August 11th through September 1st

Submit Your Hack Here

How can you reach over 243 million Indian online users? By joining the IBM HackFest Virtual Hackathon. Choose from one of three themes: Finance/Technology, Entertainment or Social Good. Create an awesome hack, alone or with a team, and deploy it on the BlueMix platform. Once you deploy your app, make sure to enter your information here and you could win one of the three 100,000 INR prize packs! Seven lucky winners will win a Woodland Gift Hamper worth 10,000 INR. There's more, the best Social Good app will win an entry into the AngelHack HACKcelerator with a $1000 airline voucher to the Silicon Valley. Do it India! We know you're going to build something great.

Competition Details

Steps to completing the Virtual Hackathon

Sign Up for the IBM BlueMix 30 day FREE TRIAL
Visit to get a 30 day FREE TRIAL for IBM BlueMix. You will receive an authorization email and then you'll be ready to start creating.
Step 1

Sign Up for the IBM BlueMix 30 day FREE TRIAL

Deploy your app on the BlueMix platform

Work on your hack and deploy it on the BlueMix platform by September 1st 2014. Once deployed, your hack will generate an exclusive URL with a extension. Make a note of your host name, you'll need it for the last step, Step 3!

Step 2

Deploy your app on the BlueMix platform

Submit your Hack on

Last Step! Click here and fill out this simple form. Want to give your entry a competitive edge? Then submit a screencast (video description) of your hack on YouTube and send us the link. You’re one step away from 100,000 INR.

Step 3

Submit your Hack on

Event Schedule

August 11, 2014
  • Open for Submission

September 1, 2014
  • Last Day for Submission

Sep. 2nd – Sep. 8th
  • Judging Period

September 18, 2014
  • Winner Announced

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Choose a theme, work on your hack and submit your idea. You could win one of the following prizes.

  • Winners of the Finance/Technolgy theme will win 100,000 INR plus a 10,000 INR Woodland Gift Hamper.
  • Winners of the Entertainment theme will win 100,000 INR plus a 10,000 INR Woodland Gift Hamper.
  • Winners of the Social Good theme will win 100,000 INR plus a 10,000 INR Woodland Gift Hamper.
    This winner will also win entry into the AngelHack HACKcelerator program with a $1,000 USD travel stipend to attend Silicon Valley Week.
  • 7 Woodland Gift Hampers, worth 10,000 INR each , will be given randomly, 3 to the first 25 projects submitted and 4 for all other prizes submitted thereafter at the end of the hackathon.

Hack Themes

Following are the hackathon themes on which you can build your apps.

Financial and Technology

Innovate and create an app that can tap into India’s Finance and Technology scene.

Innovation, Finance or Technology


Bollywood and Adventure often go hand-in-hand, create an app that captures the vibrant Indian imagination with a Bollywood or Adventure theme.

Bollywood or Adventure

Social Good

Grow your good karma by building an app that could improve the lives of millions of Indians.

Social Good

Real Estate App Challenge

Godrej is coming up with one of the largest real estate development projects. Based on the tenets of New Urbanism. Once completed, It will house premium office space, residential towers, high-street retail and five star hospitality, all centered around a large four acre landscaped park.
Create an App which would help Visitor or family to the complex who,
1. Want to shop
2. Want to find a quiet zone
3. Want to spend quality time

The app once built, should satisfy the recreational need, interactive engagement and safety & security of visitors to the complex.


We’ve got an expert panel of judges

Ivor is Senior Editor at Firstbiz, the online business newspaper catering to the young and digital indian. Firstbiz was started by Firstpost, India's first and only exclusive digital newspaper. Ivor is passionate about mobile technologies and has coverered the enterprise technology and technology business for 17 years as part of close to 19 years of experience in journalism, spanning print, television and digital.
Ivor Soans

Senior Editor at Firstbiz

Venu Reddy is a research director at IDC India and is responsible to manage and orchestrate the research across all of the ICT technology areas in India. Prior to IDC India, Venu was a Vice-President at a leading market research and consulting company’s Asia Pacific operations.
Venu Reddy

Research Director at IDC, India

Vamsicharan Mudiam is the Cloud Computing Strategy Leader for IBM India/South Asia. Vamsi is responsible for presenting an integrated ‘one IBM’ view on Cloud Computing to clients and partners. He also looks after strategic initiatives related to Cloud, with special focus on solution creation specific to local market needs.
Vamsicharan Mudiam

Country Manager, Cloud Solutions, IBM India/South Asia

Mr. Singh graduated from University of Delhi and went to Russian State University of Trade and Economics. Later, he went to Harvard Business School for Executive Education. Mr. Singh's acute perception of the market trends has assisted him to sustain the volume of business even in times of downturns in the market, period of recession, keeping the brand on top, ahead of all competition.
Harkirat Singh

Managing Director, Woodland Worldwide

Voted India's best boss by Times Jobs in 2008. Nishad Ramachandran was on the jury of the 55th Cannes International Advertising Festival. His belief is that advertising is converging around a digital marketing hub, as VP of Hansa Cequity, his job is to bring that alive. He has done extensive work in conventional print, television and radio campaigns social media marketing, CRM driven marketing and customer lifecycle management programs.
Nishad Ramachandran

Vice President at Hansa Cequity

Sanchit is the Chief Analyst & CEO of Greyhound Research, an independent IT & Telecom Research & Advisory firm. He also serves as Founder & CEO of Greyhound Knowledge Group. Sanchit is a highly recognized and reputed IT analyst, consultant and advisor. He is also the author of the famous blog, As Disruptive As IT Gets that has readership from over 100 countries, which has been rated at number 10 in the top 20 global resources for Business IT leaders in 2014 across the globe!
Sanchit Vir Gogia

Chief Analyst & CEO of Greyhound Research


Yes! Here's a link that will help get you started. Check it out!

  • Application period: August 11th, 2014
  • Submission and registration deadline: 11:59 p.m. on September 1, 2014 (IST)
  • Judging period: September 2nd – September 8th
  • Winners announced: September 18, 2014

No. This hackathon is purely virtual. All submissions will be on the CLOUD!

  • Finance and Technology Category: 100,000 INR.
  • Entertainment Category: 100,000 INR.
  • Social Good Category: 100,000INR and entry into the AngelHack HACKcelerator with $1000 airfare stipend to the Silicon Valley.
  • Best submission before August 18th: 7 Woodland Gift Hampers will be given randomly, 3 to the first 25 projects submitted and 4 for all other prizes submitted thereafter at the end of the hackathon.

Yes. Signing-up for BlueMix is required to particpate. You must host your app on the BlueMix platform to be eligible. A FREE trial is provided for you HERE

Participant can formulate and plan their hack ideas beforehand, use new or existing code; as long as you use the BlueMix platform to deploy your app!
See full list of RULES.

AngelHack will notify all participants through a newsletter and the competition social media channels. Join our Facebook page here to get all of the updates.

You can submit your hack URL HERE

Here are some detailed instructions on how to deploy an Android app on BlueMix.

Here are some detailed instructions on how to deploy an iOS app on BlueMix.

Here is a library of topics that will answer almost any technical question you may have.


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