We’re proud to be a sponsor at Launch Hackathon but we’re even more excited to be giving away $10,000 in cash and prizes to the SparkPost Challenge hackathon winner!

The prize:

  • $3,000 cash
  • 1 year SparkPost Gold ($6,900 value)
  • Featured post on SparkPost.com’s blog (where your colleagues will be green with envy and shower you with accolades)

The goal is simple: come up with the best app submission incorporating one of our APIs at the hackathon.

To make the deal even sweeter, we’re partnering with FullContact who will be adding an additional $2,500 cash on top of the $10,000 in cash and prizes if the winner incorporates both FullContact and SparkPost APIs into their winning app.

To help you accomplish the challenge of incorporating both SparkPost and FullContact APIs, just stop by the SparkPost table and pick up the SparkPost Challenge Project Ideas handout.

About

SparkPost, built by Message Systems, is the world’s most powerful email platform in the cloud, specifically for developers.  Learn more.

FullContact is solving the world’s contact information problems. With consumer apps and a suite of developer APIs, FullContact turns a simple email address, Twitter handle or Facebook URL into a complete, accurate and up-to-date contact record. Learn more.

Over 900 developers joined us at the 2015 Launch Hackathon held at Fort Mason in San Francisco a few weeks ago. They hacked on everything including transportation, shopping, education, business services and even gaming projects.

It was a great weekend of coding, fun and challenges.  Our Principal Developer Advocate, Benjamin Dean, spent the entire weekend at the event and helped debug, provide tips and tricks and sponsored the judging for our joint promo with FullContact.

All in all, 17 teams used SparkPost Email Infrastructure SaaS in their final hackathon submissions.  After 48 hours of coding, the unanimous victors of the co-sponsored prize of $5,500 in cash plus $7,000 in SparkPost services was awarded to The Interview Club, which demonstrated solid usage of FullContact and SparkPost APIs in their hackathon submission.

What did they do? The Interview Club solved a real world need of helping companies hire the right engineer for their business and also reward engineers for helping vet viable candidates. You can read about their entire solution on the Launch Hackathon website.

Launch Hackathon SparkPost FullContact Promo Winner“SparkPost was one of the easiest integrations of the many 3rd party tools we used. The goal was to find a simple reliable email solution that would just work. SparkPost was exactly that, and the node library made it really easy to just drop it in and forget about it. It did everything we needed!” ~ Ian Webster, The Interview Club Team Lead

Curious how SparkPost APIs can make you more successful in delivering email? Here’s what some developers had to say at the Launch Hackathon about our products and services:

“So you have Webhooks…SendGrid just took those away unless I pay. I am so switching to you.”

“I love that you’re using Handlebars, makes it easy for me to use as a front-end developer.”

“Your system is so #$%@ easy to use! Thanks SparkPost!”

“I LOVE the screwdrivers.”

Learn more about SparkPost: http://sparkpost.com

For more photos from the event, check out our Facebook album: Post by SparkPost.