If you missed it last year, the way we do Battle of the Hacks is different from other hackathons you might have been part of. We bring together the 14 top university hackathon organizers in North America. Each puts together a team of their four top engineers. These four-person teams compete for votes from the judging panel, and ultimately the $25,000 sponsorship we put up for a hackathon to be hosted at the winning school.

Schedule of Events for Battle of the Hacks v 3.0 at Andreessen Horowitz HQ

Saturday, June 18th 2016

11:30am - Sign in | Lunch

1:00pm - Welcome & Intro

1:20pm - Debate

1:40pm - Hacking Begins

6:00pm - Dinner

9:00pm - Dessert

Sunday, June 19th 2016

12:00am - Midnight Snack

6:30am - Breakfast

11:30am - Hack Submissions Due | Lunch

12:00pm - Presentations

2:15pm - Steven Sinofsky Talk on AI & Deep Learning

3:15pm - Judging & Awards

3:30pm - End - Thank You!

Details for Hackers

Contacts: Dave Jagoda

Contacts: Jessica Hansen

Wifi: a16zhack PW: a16zhack

Social Media: @a16z #a16zBattle



All Team Members MUST Be An Organizer for one of the 15 invited Hackathons


Please submit your hack by 11:30am on Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Hackers must submit their team's hacks by 11:30am on June 19th and be ready to present to the judges by 1pm.

Hackathon Sponsors


$26,400 in prizes

First Place

The winning team will be awarded a $25,000 prize in the form of an a16z sponsorship for their next organization's hackathon.

Second Place - Myo Bands

Third Place - Das Keyboards

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Cynthia Maxwell

Cynthia Maxwell
Director of iOS Engineering / Slack

Arnaud Ferreri

Arnaud Ferreri
Technical Team Lead / Instacart

Matt Sherman

Matt Sherman
Engineering Manager / Stack Overflow

Debo Olaosebikan

Debo Olaosebikan
Founder & CTO / Gigster

Artem Harutyunyan

Artem Harutyunyan
Director of Engineering / Mesosphere

Zassmin Montes de Oca

Zassmin Montes de Oca
Head of Technology / Women Who Code

Carlos Espinoza

Carlos Espinoza
Engineering Manager / Imgur

Judging Criteria

  • Best Hack

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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