Google I/O is this week!  Thank you for registering for the Google I/O Extended Santa Barbara event hosted by Citrix -- we have a great event planned and are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

In addition to streaming the Google I/O keynote and sessions throughout the day on Wednesday and Thursday, our engineers will hold Dev Chats on various software development topics. There will be raffles on the first two days, and we have an Ice Cream Social planned for Thursday as well.  For you World Cup fans, we'll be showing the USA/Germany game Thursday morning from 9am-10:30am on the patio.

You can review the event schedule on the Eventbrite page. 

Hackers!  We finally have details on the hackathon:

Not sure yet if you want to hack? No problem! We'll be discussing the hackathon further at dinner on Wednesday (6pm-7pm); we'll share some ideas if you're still hunting for a project, and will help form teams if you'd like to participate!


The winning team will receive $1,000, the second-place team will receive $500, and the third-place team will receive $250.


Anyone with programming skills who is registered for the Google I/O Extended Santa Barbara event (unfortunately we won't have the capacity to teach programming skills at the event).

This is an open hackathon: any idea is allowed (to be eligible for prizes, your project must be submitted by 10am on Friday, and at least one team member must be present to demo your project on Friday from 10:30am-1pm; please see contest rules below for details).

Nope! You can compete alone, although you're likely to get more done, and thus have a more impressive project, with a larger team. We'll help form teams on Wednesday from 6:00pm-7:30pm if you don't already have a team. Teams can have at most six members total.

No, all code must be written at the event. Third party APIs and libraries are permitted as long as they are accessible by everyone else as well.

Entrants retain IP ownership of what they build during the contest. 

You'll need to bring your own laptop and any other equipment you'll need to work on your project; we'll provide power, WiFi, and of course food and caffeine. We'll be open until 2am both days in order to accommodate anyone who wants to stay late -- we'll provide late-night snacks both nights as well!

Our panel of judges will rate each demoed project on Technical Creativity ("wow factor"), and Technical Difficulty.


The Citrix Google I/O Hackathon Contest (the “Promotion”) is open only to persons who are at least eighteen (18) years of age or have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence. Employees of Citrix Online, Citrix Systems, Inc., their related or subsidiary companies and companies associated with the promotion of the Promotion, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each employee of the foregoing companies are not eligible. Participation in the Promotion constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.


The Promotion begins at 7:30:00 PM PDT June 25, 2014 and ends at 10:00:00 AM PST June 27, 2014, when all Entries must be submitted. Entries are demonstrated for judging from 10:30:00 AM to 1:00:00 PM on June 27. (the “Entry Period”). Entries that are submitted before or after the Entry Period will be disqualified. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,750 in prizes

First Place

Along with this prize, the team will receive a single giant novelty cheque to commemorate their great achievement.

Second Place

Along with this prize, the team will receive a single giant novelty cheque to commemorate their great achievement.

Third Place

Along with this prize, the team will receive a single giant novelty cheque to commemorate their great achievement.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

To enter, you must participate, in person, in the Citrix sponsored Hackathon event, which begins at 7:30:00 PM PDT on June 25, 2014 and at least one team member must be present to demo the Entry for judging. Entrants will have the opportunity to view Google I/O keynote and sessions prior to beginning hacking, starting at 8:00:00 AM on June 25, with breakfast provided. Sign in for the event also opens at 8:00:00 AM on June 25 at the Citrix campus. All team members must check in and pick up badges on June 25, prior to the start of the Promotion. Teams may not exceed six (6) people. Each entrant (or team of entrants) must create and submit a project that can be demonstrated to the panel of judges (an “Entry”). Incomplete ideas or white-boarded concepts are not eligible. This is an open hackathon. All projects must be created from code built during the event. Entrants may not use code that has been written previously. Third party code (e.g. open source) that is generally available to all may be used. There is no confidentiality or exclusive right to an idea or prototype Entry when it is presented at the end of the Entry Period. Entries will be judged according to the following criteria: technical creativity and technical difficulty, as determined based on the experience of the judges. The judges will choose the three Entries that best embody the criteria above and will award first, second and third place recognition following judging at the end of the Entry Period. 


Anshuman Kanwar

Anshuman Kanwar
Sr. Director Technical Operations

Ashish Thapliyal

Ashish Thapliyal
Principal Research Engineer

Florian Winterstein

Florian Winterstein
Sr. Principal Research Engineer

Malte Muenke

Malte Muenke
VP, Platform

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Creativity
    ("wow factor")
  • Technical Difficulty
    ("How hard was it to build?"; the difficulty of the problem being solved; the technical effort invested, etc.)

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