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eMerge Americas Hackathon: And the winners are...



The challenge: 24 hours to create a $$ winning hack.

Ironhack, a Miami company offering coding bootcamps, Facebook and others teamed up to host the second annual eMerge Americas Hackathon. This year, the eMerge Americas Hackathon was focusing on developing innovative applications using some of Facebook’s newest technologies.

The 24-hour Hackathon was hosted at Miami Dade College's Idea Center on May 2-3. Up for grabs: $50,000 in cash and prizes, including $10,000 in cash for the first-place team.

There were plenty of mentors on hand to help throughout the 24-hour period (as well as food and .CLUB coffee), and 24 bleary-eyed teams made it through and presented their applications to the judges, said Ariel Quinones of IronHack. Each team got three minutes to present their hack, with some time for judge followup.

All Hackathon participants received Tech Passes to eMerge Americas.

The first place winner took home the grand prize -- $10,000 cash -- and all winners received credits and services worth about $40,000. In addition there was a Kairos prize, an Apple TV, and a .CLUB prize, $2,000 in cash.

Awaiting the winner announcement:


And the winners were.... 


1st Prize
Project name: Drawables.club (and .CLUB prize) - doodle on your image and send it to your Facebook friends.
Team members: all from the company TSL.io
  • David Hartmann
  • Cordell Pointer
  • Lauren Culp
  • Regynald Augustin
  • Cristina


2nd Prize (and Kairos prize)
Project name: Sociable - takes a face and  matches it to its Facebook account
Team members: all high school students
  • Joe Azar-Williams
  • Josh Hellerstein 
  • Anton Relin 
  • Matt Liang


3rd Prize
Project name: Gydr - crowdsourcing for hospitality industry, the WAZE for tourism.
Team members: 
  • Ashley Narcisse
  • Manny Cespedes
  • Luis Castillo
  • Daniel Costa E Sa


Congratulations to all!

- Nancy Dahlberg