Box Hack Day

Code, Compete, and Build Enterprise Applications
September 6, 2016 | Moscone West | San Francisco
Sponsored by Box and Amazon Web Services

Box Hack Day Robot

Build the next big enterprise app and bring it to market

Box is an enterprise content management platform that helps more than 41 million users and 62,000 businesses around the world store, manage and share files. Developers use Box Platform to bring Box's content services to their own apps or use our APIs to build integrations and connect their apps to Box.


Whether you want to add Box functionality to your current project, or build something totally new, Box Hack Day will provide the tools and expertise you need.

Build apps with Box Platform

What is Box Hack Day?

Bring your current projects, your team, and your ideas to the Box Hack Day or come alone to learn, code, and compete with experts and enterprise developers in the tech capital of the world! As a part of BoxDev 2016, and sponsored by Box and Amazon Web Services, Box Hack Day is an event for developers to learn the Box APIs, collaborate with experts, and build prototypes that could win you prizes. Anyone who registers for Box Hack Day also receives a complimentary pass to BoxDev 2016. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend an AWS Zombie Microservices Workshop to learn more about building microservices with Lambda and API Gateway.


The top five teams from Round One will be given passes to the BoxDev Hack Lounge to continue working on their projects in preparation for Round Two judging on Wednesday, and the Grand Prize winner will be announced during the BoxWorks Keynote on Thursday.

Box Hackathon Project

How Will It Work?

  • Compete with a team (up to 6 participants) or individually
  • Use an existing application or start from scratch and look for a team when the event kicks off
  • Build a working prototype using Box Platform, Amazon Web Services, and other APIs and be ready to demo it to the Round One judges on Tuesday
  • Top five teams continue to work on their apps in the BoxDev Hacker Lounge or at home and demo to the Round Two judges on Wednesday
  • Finally, stick around for the Grand Prize winner announcement during the BoxWorks Keynote on Thursday!


Luis Sala
Luis Sala

Sr. Alliance Manager at Amazon

Elmer Thomas

Developer Experience Engineer at Sendgrid

Heidi Williams
Heidi Williams

VP Platform Engineering at Box

Forest Handford
Forest Handford

DevOps Lead at Affectiva

Drew Branden

Platform Product and Strategy at Box

Aaron Verstraete
Aaron Verstraete

Group Product Manager at Box

Ken Yagen
Ken Yagen

VP Platform Product at Box

Joe Chung
Joe Chung

Senior Engineering Manager at Box

Box Hack Day Schedule

Day 1 of the Box Hackathon
Tuesday, September 6th

10:00 AM - Registration Opens
10:30 AM - Opening Announcements & Introductions
11:00 AM - Idea Pitches
11:40 AM - Team Formation
12:00 PM - Start Coding!
  1:00 PM - Lunch
  5:00 PM - Twitter Challenge
  6:00 PM - Dinner
  8:00 PM - End of Coding & Round One Judging
  9:00 PM - Closing

Day 2 of the Box Hackathon
Wednesday, September 7th

9:00 AM - BoxWorks Day One Keynote featuring Box CEO Aaron Levie
11:00 AM - BoxDev Hack Lounge Opens
5:00 PM - Round Two Judging

Box Works Hackathon Day 3
Thursday, September 8th

  9:00 AM - BoxWorks Day 2 Keynote featuring Box CSO Jeetu Patel (Grand Prize Winner Announced!)
  7:00 PM - BoxWorks After Party


More prizes to be announced. Stay tuned!
Grand Prize:
$10,000 in AWS Credits
VIP Tickets to the BoxWorks After-Party + Exclusive Meet and Greet

Four Runner-Ups:
$5,000 in AWS Credits
VIP Tickets to the BoxWorks After-Party

All Box Hack Day participants will receive $100 in AWS Credits!

Judging Criteria

Submissions that score in the top five for total points will each win a Finalist Prize and be selected to compete in the second round for the Grand Prize. The submission with the highest total score from the Round Two judges will win the Grand Prize.
All submissions must leverage Box Platform and Amazon Web Services

The First Round of judging will be based on the following criteria:

  • 0-20 points – Ability to clearly articulate what your app does
  • 0-20 points – Originality of the idea
  • 0-20 points – Use of Box Platform and Amazon Web Services
  • 0-20 points – Difficulty of technical implementation

The Second Round of judging, with all new judges and scores, will include the four categories above, as well as one bonus category:
  • 0-20 points – Business impact of the app

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