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Breaking Glass: Glassware Hackathon #BrGl


Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

Breaking Glass: Glassware Hackathon #BrGl

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Must be able to prove Glass ownership for entry and provide access to your Glass during the event - no refunds if you purchase this ticket and you're Glassless.
4 Tickets Ended $30.00 $2.64
Your badge will be marked as "Developer" and this ticket will require participating on a team as a developer (duh!). Sorry, but your teams will be ruthless if this doesn't turn out to be true. Have fun! Price will go to $60 when this tier sells out.
5 Tickets Ended $45.00 $3.47
No coding skills, but often great ideas, and sometimes the only people comfortable pitching in front of audiences. Sign up at your own risk - no refunds if your ideas or networking skills don't land you on a team.
Sold Out Ended $90.00 $5.94

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We're SOLD OUT!  If interested in attending, please sign in to the waitlist, and we might be able to squeeze out a few more tickets by tomorrow (Fri) noon, but we can't promise anything.

(1)  PRIZES UPDATE:  With the number of tickets sold, plus Fenwick & West's contribution of $1000 cash towards the final winning projects, 1st prize is currently $1500 cash, with $500 for 2nd and $250 for third!  Not services, not store credit - cash!  1st Prize will also entitle winners to exclusive t-shirts with the hackathon logo and "He" subtly emblazoned on the back to signify who was the Heisenberg of the hack!  Only we will know what that means when we see it walking down the street.





6:00 - 6:30 Registration

6:30 - 7:30 Intro tech talk about setting up your environment & helpful UX tips

7:30 - 8:30 Pitching concepts to the group to form project teams

8:30 - 9:00 Networking and team formation

9:00 - 9:45 Breakout sessions for deeper tech dive (if desired)

9:00 Friday - 2:00pm Sunday HACK HACK HACK

(3) VENUE UPDATE: Citizen Space will be open all weekend for the hack.  Plus, there is no Giants game this weekend, so parking (we're told) is free and traffic will be much less of an issue (except of course Friday evening rush hour traffic, so plan accordingly!!).  Once you get to know the space over the weekend, make sure you say hello to Nick Ochoa @ Citizen Space to check in to see if they have any specials on available desks during the work week. 

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  • Robert Scoble @
  • David Jagoda @ 
  • Megan Quinn @  
  • Noble Ackerson @Silica Labs
  • Chris Nunes @ 


We will be updating this section asap as we have further conversations amongst ourselves about the best way to evaluate your hacks.  But for now, the judges will evaluate the projects based loosely on the following rubric:

  1. Is the project an entirely new concept, or is it a remake of an existing app for the Glass platform?
  2. Was the project built entirely during the hackathon, or were pieces of it built prior to arrival?
  3. Is the project actually deployable to other Explorers, does the project only work on the team's Glass, or is the project more at the concept phase?
  4. Does the project offer potential to support a business model?
  5. Does the project entice the broader public to buy or try Glass, or does the project require prior familiarity with Glass to entice users? 

(6) Glass GDK Update: Please see video bullet #4 below


Will you be crowned the Heisenberg of Glass?  #BrGl kicks off Aug 16 with a collection of eager Glass Explorers, supported by a cadre of full stack developers and even some bizdevs, who are determined to make the most useful and innovative Glassware the world has ever seen.  

Want to build on Glass?  We'll have at least one pair of Glass per team, so even if you don't have them, you can start building your idea (provided that others like it!).  

Winning team will be crowned the first ever Heisenberg(s) of Glass, and will walk away with cash and prizes.  Prizes for 2nd & 3rd Place as well.  Rest assured, faithful Glaziers - at least 75% of the ticket sales will go towards prizes, with the remaining 25% towards food, schwag, etc.  Nobody but the winners will be making any money on this event - it's all up for grabs!

Prior to arriving and so that you aren't playing catch up to the rest of the kids, please watch/read the following embedded links:

  1. Developing Android SDK (API Level 15) for Glass

Limited space for 30 Explorers (Glass req'd), 25 Dev's, and mayyybe 10 Bizdev folks.  Decide if you'll be in the first class of Glaziers, getting the first taste of glory, seeing these things first from a first-person perspective.  Yeah, there's emphasis on 1st here, as is appropriate with Glass.

Dev & Biz ticket prices will increase by 50% as soon as each tier sells out.  We will guarantee entry @ $30 for any Glass holders wishing to participate, provided we're not at total room capacity/overflow.


Megan Quinn:

Megan Quinn

Megan Quinn is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. She joined the firm in 2012 and focuses on consumer Internet investments. Megan specializes in designing, building and scaling transformative consumer products and companies.

Megan joined KPCB from Square, the company revolutionizing payments for buyers and sellers. As Square’s director of products she led strategy and development of the company’s products across merchant and consumer audiences.

Prior to that, Megan spent seven years at Google where she held various leadership positions in communications, business development and product management. She oversaw the development and marketing of some of the company’s most successful products, including Google Maps. Her team’s work continues to serve as the foundation for Google’s location-based consumer and advertising products.

Megan also previously worked at Genentech. She received her degree in political science and history from Stanford University.

David Jagoda:

My name is David Jagoda and I'm a partner at a16z responsible for evaluating technical talent.  I enjoy learning about the technologies our portfolio companies use.

Before joining the firm, I spent 10 years in various roles at Loudcloud (I was the first Consulting Engineer), then Opsware (I was the first Support Engineer), and finally Hewlett Packard (where I was an Engineering Director).  Prior to that, I've worked as a Sales Engineer, Customer Support Engineer, and Software Developer at companies such as Netscape, Netlabs, and Morgan Stanley.

When I'm not working, I enjoy tinkering with computers and networks, riding my bike, and spending time with my family.

Robert Scoble:

As Startup Liaison for Rackspace, the Open Cloud Computing Company, Scoble travels the world looking for what's happening on the bleeding edge of technology for Rackspace's startup program. He's interviewed thousands of executives and technology innovators and reports what he learns in books ("The Age of Context," a book coauthored with Forbes author Shel Israel, will come out in Q4 of 2013), YouTube, and many social media sites where he's followed by millions of people.

Noble Ackerson:

Noble is a Google Glass “Explorer” and “Pioneer” with over 15 years of business leadership, web and software development experience. Noble founded the Society of Glass Enthusiasts (SOGE) with 25+ chapters and over 2,500 members in federated chapters worldwide. He built the first political and nonprofit marketplace called CampShare where political campaigns could donate or sell equipment and assets to other campaigns, associations, and other nonprofits.

Chris Nunes:

Chris is the organizer of the Augmented Reality Los Angeles and Augmented Reality Bay Area meetup groups, as well as CEO of Holofy, a startup specializing in smart technologies, including augmented reality, wearable devices & data collection, and location aware services.  Chris also consults with various technology and media clients on the user experience around augmented reality and data interaction.  As a former entertainment attorney in Los Angeles, and before that a corporate strategist in Silicon Valley at various startups, Chris brings almost two decades of experience in product management, business creation, negotiation, and business modelling to bear on his client projects.



Prize Money generously donated by Fenwick & West.  Partner Steven Levine in the Mountain View office is a friend of the event.  Feel free to contact his office when setting up your startup and tell him that you're glad Fenwick is supporting the Glass communty.

Breaking Glass is a community-organized event.  The Glass community is small, but growing.  We'd like to thank Jeff Bond at Inspect.com for donation of funds to provide snacks and drinks during the hackathon.  Keep an eye out for Jeff at the event - he has some great ideas, and is looking for Glass-focused developers to help with a project in the real-estate space.

Beverages during the event provided by 

Venue generously provided by Citizen Space

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If you've landed here from a meetup group, Eventbrite ticket is required for participation.  Meetup RSVP's do not get you in - sorry.  But you guys are the best participants - so sign up now!

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AR Los AngelesIf you've found this page after the event, please keep in mind that we did try to reach out to as many developer groups as possible.  Sorry if you didn't find out about us in time.  But we reached out to numerous Google developer groups and various meetup groups, and weren't able to get notices posted on all of them. We tried!  Please subscribe to the SOGE chapter nearest you for future updates!

Have questions about Breaking Glass: Glassware Hackathon #BrGl? Contact SOGE

When & Where

Citizen Space
425 2nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

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SOGE is the Society of Glass Enthusiasts, a Google + group dedicated to supporting and developing on the Glass platform.

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