Contest Summary

Welcome to the 2013 SuperAwesome Cloud API Mashathon!

The cloud track is all about innovation and mashing up our partner’s APIs. To make sure no one has a head start, we introduced our own version of the famous “Price is Right Wheel“, the API Wheel! Contestants will spin the wheel three times to find out what APIs they must integrate into their application. The contest allows contestants to drop one API. Once they have selected their APIs, the only limit contestants face is the time constraint. Build the coolest app you can in the time limit.

Have questions? Post in this forum on CloudSpokes or on TopCoder.

Primary goals

Build a fantastic app utilizing the selected APIs.


  • Spin the “API Wheel” three times. You can view the results of each contestant’s spin here.
  • Contestant must build an application on a cloud platform (Heroku, GAE, AWS EC2 or Beanstalk, Cloud Foundry).
  • The contestant must use two of the three APIs.
  • Contestants must register for a CloudSpokes account.
  • Onsite Contestants must upload the demo URL of their submission to this challenge (accessible after spinning the API Wheel) by Wednesday at 10am EST.
  • All contestants must be in the New York Ballroom at 10am EST for Round 1 judging.
  • Contestants will present in the order in which their API Wheel spins were recorded. Members that have conflicting schedules must request an alter time slot with Tim Hicks.


Judging Criteria

A panel of judges for the Final Round will be reviewing based on the following:

  • Innovation (20%)
    • The submission creates an innovative and creative solution to a known problem or creates a new market opportunity using the APIs. Innovation is not strictly about ideas, the submission also executes on the innovative idea (1 – 4)
  • Usage of at least two of the API (20%)
    • The submission makes creative and great use of the selected APIs. (1 – 4)
  • Usage of cloud platforms (20%)
    • System takes advantage of being built on a cloud platform.
  • Overall (40%)
    • The submission is easy for end users to use and consume. (1 – 4)
    • The application is complete and usable. (1 – 4)
    • Is the submission a high quality submission? Would you use this application? (1 – 4)

Judging Note*

  • The judges will select up to 10 finalists from Round 1 who will get up to 3 minutes each to present on stage for the Final Round.
  • All Round 1 submissions will receive a simple 1-10 score. The Final Round will use the judging criteria above.

How to Submit

Onsite contestants will upload their application’s demo URL to this CloudSpokes challenge.

Remote contestants will upload their video of their application to this CloudSpokes challenge.


Prizes for Onsite Participants:

  • 1st: $15,000
  • 2nd: $4,000
  • 3rd: $2,000
  • 4th: $1,000
  • $200 for every CloudSpokes Member not in the top 4

Prizes for Remote Participants:

  • 1st: $5,000
  • 2nd: $3,000
  • 3rd: $2,000
  • 4th: $1,000

Best use of the client’s API

$1,000 per sponsor (Remote and onsite participants are both eligible.)

Important Note for Remote Participants

A virtual edition of this API Hackathon is available here, and will follow the same rules as the onsite competition. All remote participants will be paid via CloudSpokes account and will be processed on their normal payment cycle.