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GrowthHackathon - San Francisco


Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PST)

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Developer Later Bird 9 Tickets Ended $20.00 $2.09

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Event Details

Join us this December for the first ever Growth Hackathon and win a 30-day trial into Maven Ventures Growth Lab and chance of an additional $250k Seed Investment plus additional pizes.


How does it work?

Come with your own idea and team or join other engineers, growth hackers and designers.  Code over the weekend while receiving mentorship from top growth minds on PR hacks, viral growth tactics and product launch strategies.


Coding ends at 6pm on Sunday night.  Teams present and judges will announce the top 3 winners & prizes.  Those teams interested in the Grand Prize of Maven Ventures Growth Labs incubator will have an additional 30 days to submit their apps for approval (if mobile), apply growth tactics and showcase their growth traction for entry into Maven Ventures.


The Grand Prize - Maven Ventures Entry

The deadline to submit your growth metrics is January 7th and the winning team will receive a 30 day entry into the Maven Ventures Growth Lab.  This prize package includes 30 days of office space within Mavent Ventures Growth Lab and the possibiliy of $250k investment and first look at Series A involvement.

Terms and Conditions:  Maven Ventures is focused on hyper-growth companies in the consumer space.  While we encourage enterprise and other business concepts at the hackathon, products in this category will not be considered for the grand prize.

Mentors & Speakers

Our judges will be there to mentor and guide you as you build your growth hacks.  We have an esteemed panel of top growth hackers from the Valley including:



Jim Scheinman - Founder and CEO @ Maven Ventures Growth Labs


Consumer Internet & mobile technology entrepreneur and executive, angel investor and adviser with 15+ years of experience at early-stage, pioneering consumer social media and mobile companies. Founder of Maven Ventures Growth Labs, investor, and advisor to some of the most successful growth companies in the industry.


Stan Chudnovsky - VP Growth @ PayPal

Designing user Growth for consumer Internet companies since 1999. Stan has been a leader in the growth space with teams and deisgning growth for Path, Goodreads, BranchOut, Highlight, Gogobot, Poshmark, Skout, Jiff, Wanelo and others.  Stan is the co-founder of IronPearl, Inc.

Gagan Biyani - Founder & CEO @ Sprig, Co-Founder @ Udemy

Gagan founded Udemy, a marketplace for education and grew it from 0 to 5,000 courses and 0 to 500,000 users. He is an an advisor to Lyft where he led the launch of Los Angeles market, which grew faster than San Francisco's blockbuster launch.  As a "side project", Gagan is the  co-founder of the Growth Hackers Conference.


Mike DeVerna - Co-Founder @ GrowthHack

Mike is the Co-Founder at GrowthHack, Growth Lead at Hired and DOWN, and former Growth Lead at BranchOut. He is a leader in the growth hacking space and advises and mentors many startups in Silicon Valley on growth tactics.

Marek Zareba - Head of Growth @ CrowdTilt

Marek is currently the Head of Growth at CrowdTilt, the world's largest funding platform for group experiences, purchases, and pooling funds simply and socially.



Marcos Moralez - UI/UX Design @ Amazon


Marcos is an Emmy award winning UI UX designer with over 13 years of experience. He currently works as a User Experience Designer with a focus on designing for growth and traction at Amazon.





    • Saturday, December 7th, Hackathon 

      • 9:00AM - Doors open.  Registration, mingling.
      • 10:00AM - Share ideas and create teams. 
      • 10:15AM - Keynote by Gagan Biyani
      • 11:00AM - Start Hacking
      • 1:00PM - 2PM  Lunch & Presentation with Optimizely
      • 6:00PM – Dinner & VIP Fireside chat with Jim Scheinman of Maven Ventures (learn how to get the edge for your startup in the competitive landscape of seed funding)
      • 10:00PM – Drinks (not sponsored - sorry!)

    • Sunday, December 8th, Hackathon

        • 8:30AM – Doors open for hackers
        • 1:00PM – Lunch
        • 5:00PM – Hackathon ends
        • 5:15PM - 5:45PM - Presentations
        • 6:00PM - Weekend winners announced (grand prize announced in 30 days)

What are other benefits of attending?

  • One-on-one coaching from top Angel Investors on how to pitch, formulate a team and position yourself to raise seed funding
  • Network with top engineers, entrepreneurs, designers, growth hackers and angel investors in the valley...you may even meet your future cofounder
  • Free food and lots of it
  • Access to mentors & growth hackers from top companies like Yammer, Creative Market, Swipe, Zynga, BranchOut and CrowdTilt
  • After-party -- get to know each other in a relaxed and fun environment

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Hackathon Rules:

1. Fresh Code
We all start coding at the same time. This is done to keep things fair. Please don’t come in and build on top of previous projects if you want to win. It’s cool to work on designs beforehand, mockups and growth strategies, but try to keep things within just limits.

2. Code Review
Winning teams will be subject to a code-review at some point following the event or immediately before winning.

3. Ownership and IP 
Teams have full ownership of everything they build at our events and are free to do with it as they wish.

4. Team Size 
Teams of up to 5 are allowed.

5. Maven Ventures Prize 
Teams will have 30 days to work on Growth and optimization.  Maven Ventures focuses on seed investment in the consumer growth category so while you're free to focus on enterprise or other categories these may be exempt from the grand prize

6. DEMO your Hack 
You must demo your product in order to present. No slide-decks or power-points will be allowed. Don’t be scared if you didn’t finish… it’s okay long as you tried your best.

7. Utilize Your Mentors
This should be fun.  You have access to some of the best growth hacker minds in Silicon Valley.  Make full use of them and leverage the most effective engagement tactics, viral channels and other tools they recommend.

8.  Purchasing Users

Winning teams are subject to review and those suspected of purchasing their users may be disqualified.  Small amounts of ads to test messaging and landing pages are allowed but winning products should grow based on organic and viral traffic.

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When & Where

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848 Battery St
San Francisco, CA 94111

Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PST)

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