This weekend I had the opportunity to join AngelHack, a hackathon event that took place in Palo Alto, New York, Boston and Seattle, to help judge the finalists in Palo Alto. Over 1,500 people participated in the event around the country competing for over $200,000 in prize money.
In Palo Alto, more than 30 companies presented their hack on Sunday afternoon. I am always impressed to see what small teams can develop in just a weekend, and Angelhack was certainly no exception. From the 30, eight companies were selected as finalists:
GiveGo – Turning daily exercise into charitable micro-fundraising
Synco de Mayo – fun and easy collaborative web browsing.
Major Tom – helps app develops better understand what is happening and how users are interacting with mobile apps
FlyIO – a system that allows users to navigate their computer with your eyes and a webcam
Humans++ – makers of Pull, a device that makes it easier to navigate using the GPS from your phone
Xmit – simplified file sharing
Bling Labs – makers of Wishboard, a crowd-sourcing tool for ideas
Steer the Beat – Pandora meets Spotify meets Turntable
Congratulations to GiveGo, which was named the winner in Palo Alto, and to all of the teams that participated in this round!
Next up, the top 20 companies from around the country will all meet in Palo Alto on July 12 for the grand finals where two big winners will receive $25,000 in seed funding.
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