PennApps has grown quite significantly since it started in 2009!
Our biggest hackathon yet, PennApps Fall 2012 was the first PennApps with no theme. Hacks spanned all platforms and genres, competing for over $7000 in prizes sponsored in part by Venmo, KPCB Fellows, Bain Capital Ventures Startup Academy and 41 other companies.
J.A.M took home the grand prize of $4000, a trip to Google NYC, entry into Facebook College Hackathon Finals and Greylock Hackfest 2. Second place was SnapSite which won a prize of $2000. Finally, in third place was Passwarp which won $1000.
In addition to these main prizewinners were winners of sponsored prizes. The full list of winners can be found here.
Sponsored by Venmo, Coursekit (now Lore), Tumblr, Yahoo, and nineteen other companies, PennApps Spring 2012 centered around the theme of simplicity. Hackers from all along the east coast came to Philadelphia to show off their hacks and compete for over $5000 in prizes. ScratchTable won the grand prize: the team used a contact mike and their coding skills to turn any surface into a DJ turntable. Second place was Grassroutes, a hack that allowed anyone to put a widget on any website, giving users one-click access to their congressional representatives. The full list of winners can be found here.
In Fall 2011, the focus was data. Sponsored by Venmo, Comcast, Twilio, Yahoo, Palantir, Tumblr, Mozilla, and 30 other companies and organizations, we challenged students to choose from a variety of publicly available data sets. Competitors were asked to uniquely and efficiently solve problems through the use of data. 40 teams presented at the demo session, and their hacks were truly innovative.
Also known as PennApps mobile, this hackathon centered around the creation of mobile apps. 23 teams pulled together their hacks on platforms including Android, iPhone, Mobile Web, Windows Phone, and through texting.
Cohosted by Penn's Women in Computer Science (WICS), the very first PennApps spanned a week! (Don't worry, participants were allowed to sleep.) 17 teams participated, and laid the foundation for all PennApps to come.