How it Works


What is AngelHack?
AngelHack is a developer relations agency, which is best known for organizing global hackathon competitions like AngelHack and AppHACK. Started in 2011, we’ve organized close to 100 hackathons, parties, and other related startup events.
I’m attending the upcoming Spring series. What should I build?
We want to see new projects that can wow the crowd and have the potential to improve peoples lives. Hacks that people would use, laugh at, and potentially scale.Have fun, try to finish in time, and show us an awesome demo! 
What are the rules?
All code must be FRESH – that’s how we keep these things fair. Prior to the hackathon you can create wireframes, designs, and user flows. You can come with hardware. But to make things completely fair all code must be laid down at the hackathon. Other than that, most anything goes. You can work with friends in other cities and use any coding languages or open-source libraries you’d like.
What are demos like
You’ll have 2 minutes to showcase your hack to judges, which you must do via a live presentation format and without slides or pitchdecks. Normally you will have the assistance of an A/V, microphone, and a projector, but depending on the venue you go to, judging may also take place in a smaller room at a table with judges. Hacks are judged based on how simple (can you explain things clearly in 3 sentences or less), creative (is this an idea that we haven’t seen before), and impactful it is (if this became a reality, would it have a lasting positive effect on the vertical it relates to).
What if I just want to hack?
Then hack your little heart out my friend. We’re happy to have you take part in our shenanigans.
What happens if I win?
You’ll be accepted into AngelHack’s HACKcelerator and invited to San Francisco for a week of investor events, parties, and conferences. Rock n roll!


1. Fresh Code
We all start coding at the same time. This is done to keep things fair. Please don’t come in and build on top of previous projects if you want to win. It’s cool to work on designs beforehand, digital mockups, open source frameworks, and anything else available to everyone, but try to keep things within just limits.

2. Code Review
Winning teams will be subject to a code-review at some point following the event or immediately before winning.

3. Ownership and IP
Teams have full ownership of everything they build at our events and are free to do with it as they wish.

4. Team Size
Teams of up to 5 humans are allowed. You can also add 1 cyborg, Furby, drone, or Sphero.

5. Submissions
Each hackathon has it’s individual page, which projects should be submitted on. Submission time is normally 1pm Sunday unless stated otherwise.

6. DEMO your Hack
You must demo your hack in order to present. No slide-decks or power-points will be allowed. Don’t be scared if you didn’t finish… it’s okay long as you tried your best.

7. Have fun
It’s a hackathon! Use whatever languages or hacks you have in your arsenal. Show us hardware. Show us new concepts. Show us anything you’d like.


  • Saturday
  • Sunday


8:00AM: Doors Open to Sponsors / Sponsor Setup

9:00AM: Doors Open to Attendees / Breakfast of Champions

10:30AM: Sponsor Talks and Team Pitches

12:00PM: Lunch /Hackathon begins

12:00PM: Intro to Mobile Bootcamp – HTML5 / Blackberry / Appcelerator and everything in between

2:00PM: Intro to Mobile Bootcamp – Android

4:00PM: Intro to Mobile Bootcamp – iOS

6:00PM-10:00PM: Sponsor Breakout Sessions

8:00PM: Dinner is served



8:00AM: Breakfast

12:00PM: Lunch

1:00PM: Hackathon Ends / Submission due on

2:00PM: Demos Begin / Demos only / No Slide Decks
(if your demo doesn’t work, take us through the code of what you did and where you got stuck. It’s about showing what you’ve learned and not about pitching an idea)

5:00PM: Winners are announced / Prizathon!

5:30PM: Potential after-party