top ideas to proceed on as hackathon projects. Up to 30 ideas with the most votes will go on to the development phase. Teams are formed around each advancing idea and hacking begins.

As for the applicable technologies, teams must use the Salesforce Development environment available via signup as the starting point for building an app. All submissions must run in the Salesforce1 mobile app container available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Developers can use Salesforce generally available technology, as well Salesforce technology designated by Salesforce as “Developer Preview,” provided it is publicly available and easily accessible to the Salesforce developer community at the time of the event.

Each three-day hackathon wraps up with live demos, judging and winner announcements. First place is worth $8,000 to the winning team in each city.


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