How to Get Into Disrupt SF for Free: Hack Your Way There

If you think you might like to attend the parties and conferences at TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF event September 7-11, but can’t afford the $3,000 entry fee, then why not sign up for the pre-conference hackathon? If you survive the hackathon and complete your project, you get free admittance to the conference.

As it does with all its conferences, TechCrunch is kicking off its fourth annual Disrupt SF with a 24-hour hack that begins after lunch (lunch is free to hackers, of course) on Saturday. The event will take place at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco.

If you don’t have a ticket yet, keep an eye on the TechCrunch website for when the next batch of free tickets goes up for grabs. It's likely TechCrunch will release more tickets over the next week leading up to the event, but you have to be ready to pounce.

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According to TechCrunch, the hackathon will draw 1,000 hackers. Fueled by caffeine, pizza and other goodies, these brave, determined souls will stay up all night, competing as individuals and in teams to build the coolest apps possible between 12:30 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday.

Your apps will be based on APIs and resources from 20 partners, included AWS, Clover, Dropbox, Evernote, and more. A series of 30-minute API workshops will also be held on the day of the hack.

What will you get in return for your sweat and tears? In addition to camaraderie and a lot of free food, the team with the best hack project takes home $5,000 and the top teams get to present to a Disrupt audience. Sponsors will be doling out additional prizes and those who complete projects get free access to the main Disrupt conference and all its associated festivities. It's not a bad deal, especially if you enjoy a good adrenaline rush.

Hacks are not only good for coders who want to sharpen their skills and hone their knowledge of APIs, they are also great opportunities for companies getting ready to release APIs to the public. Developers can offer invaluable feedback on your API, which is a good reason you may want to consider sponsoring such an event.

More information on the Disrupt SF hackathon available here.

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