December 18, 2017

Winners of the Product Hunt Global Hackathon 2017

Nearly two months ago we announced the Product Hunt Global Hackathon to bring together makers from around the world. Unlike traditional hackathons, this event took place online through the entire month of November with over $250,000.

Over 4,500 makers from 124 different countries signed up. Teams were challenged to design, build, and ship a working product within the month and evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Whether the product solves a true problem
  • Uniqueness of the solution
  • Strength of execution

Each team was given access to Ship, a toolkit to help makers build and ship awesome products, sharing updates and gathering feedback along the way.

Last week we and the judges reviewed projects. The results were impressive.

Today we’re excited to share the winning teams across six categories — Blockchain/Crypto, Social Impact, AI/Machine Learning, Augmented Reality, Slack, and Google Assistant — in addition to the grand prize winners.

Blockchain/Crypto Category

These past months have been exciting in the blockchain and crypto industry. The Coinbase app hit the #1 spot on the App Store last week, bitcoin has reached all-time highs, and governments are even launching their own cryptocurrencies. While bubbly, we’re beginning to see several creative, useful applications of blockchain technology and promising cryptoassets emerging.

Winner: Supermax is a set of web APIs to access and manage data on the Ethereum blockchain. While current solutions require developers to create internal databases and run expensive nodes and servers to organize and analyze this data, Supermax allows anybody to quickly interact with data stored on the Ethereum blockchain.

Personally, I was impressed by the applicability of their product: decentralized applications built on top of the Ethereum blockchain like CryptoKitties have taken the community by storm, so it’s exciting to see products built to make building easier. Well done, Kuan and Chunxi!

Social Impact Category

Technology has the potential to fundamentally improve the lives of millions. Drones are delivering urgent medicines and blood transfusions to remote hospitals across Africa, and a whole category of apps such as Resistbot are helping constituents reach their representatives in Congress.

It’s encouraging to see the interest in building products for good with over 40% of teams submitting projects in this category, it was by far the most competitive. As a result, we decided to elect two winners for this category.

Winner #1: Donate Your Website is an embeddable plugin that allows websites to donate their web traffic to a good cause. With just a few lines of code, any website owner can quickly funnel attention to causes that deserve the attention.

Sometimes the most effective solutions don’t require a complicated product. Congratulations to Adrianna, Morgan, Jesse, and Jim!

Winner #2: Sempo allows anybody to donate directly to verified individuals who are affected by large-scale disasters. Instead of relying on intermediaries to process, manage, and deliver aid, Sempo allows users to donate directly to people in need.

Built by 19-year-old Tristan and Nick from Australia, the app has already been used to donate funds to victims of the California wildfire and Mount Agung eruption.

AI / Machine Learning Category

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will power the next generation of products for consumers and businesses. These applications typically require vast computing resources to build predictive models, so we partnered with Amazon Web Services to provide the winners of this category $100,000 in AWS credits to power their app through the next stages of development.

Winner: Audify curates, collects, and delivers articles and content from your favorite places on the internet based on how much time you have to listen. Built with an entire suite of Amazon products, this tool creates easily-digestible summaries for all of your favorite content.

This reminds me of Umano, a product I loved but was ultimately shut down shortly after its Dropbox acquisition. Truthfully, I think they were ahead of their time, before the proliferation of Echo and Google Home devices. Great work, Chris and Andrew!

Augmented Reality Category

We’re beginning to see a ton of interesting AR apps hit Product Hunt (this is one is particularly stunning), in part thanks to Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore. While many might be viewed as glorious tech demos, we expect to see more useful and potentially viral Pokemon Go-like experiences in 2018.

Winner: Scavengar is a worldwide, augmented reality scavenger hunt. Explore your city and find gems tied to real-world locations to win points in the game, all through your camera’s lens.

Well done, Stefan and Arthur. Excited to try this out when it’s public!

Slack Category

Over the past few years Slack’s developer platform has matured, introducing a wave of bots and apps for teams to play with. As remote working and distributed teams rise in prominence Slack and its app ecosystem becomes increasingly important. Although, not every app needs to be about productivity. 😉

Winner: Klue is an text based interactive Slack game, allowing employees to work together to solve the mystery of who sold your company’s secret to your competitor.

This is delightfully nostalgic, reminiscent of early text-based adventure games. Love it, Ghyslain and Jérémy!

Google Assistant Category

It’s early days for voice-based apps as more of consumer’s behavior shifts from traditional tap tap computing to voice-based input thanks to platforms like Google Assistant. As a long-time owner of a Google Home device, I was particularly excited to see what makers built in this category.

Winner: Autometa is an open-sourced IoT platform for your car’s health, giving owners an opportunity to literally talk to their car via Google Assistant to read the car’s gas level, location, and health.

Built by two student makers in Australia, both the judges and team were impressed by the execution and unique of this project. Congratulations on the win, Arjun and Alex! 👏

Overall Winners

Now for the overall Hackathon winners!

*insert drum roll*

Third Place Overall

Machine learning models can be terribly difficult to implement or apply to datasets, especially for beginners. Provisioning infrastructure and tuning these models can be overwhelming.

Winner: Kenza is a plug and play application for data scientists and developers to quickly build, train, and deploy machine learning models at scale. Track the effectiveness and progress of your various models in one place.

The entire judging team was impressed by how easy this service is to use compared to current solutions. Thanks to our partners, the Kenza team will receive $15,000 in AWS credits, a Global Classroom Course from Girls in Tech, and access to Stripe Atlas. Congratulations to Pavlos, Alex, Thelxi, and Joakim!

Second Place Overall

This one’s wild. Our second place prize goes to two high school students for people that love sweets.

Winner: SweetBud is a magical coffee cup lid that makes any coffee taste sweet using electrical currents to stimulate your tongue. Compatible with almost every coffee cups, you can use the connected mobile application to adjust and track the sweetness of your coffee instantly.

The entire team was impressed by the uniqueness of this solution and the amount of progress made in just a month. Sierra and Simon will receive $25,000 in AWS credits, a Global Classroom Course from Girls in Tech, and access to Stripe Atlas.

As someone that avoids sugar, I’m excited to see where this goes. ☕

First Place Overall

The recent interest in blockchain technologies has created a new generation of bitcoin, ethereum, and crypto-millionaires. Unfortunately, the tax law surrounding this entire industry is confusing and unclear, especially for individuals not accustomed to reporting their own capital gains taxes.

Winner: Token Tax files all of your cryptocurrency taxes for you, integrating directly with Coinbase’s API to import all of your investments and export a single PDF that you can submit directly to the IRS for review.

Huge congratulations to our top winners, David and Alex. They’ll receive a $100,000 in AWS credits to pursue Token Tax (or any other project you’d like), a fully-inclusive trip to TechCrunch Disrupt, a Global Classroom Course from Girls in Tech, and access to Stripe Atlas. 🎉

Honorable Mentions

With hundreds of submissions from around the world, we wanted to recognize other notable products that caught our eye. In no particular order:

🛍️ TinyMerch, an all-in-one ecommerce and manufacturing store.
👔 Leveled, a tool to discover and rate work cultures.
🛠️ Publicly, a platform to help makers build in public.
🌎 OneRelief, an app to democratize philanthropy and giving.
📊 Spreadshare, a spreadsheet database on the blockchain.
🎙️ Broadcast, a social podcast app to find the best episodes.
🔗 ProveIt, a tool to prove ownership of assets on the blockchain.
📑 MuchCloser, an AI-powered CRM for your personal life.
💸 Munt, which is like Stripe but for cryptocurrencies.
📸 Autolocus, a tool to find the best Kodak moments using ML.
🎁 Papeye, an easy way to buy and gift cryptocurrencies.
💰 Cryptoradar, a tool to find the cheapest bitcoin anywhere.
💍 MoodRing, a beautiful mood-tracker for your life.
🍳Kitchen Assistant, a voice-powered soús chef.
📈 Million People Homepage, a viral donation engine for charity.
🕵️‍♂️ cQuoi, an AI-powered search engine for art and style.
🤖 Mongobot, a Slackbot that can run MongoDB queries.
💬 Franky, an IoT platform built on top of Slack.
🛫 YARN, a new way for travelers to explore cities.

Thanks to our friends and partners

Of course, thanks again to our judges for taking the time out of their busy schedules to review projects. This included Michael Seibel (CEO, Y Combinator), Alexis Ohanian (Cofounder Reddit + Initialized Capital), Sophia Mahfooz (COO at Girls in Tech, Inc.), Morgan Beller (Corporate Development, Facebook), Startup L. Jackson (Social Media F*cking Master), Sarah Tavel (General Partner, Benchmark), Matt Sandler (Startup BD, Amazon/AWS; EIR, Techstars Music), Alexia Bonatsos (Writer), Hiten Shah (Founder), Anil Dash(CEO, Fog Creek Software), Justin Kan (CEO of Atrium LTS, Founder of Twitch), Michael Lopp (VP Engineering, Slack), Cyan Banister (Partner, Founders Fund), and Sarah Buhr (Writer, TechCrunch).

Also huge high five to our partners for spreading the word and supporting makers.

Amazon Web Services provides startups with low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale — from the spark of an idea, to your first customer, to IPO and beyond. Constantly innovating in cloud infrastructure, artificial intelligence services, and developer tools, AWS is trusted by the largest enterprises and hottest startups alike.

Dribbble is on a mission to build the world’s best platform for designers to gain inspiration, feedback, education, community, and job opportunities. They serve as the go-to resource for discovering and connecting with designers around the globe.

Girls in Tech
Girls in Tech is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. With over 100,000 members, we exist to provide women with a platform for growth, but we operate with the spirit of the girl within all of us — fearless, lively and determined.

The Google Assistant
The Google Assistant allows you to have a natural conversation between you and Google. It’s one Assistant that’s ready to help you throughout your day and is accessible on more than 100M devices including Android and iPhones, Google Home and voice-activated speakers, Android TV, smart home and wearables.

Glitch is the friendly community where you’ll build the app of your dreams. With working example apps to remix, a code editor to modify them, instant hosting and deployment — anybody can build a web app on Glitch for free. Here’re some starter apps to help get you up and hacking quickly.

Indie Hackers
Indie Hackers is a community where the makers behind profitable businesses and side projects come to share their stories (and revenue numbers) transparently, and where other entrepreneurs can learn from those examples, discuss their own ideas and projects, and give each other feedback and support.

Slack takes the hardest part of all our jobs — communication — and makes it simpler, more pleasant, and more productive. Whether you’re collaborating, brainstorming, striking deals, approving expenses, standing up with your team or sitting down with a new client, you can do that all in Slack. Today, more than 9 million people around the world — from Fortune 100 companies to thriving neighborhood restaurants — rely on Slack to bring their teams together, make sense of their work, and drive their businesses forward.

Stripe Atlas
Starting a company can be needlessly complicated — lengthy paperwork, bank visits, legal complexity, numerous fees, and non-obvious decisions about what services to use. Stripe Atlas to make this easy: a tool to handle everything involved in establishing business. Within minutes, Stripe Atlas allows entrepreneurs to incorporate as a Delaware C Corporation, get a signed certificate of incorporation, bylaws, and board consent; IRS Employer Identification Number (EIN); access to your business bank account, a Stripe account and access to the full Stripe product suite; and special offers on startup services. Product Hunt Hackathon participants can skip the line and get instant access to Stripe Atlas here.

TechCrunch Disrupt
TechCrunch Disrupt is coming back to San Francisco in a big way in 2018. As the preeminent global startup event for learning, innovation and networking, you’ll discover hundreds of early stage founders and emerging technologies making their debut! Sign up to be the first to hear about their exciting announcements to come in the weeks ahead at

Lastly, big thanks to everyone that participated. We’re looking forward to hosting another global hackathon in the new year. 😊

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