2016TechCrunch Shanghai Hackathon Reviews

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Event Introduction

This June, we had witnessed an impressive success of TechCrunch Shanghai at West Bund Art Center. As the most Silicon Valley style and international top-level startups’ event in China, TechCrunch will return to Beijing in this November. TechNode and TechCrunch will organize this event together, moreover Hackathon will be the preheat part of this huge event.
Hackathon is one of the classic activities of TechCrunch Disrupt, each team will has  24 hours to accomplish the product design and development process. In this time,we will invite some of the Global 500 to join us as our judges, and they will prepare the special awards just for you.

Who can participate

All the people who are interested in technology will be so welcomed to join us, whether you are a geek, a developer, a designer, a students or a startup. You can come here to share your ideas ,broader your views and enjoy this Hack carnival. We hope we can learn numerous innovative ideas from you, even if there is no mature products, no commercial values. Imagination and unconstrained style are both appreciated in this June. Welcome to join us!


Ownership and Intellectual Property Right
The Ownership and the Intellectual Property Right of the products produced during the Hackathon competition belong to their producers completely, and could be used on their own will.
All the participants should sign the Non-Disclosure Agreement for APIs at Hackathon in TechCrunch Beijing, 2016.
Both individual participants and teams are acceptable. To be noticed, the limit of members for each team is 5.
You should run your product and present it to the public. If you do not finish your presentation, don’t worry! Just try your best.
The jury of Hackathon consists of experts and the delegates from the sponsors. At the end of Hackathon, comprehensively concerning the performance of each team during the whole competition period, we would award the top participants with the grand prix or other special awards, including the Most Innovative Product, the Most Valuable Product, and the Most Completed Product.

Registration Qualification

We suggest that participants had better have 3-5 members on a team. However, if you think you’ve owned sufficient capacity to be both a front-end engineer and a developer, individual participants are also acceptable. Registration information should include division of the work, name list and an introduction of your program.

We agree that it would offer better help if you’ve already have a mature idea before coming to Hackathon. Nevertheless, you are not allowed to bring a semi-finished or finished product to the competition. Besides, if you have a strong will to participate in Hackathon but find it difficult to have partners with you, you could note down in your registration information along with related details, and tell us the role you could play in a team. Then you could directly build your team with other participants who are in favor on the spot. We would patiently and conscientiously assess your registration information, and finalize the list of participants.


NOW – Nov. 1
Sign-up Page:
the official website of TechCrunch China
Oct.15 – Nov.1
Log in at the official event webpage and finish the registration. Teams that pass the qualification assessment may make their access to Hackathon in Beijing. The jury would finalize the winners through the evaluation and assessment of their performance in the competition.
Nov.5 – Nov.6
Those teams that have passed the qualification assessment could be accessible to the Final. According to results of final evaluation, five of the teams would be awarded.

Turing Robot Task

Turing Robot is the first Chinese company engaged in research on the commercialization of artificial intelligence. In 2014, Turing released the first open platform for AI robots, also known as the Turing Robot. In November 2015, the Turing OS system was released. In July 2016, Turing OS 1.5 was released focusing on early education.

This time, develop your Android (4.4 or above) hack using the Turing Robot platform for kids aging 0-12. Turing Robot provide on-site registration and technical documents during TechCrunch Hachathon. Best use of Turing Robot to make a virtual robot for kids wins.
Turing Robort Rewards:

  • 1st Place – RMB¥12,000, 2nd place – RMB¥8,000, the winner apps will ship with the Turing Robot.
  • All participants will be given a special Turing Robot Hakcathon T-Shirt, a Developer Kit, and a tour to the company.

Plen2 Task

Plen2 is a 20-cm-tall, 450-grams-weight humanoid robot that can stand on your desk. This bot is compatible Arduino and ROS, and can bust moves such as dancing, carrying small objects and even copying human movements. It can be controlled by its iOS and Android apps.

Plen will provide you Plen2’s open-source hardware and software to develop either 1. a combination of Plen2 robot and existing platform and technology in China (for example Smart Home+Robot, or Tourism+Robot) or 2. a series of special moves on Plen2 and to showcase on stage.
Plen2 Rewards:

  • Best Team will get a Plen2 Robort
  • Best use of Plen2’s open-source hardware and software: A set of PLEN2 DIY kit and the idea will be implemented into the next gen of Plen.

Udacity Task

Udacity is building “University by Silicon Valley”, a new type of online university that: – teaches the actual programming skills that industry employers need today – delivers credentials endorsed by employers, because they built them – provides education at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional schools

Udacity will provide all the hackers learning courses and enviornment for free as follows: Google: Android Basic, Android Developers, and Udacity Android Development Discussions Forum. Developers will either 1. create an app or website that can help promote equity in education through technology and creativity or 2. develop a text adventure game featuring multiple endings, wonderful stories, delicate pictures, attractive music, special plots and immersive gaming experience.

Udacity Rewards:

    • 1st Place: A scholarship worth RMB ¥15,000 on Udacity
    • All participants who upload their project successfully will receive a coupon worth RMB ¥300 to study on Udacity

Agora.io Task

Agora provides the building blocks developers need to add high definition voice calls to any mobile app through a simple yet powerful SDK. Agora’s proprietary, proven technology handles billions of voice minutes every year, which allows developers to support as many over 2,000 users in a single call.

Participate in the Agora.io projects during TechCrunch Beijing Hackathon to bring voice/video/group call solutions to your apps and websites.

Agora.io Rewards:

  • 1st Place: A chance to attend the Agora.io Global Hackathon Final Competition
  • All participants will be given an Agora.io T-Shirt and 10,000-minute allowance in the Agora.io SDK.

TechCrunch Rewards

1.Everyone gets Two-day TechCrunch 2016 International City Event – Beijing ticket if their program could be submitted successfully
2.TechCrunch 2016 International City Event – Beijing Hackathon certificate of honor.
3.Sponsor souvenir T-shirt

 To be continued


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First day of Hackathon

Time Arrangement
9:00 a.m. Sign in&Team up
10:00 a.m. Introduction of Principles
10:10-11:30 a.m. Free developing
11:30 a.m. Lunch
1:00-6:00 p.m. Free developing
6:00 p.m. Dinner
9:00 p.m. Break(Food &Snacks)

Second day of Hackathon

Time Arrangement
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Submit products to the judging system
10:00 a.m. End of developing
Audiences allow to enter in
11:00 a.m. Demo/Presentation time for teams 3min for each team
11:30 a.m. Lunch (Demo is still going)
2:00 p.m. Announce the winner teams & prize-awarding ceremony
(will adjust the end time according to the situations)