This event is co-organized by The Intern Project, a non-profit that serves over 7,000 Bay Area interns and young working professionals who come from all over the world.

Our mission is to create an environment where 100 of the Bay Area’s top intern hackers discover their superpowers. Those successful will have spent the weekend building something of value that can solve the world’s problems and become today’s super heroes. 

Today’s heroes are people who can build amazing products that simplify and improve our lives.

PLEASE NOTE: Hero Hacks is only open to people who have registered through our eventbrite page. We have a limited amount of space and can only accommodate the people who have registered and been notified.

Check out our home-made Developer Guide for getting started and ready to hack when you get to the event! (Please make sure to download all the necessary SDKs before coming)

Day 1
-6:30 Registration
-7:00 Dinner 
-8:00 Orientation
-12:00 Hacking and Snacks

-8:00 Snacks
-12:00 Lunch
-2:00 Submission begins
-3:00 Challenge Post Opens
-4:00 Judging starts
-5:00 Announce winners
-6:00 Clean up!


- You must be physically present at Hero Hacks.

- Teams should not consist of more than 5 members.

BYOH (Bring your own hack)

- Code can be written before the event and we even encourage you to build on top of your existing hacks. The only requirement is that you introduce a new wearable to your hack.

You must add a new wearable component to the project. i.e. if a previous hack didn't have wearables but want to continue working on it, they must incoporate a wearable device.

We'll also accept previous projects that already have a wearable device but must also include a new sponsors' device.


Build anything involving wearable technology, IoT devices, or hardware. Please submit what you've built before and what you're adding to your project that has to do with wearables, IoT, or hardware.

Hackathon Sponsors


$4,870 in prizes

Top Pebble Hack (3)

Pebbles for entire team.

Top Jawbone Hack (3)

Jawbone UP24s for entire team.

Top Myo Hack (4)

Myo Developer Kits to the team members with the best Myo application.

Top Intelligent Headset Hack (3)

Best 2 apps developed during hack which utilize minimum one of the sensors in the Intelligent Headset, will receive one of the first Sales Packs of Intelligent Headsets for each member in team (max. 5 members).

Additionally all apps released in AppStore during 2014, utilizing minimum one of the sensors in the Intelligent Headset, will receive one Sales Pack of Intelligent Headset, and a co-marketing agreement including web and sales pack promotion.

Top Oculus Rift Hack (5)

Top team who makes the best Oculus Hack will get DK2 dev kits to everyone.

Top 5 Smart Glasses

One team member gets a cool smart glasses that can record video live time.

Top 5 Android Toys (6)

We gave honorable mentions to teams that did really well.

Top 5 FitBit

Honorable mention to top 5 winner.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Marco Chiang

Marco Chiang

Carlos Montesinos

Carlos Montesinos

Judging Criteria

  • Heroicness
    Have you pushed the boundaries of wearable technology? Are you forward thinking in building the next generation of wearable technology and how it's used?
  • Relentlessness
    How difficult was it to create your hack? Did you leap through obstacles to accomplish your vision? Did you teach yourself things you didn't know and didn't know you could do?
  • Selflessness
    Does you hack solve a real problem and attempt to make people's lives easier?

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