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BV IO 2014 Bazaarvoice Tech Conference and Hackathon


Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Friday, April 4, 2014 at 5:30 PM (CDT)

BV IO 2014 Bazaarvoice Tech Conference and Hackathon

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The R&D team at Bazaarvoice is excited to host our first ever, public technical conference and hackathon to drive innovation in the social commerce space. Born right here in Austin, Bazaarvoice is the leader in the social commerce space delivering a platform which serves over a billion impressions a day. Creating this hackathon is one way that Bazaarvoice is giving back to the Austin tech community who has helped make us so successful.  We have assembled a great group of speakers and mentors to help accelerate and inspire you to build some amazing new applications. We have also partnered with a few of our customers to make their data available for you to hack on. For the first time ever, we are opening up our platform, our mobile SDK, and our Developer API to you. 

Get a glimpse of our last conference and hackathon here.

Want to participate in social commerce and help us make shopping online more fun and authentic?

Already work at an amazing startup in town? Come bring your dev team and work with us to build some cool integrations to help both our customers!


Theo Theo Schlossnagle@postwait, CEO of Circonus
Greg Brockman Greg Brockman@thegdb, CTO of Stripe and designer of the Stripe CTF contests
Bob Metcalfe Bob Metcalfe@BobMetcalfe, Professor of Innovation at the University of Texas

Otis Gospodnetic@otisg, Founder of Sematext, Committer on Lucene, Solr, Nutch, Mahout, OpenRelevance. Author of Lucene in Action

Aaron Mildenstein, @theuntergeek, Engineer at ElasticSearch, Logstash

Brian Arnold, @brianarn, Senior Software Engineer at Bazaarvoice

Dan Heberden, @danheberden, Senior Front End Engineer at Bazaarvoice
Fahd Siddiqui@fahdsiddiqui, Senior Platform Engineer at Bazaarvoice
Frederick Feibel, @fcfeibel, Developer Advocate at Bazaarvoice

About the event:

This is a 3 day event that kicks off with a technical conference focused on 3 different tracks:

  1. Scaling a network & platform
  2. Creating social products on the Bazaarvoice platform
  3. Innovation, Entrepreneurship and building great teams, culture and product

The goal of the conference is to inspire you to build great things. 

After the conference, we will kick off the hackathon. Bazaarvoice Product Managers and a few of our Customers will lead a Pitch Fest (Shark Tank style) to seed you with ideas and to try to convince you to hack on their idea. Form a team, pick one of their ideas or any idea you are passionate about, and start hacking.  There will be free wifi, power, energy drinks, beer, games, massages, music, and fun. Work hard! Play hard!

At the end of the hackathon, teams will have 3 minutes to demo their app to the group, judges and customers and 2 minutes for Q&A. Winners will be awarded in multiple categories, there will be prizes, and funstivities for all.


datadog Datadog
mashery Mashery

SoftServe Inc

*Go by the SoftServe booth to register to win a free Google Nexus 7!

Eagle Eye

Eagle Eye Networks












Amazon AWS

* Interested in sponsoring? Contact the Organizer


Apr 2, 2014 - Conference & Hackathon Kick Off

8:00am: Sponsor set up

8:30am: Registration; Coffee

9:00am: Bryan Chagoly, Director of Engineering, Intro

9:15am: Gene Austin, CEO of Bazaarvoice,
& Gary Allison, EVP of Engineering, Conference Kickoff & Welcome

9:45am: Bob Metcalfe, Professor of Innovation at the University of Texas, Metcalfe's Law After 40 Years of Ethernet

10:45am: Theo Schlossnagle, CEO of Circonus, The Rise of the Machines and Data PTSD

11:45am: Break for Lunch

1:30pm: Otis GospodneticFounder of Sematext, Open Source Search Evolution

2:30pm: Technical Breakout 1

Red Oak Room: Aaron Mildenstein, ElasticSearch, Logstash, Economies of Scale: Best Practices for Indexing and Searching Through Large Data Sets

Live Oak Room: Dan Heberden, Bazaarvoice, Rapid Prototyping Front End with Ember

3:15pm: Technical Breakout 2

Red Oak Room: Fahd Siddiqui & John Roesler, Bazaarvoice, Data Infrastructure at Bazaarvoice

Live Oak Room: Frederick Feibel, Bazaarvoice, Getting Started with the Bazaarvoice API

4:00pm: Greg Brockman, CTO of Stripe, How We Scaled Stripe from 4 to 94 Employees

5:00pm: Conference ends


5:10pm: Hackathon Pitch Fest

6:00pm: Break for dinner (form teams, brainstorm ideas)

7:00pm-midnight: Hack

*Beer, Pizza, XBox Call of Duty Tournament, and fun

12:01am+ You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.


Apr 3, 2014 - Hackathon Day 1

8:30am: Doors Open; Coffee; Hack

*Sign up for chair massages

9:00am: Technical Breakout 3, Brian Arnold, Bazaarvoice, Debugging Front End Apps in Chrome

11:00am: Teams & Project themes due on HackerLeague

12:00ish: Break for Lunch

1:00pm-midnight: Hack

*Beer, XBox Call of Duty Tournament, Massages, and fun


Apr 4, 2014 - Hackathon Day 2, Demos & Awards

8:30am: Doors Open; Coffee; Hack

11:00am: Demo Time

12:30pm: Break for lunch

1:30pm: More Demos if we need it

2:00pm: Awards & Prizes

Hackathon Rules:

  1. You can pick from one of the Pitch Fest ideas, or choose your own adventure.
  2. You can work alone or in a team of up to 5 people. 
  3. You must update your team on the Hacker League in order to participate in the demos.
  4. You should update your Hacker League project with a video demo or URL of your demo prior to presenting your demo.
  5. Your project must be demoable from the presenter's laptop Chrome browser. (Latest MacOSX + Chrome), of if it is a mobile app, we will have a mobile camera stand so you can demo from your mobile device.
  6. You must be present to win.

Hackathon Legalize:

By participating in this hackathon, you acknowledge and agree to the following:

  • During the hackathon, you will only use code and/or APIs, including those of third parties, that you are lawfully permitted to use.
  • You may not retain any data you receive from your use of an API after the conclusion of this hackathon.
  • You are not prohibited from participating in this hackathon by any agreement(s) you may have with third parties, including with your current or former employers.
  • If you are using the Bazaarvoice API, you will comply with the Bazaarvoice API Terms of Use.

APIs to Hack On:

To help accelerate your hackathon, several companies have graciously provided access to their APIs for you to build on. (PRO TIP: you may want to review these APIs prior to the hackathon to get learned up on what's available).

* Interested in providing your API? Contact the Organizer

Awards & Prizes:

  1. $1000 Customer Choice Award = Bazaarvoice customers pick their favorite idea that solves a one of their key problems.
  2. $1000 People's Choice Award (Sponsored by Sumologic) = Everyone votes on their overall favorite idea/demo.
  3. $1000 Closest to Reality = Everyone votes on the demo that is the closest to go live.
  4. $1000 Most Entertaining = Everyone votes on the most entertaining, funniest, creative demo.
  5. $1000 DataDog Challenge = Everyone votes on the best demo use of the DataDog API.
  6. $1000 EagleEye Networks Challenge = Everyone votes on the best demo use of the EagleEye Networks API.
  7. Mashery API Network Challenge - Everyone votes on the best demo using an API from the Mashery API Network. Prize = up to (3) Beats Pill 2.0 Speakers

A given team can only win 1 category. If a team wins multiple categories, the team with the next highest votes will win the second category, and so on.  The winning team of each category will win $1000 to split among the team or the category specific prize.

About Bazaarvoice:

Bazaarvoice is based on a simple truth - when people talk to each other, they buy things they are happy with because they trust the opinions of others. We created a hosted platform for collecting and distributing consumer reviews of products and other content. Each month, over 600 million people view and share opinions, questions and experiences on more than 20 million products in the Bazaarvoice network. We power a vast network of 3000+ clients such as Best Buy, Walmart and Samsung. If you shop online, you’ve used our platform. Our mission, just like our name, is to empower the "voice of the marketplace", one authentic conversation at a time. 

BVIO 2013 was pretty awesome:

Check out some of the highlights from last year's conference and hackathon and great speakers like Netflix's Adrian Cockcroft.

Alamo Adrian
prizes demo
xbox Colorful Pants



Have questions about BV IO 2014 Bazaarvoice Tech Conference and Hackathon? Contact Bazaarvoice

When & Where

Norris Conference Centers - Austin
2525 W Anderson Ln
Austin, TX 78757

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Friday, April 4, 2014 at 5:30 PM (CDT)

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Bazaarvoice is a network that connects brands and retailers to the authentic voices of people where they shop.  Each month, more than 650 million people view and share authentic opinions, questions and experiences about 20 million products in the Bazaarvoice network.  Our technology platform amplifies these voices into the places that influence purchase decisions. Network analytics help marketers and advertisers provide more engaging experiences that drive brand awareness, consideration, sales and loyalty.

Follow our Developer Relations team on Twitter @BazaarvoiceDev

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