The latest entrant to New York’s burgeoning roster of hackathons: AngelHack, which starts June 23. And the organizers have already wrangled quite a lineup of locals. Alex Taub and Michael Schonfeld from Dwolla will be running the event, with an assist from Erin Tao (Photo Hack Day), Frank Denbow (of Startup Weekend), and Angelhack’s own Nick Frost. Rachel Sklar will MC. Judges include Lerer Ventures principal Steve Schlafman; NYC Seed director Owen Davis; and Thrive Capital investor Chris Paik.* Hackathon HQ will be Microsoft’s midtown outpost.
As for the attendees, they’ve sold around 480 tickets, and, with some attrition expected, that puts the expected number of attendees around 300. ”Our tickets aren’t free, either — we do have some free tickets, but the majority of those are paid. So we’re pretty excited to see the turnout and what we can do in that space,” Mr. Gopman said.
The breakdown among signups thus far is 70 percent developer, 15 percent business, 10 percent designer, and 5 percent user experience.
Nor do the festivities end there, because the New York hackathon is merely the first leg of a nationwide competition. Parallel events will also be happening in Seattle, Boston, and San Francisco. Local judges will choose the top seven or eight teams, who’ll then get three weeks to refine their projects.
“We’ll partner them with some mentors and some friends that we have that can help them basically do some user experience and product design and make their idea a more scalable idea,” Mr. Gopman told us.
AngelHack will then fly winners to San Francisco, where 20 to 25 teams from around the country will compete in a final event on July 12. Judges include TechCrunch writers, Google Ventures partner Wesley Chan, and head of Facebook mobile developer relations James Pearce. Rewards await the most impressive teams: First and second place will receive $25,ooo in seed capital, as well as $60,000 in free Azure hosting (courtesy of sponsor Microsoft, which just kicked in two Bizspark Plus accounts as a grand prize). The event prize pool is up to $230,000, Mr. Gopman tells us.
Mr. Gopman is extremely confident about his event’s prospects. ”I think we’re going to have the best hackathon to ever take place in New York,” he told Betabeat. ”The numbers are up there, the people running it are up there, the prizes are up there, the judges are pretty solid.”
New York, that sure sounds like a challenge.