Join us for Wayfair's 5th Annual Employee Hackathon!
- Dates and Times: Friday July 14th – Monday July 17th
- Kick-off Party and Project Pitching Session: Friday, July 14th in the 3rd Floor Kitchen from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
- Preliminary Judging (Private): Monday, July 17th starting at 8:00 am in Ripstop on the 2nd Floor by Brad Shaw and Ben Clark
- Final Judging (Public): Monday, July 17th starting at 12:00 PM in Credenza and Hammock by John Mulliken and Ed Macri
- A/C: Please Note A/C will only be available on the 3rd floor due to cost. It will be shut off at 5:00 AM on Sunday morning.
Friday, July 14th
- Pizza and Soda provided starting at 4:00 PM
Saturday, July 15th
- Breakfast – Bagles, Coffee and Juice starting at 9:00 AM
- Lunch – Burritos and Snacks starting at 12:00 PM
- Dinner – Tasty Burger starting at 5:00 PM
- Team Formation and Rules
- Teams and Projects: Come prepared with a team and project you’re ready to work on or just show up. There will be an opportunity for you to pitch your ideas or listen to other pitches during the Kick-Off Party. You can use that time connect with others and form a team in the first few hours.
- Equipment: Bring your own gear, or work from your Wayfair workstation. To be considered for a prize, you must be able to demo in the Wingback conference room on Monday.
- Non-employee Participants: This year we are allowing those outside of Wayfair to participate. They have to be invited by an employee and must be on a team with Wayfair employees. Limit 1 non-Wayfarian to a team in order to qualify for prizes.
- Cash prizes to be awarded by the Judges panel (Visa gift card)
- Most Innovative – $100 Best project to demonstrate a creative or groundbreaking use of technology
- “Good Samaritan” Award – $100 Best project focused on helping improve the lives of others
- The Future of Wayfair – $250 Best project that could most likely be used by Wayfair in the future
- Best Overall Project – $500 Grand Prize
You must be an employee of some sort (full time, intern or contract) or invited to directly to particpate alognside an employee. If you plan to invite a non-Wayfair employee please email Sam Wickman directly.
Project descriptions and screen shots are due no later than 9 AM on Sunday the 16th. Preliminary judging schedule will be communicated by 5:00 PM that evening. You must submit your project along with your team name and team members name to the DevPost site to qualify. If you have issues doing this please email Sam Wickman directly.
How to enter
If you have not already registered through the registration link please email Sam Wickman at swickman@wayfair. Please be advised this event is only open to Wayfair employees or individuals invited to participate by Wayfair Employees.
Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?