Salesforce Kicks Off Dreamforce with $1 Million Hackathon
Before Salesforce.com kicks off its Dreamforce event in San Francisco on October 13, it's inviting developers to compete for $1 million in cash prizes by building innovative new mobile apps for sales, service and other uses. The $1 Million Hackathon is set to start at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, and will continue through noon Sunday.
Hackers will compete for prizes in three categories: Force.com mobile apps, Heroku mobile apps, and Force.com with Heroku mobile apps. The first-place hacker or hacker team in each category will win $100,000, with the three first-place winners then competing for an additional grand prize of $150,000.
More than 25,000 developers are expected to be among the 135,000 attendees at Dreamforce, which kicks off Monday at the Moscone Convention Center, and runs through Thursday, October 16. Three million people are also expected to participate in the event online. Now in its 12th year, Dreamforce 2014 is being billed as "the world's largest software event ever."
Star Lineup from Andreessen to Will.I.Am
The focus of this year's Dreamforce will be "the future of cloud, social, mobile and connected technologies and how companies are connecting with customers in a whole new way," said Salesforce chairman and CEO Marc Benioff.
The event will feature more than 1,450 breakout sessions, as well as a number of high-profile speakers. They include Benioff; Marc Andreessen, co-founder and partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz; Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman; Tony Prophet, corporate vice president for Microsoft Windows marketing; and Hadi Partovi, angel investor, startup advisor and co-founder of the Code.org education non-profit.
Dreamforce will also feature a number of other big-name speakers, including former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; former U.S. Vice President Al Gore; musician and philanthropist Will.I.Am; author Anthony Robbins; and musician Neil Young. The event’s entertainment lineup will feature Bruno Mars and the band Cake, who will lead a benefit concert performance for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.
Focus on Wearables, IoT
Many of the speakers are expected to focus on various aspects of the future of technology and business. Will.I.Am is even set to unveil a new wearable device during his appearance at the event. In addition to creating new apps for sales and service, participants in the Hackathon are also being encouraged to develop mobile applications for wearables and the Internet of Things.
During this year's Dreamforce, Salesforce will be spearheading several charitable activities as well: a food drive with the goal of collecting one million meals; volunteer opportunities that include teaching code to children; and a Salesforce for Vets effort to help military veterans return to civilian life.
Posted: 2014-11-28 @ 5:36am PT
We did participate in the Hackathon this year and it was fun and exciting. This year's Hackathon also saw many new technological innovations from all over the world being implemented including wearables, IoT and others.
Posted: 2014-10-12 @ 4:50pm PT
@Wizwill: Not sure what you're getting at, but in general, most CRM packages today are fairly -- but not completely -- customizable.
Posted: 2014-10-12 @ 4:47pm PT
Must we conform to this CRM or will the CRM allow us to format it to suit our individual needs?