Transforming the Bay and Beyond

September 23-23, 2016

Join us for the 2016 3-city Bay Area Code for the Kingdom hackathon. Together with local organizers in San Francisco, Fremont, and Palo Alto and partner organizations we share a common vision to provide more opportunities for communities around the world to participate and showcase innovation and entrepreneurship in their communities by creating technologies addressing significant issues confronting society, community, families, and spiritual life.

The 4th annual San Francisco Bay Area Code for the Kingdom hackahton builds upon the success of the previous 3 as well as the 2015 Global hackathon and previous regional hackathons. Those events have already gathered over 3500 technologists to create over 330 projects to do good. This 3-city Bay Area faith-inspired tech collaboration will continue to activate technologists and other creative people to give their skills and some time as their contribution to the mission field, and it will also leverage the skills and in- sights of entrepreneurs, designers, and technologists to foster an entrepreneurial culture with Christian values.

Come, participate and address a number of challenges aimed at helping release the oppressed, teaching God’s Word, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and supporting the church and the body of Christ.

Join us and let’s together create technology that matters.


Event Schedule

Friday, September 23rd

7:00 PM Doors Open

7:00 - 8:00 PM Dinner & Networking

8:00 - 8:25 PM Welcome & Review Format

8:25 - 8:35 PM API Presentations

8:35 - 8:50 PM Review - Official Challenges

8:50 - 9:20 PM Open Floor - pitch your own project

9:20 - 11:59 PM Team Formation/Create Away


Saturday, September 24rd

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM Creating

8:30 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM Schedule and logistics announcements, team rebalancing

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Meet with Mentors and Subject Matter Experts

12:00 PM Lunch

4:30 p.m.   Optional progress briefing, more developing  

6:00 PM Dinner


Sunday, September 25

12:00 - 2:15 PM Creating

8:30 AM Breakfast

10:30 - 11:30 AM Option to join/watch with Sunday Service

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Presentation Walk-thru & Judges Make Rounds

2:30 PM Submission deadline; Team Presentations Begin

4:30 PM Judges adjourn

4:50 PM Call-back

5:00 PM Awards Ceremony

5:30 PM Closing

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Hackathon Sponsors


$2,000 in prizes

Best New Code at each location (3)

1 Team from each of the 3 cities will be recognized with "Best new code" award for a total of 3 winners for the Bay Area Hackathon.

Best Exixting Code at each location (3)

1 Team from each of the 3 cities will be recognized with "Best existing code" award for a total of 3 winners for the Bay Area Hackathon. Coding must take place at the hackathon in order to be eligible for awards.

Luncheon for all Winning Teams

6 Winning Teams will be given the opportunity to attend a luncheon with Henry Kaestner, Managing Partner of Sovereigns Capital, Yu-kai Chou, Gamification Author, and Josh Kwan, founder of Praxis Labs.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Anyone is eligible to participate! 


All Project ideas are welcome.  Bay Area Hackathon Challenges will be presented so Projects to solve these Challenges are encouraged!


Judges to be introduced on site at each location

Judges to be introduced on site at each location

Judging Criteria

  • Kingdom Impact
    Kingdom Impact Does this solution have kingdom impact? Does it advance God’s purposes as communicated in the Bible?
  • Viability
    Viability How viable is this in the real world? Is this solution implementable? How hard would it be to scale?
  • Innovation / Originality
    Innovation / Originality Is this an original or unique approach? Has the team done something different in how they have addressed the challenge?
  • Completeness
    Completeness Is the project still conceptual, or has it been more fully developed? Is there a working prototype?