Mobile Hackbrought to you by Dice.

MAR 15-16, 2014

DMACC, FFA Enrichment Center
1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny, Iowa 50023 (map)

$10,000 in prizes

Hack everything mobile: web, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Hybrid


Thanks to all the participants and congrats to the winners!

Thanks to everyone who came out to and participated in our hackathon! Here's a list of all the winners…

  • Best Overall: Make Me Move—Utilizing the API, it lets users take and upload a picture of their resume without having to first create a profile. Prize: $3,500
  • Runner-Up: QRate—Allows users to catalog physical storage through a camera and voice recognition, using QR codes and search functionality for boxes entered into the system. Prize: $2,000
  • Honorable Mention: Dawn Light - Suicide Crisis Hotline Lookup—Android app that uses GPS to let users look up a list of suicide crisis hotline phone numbers that are geographically near their phone. Prize: Keurig coffee maker
  • Honorable Mention: Recommend Me—Uses LinkedIn and the Jobs API to find jobs in a user's area that are best matched to interests and skills, as well as ask connections for recommendations. Prize: Keurig coffee maker
  • Best Use of Dice API: Social Worker—Hybrid application that makes job searching a social activity through Twitter, so that users can more easily search for and share job information on that platform. Prize: $2,000
  • Best Student: EZCambus—A tool for students using buses in the Iowa City and Coralville areas. Prize: $1,000
  • Best Design: RepoRanker—It brings Amazon-style social reviews to GitHub repositories. Prize: $1,500



Saturday, March 15th

9am: Doors open

9-9:15: Breakfast and welcome

9:15-12: Hack away

12-1: Lunch

1-6: Keep hacking

6-7: Dinner

7-11:59pm: Hack some more

Sunday, March 16th

12am-12:01: Rest

12:01-9am: Don’t stop hacking

9-9:30: Breakfast

9:30-10: Finishing touches

10-12: Presentations/Judging/Awards




Teams must consist of between 1 and 5 participants. Teams must submit a list of members before the presentation portion of the event on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 10:00 am Central Standard Time (CST). Any modifications after that must be approved by organizers. You can, by all means go solo, but we encourage you to work in groups!


Each team is permitted one submission that must be received by 10:00am on Sunday, March 16, 2014. Code submitted must be produced only by team members and written during the Dice Hackathon from the starting time on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 9 am CST to the submission time, March 16th, at 10am CST. If you are continuing a previous project or using old code written by you, let us know on the project submission form. Third party libraries are allowed without notice provided that they are publicly available to any participant.


Teams have full ownership of everything they build at this event.

Judging Criteria

Teams' demos will be judged on several criteria including usefulness, technical difficulty, polish, and creativity. Teams will not be told their scores during or after judging, and decisions by the judges and Dice Hackathon team are final. To compete in the student category, teams must be made up of at least 50% students and show their student IDs.


Winners for the Dice Hackathon prizes will be selected by a panel judges and must be present. The winning team is responsible for all taxes associated with a prize.


By attending the Dice Hackathon, you acknowledge that your picture and video may be used without compensation, prior permission, or notification in any promotional material related to the Dice Hackathon.

Have Fun!

It's a hackathon! Use whatever languages or hacks you have in your arsenal. Show us new concepts. Show us anything you'd like. If you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong! And remember, we're guests at the FFA Enrichment Center, so don't do anything too crazy.

By registering for the Dice Hackathon, you are agreeing to the full set of terms and conditions.



Here are some great resources to get started. You’re obviously encouraged to use any publicly available resource, but we wanted to serve up a few.

Remember, if you need to download any SDKs, they can be large, so we recommend downloading them before you arrive.



Manish Dixit

VP Engineering Dice

Nick Parker

Senior Developer Zetetic

Dan Shipton


Jason Mead

Developer Lead Dwolla

Nate Buwalda

Consultant Lean Techniques



Questions, comments? We’re here for you. Drop us a line and we’ll get back to you. Promise.