As part of Salesforce.com's 12th annual Dreamforce conference, the company has invited developers to participate in the $1 Million Hackathon. Participants are challenged to build the best mobile app based on Salesforce technology. Developers will build apps in one of three categories: Force.com, Heroku and Force.com with Heroku. Salesforce expects more than 25,000 developers to attend Dreamforce, and the developers will have over 200 developer-focused breakout sessions to inspire entries into the hackathon. The free hackathon will take place Friday through Sunday, but participants must register by Wednesday.
Participants will have the opportunity to win one of 35 cash prizes with a grand prize of $250,000. In addition to the three main categories, Salesforce will award bonus prizes for the best app that contributes new Ruby, Python, Node or Postgres code to the open source community. As the Salesforce1 Platform exists as a flexible platform-as-a-service, apps are not limited to sales apps alone. Developers are encouraged to explore the furthest depths of their imagination to create apps of all kinds. Judges will base awards on innovation, business potential, User Experience and use of Salesforce technologies.
The hacking begins Friday, just after a kick-off event. A science fair-type round of demos and judging will begin Sunday. Winners for sixth through 10th places will be announced on Sunday, but the top finalists will move on to a second and final round of judging to take place Oct. 14 at the Dreamforce Developer Zone. The top teams will be announced on Oct. 16 as Dreamforce concludes. Check out the full list of rules and make sure to register ASAP to join the masses of developers who will attend the largest software event in the world.