Communication makes us human. Add a human element to your app - with Kandy.  Voice, video, co-browsing, SMS, conferencing, and more. Kandy is a reliable RTC solution that scales. Although submissions have ended for this competiton, you can still build with Kandy!


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This challenge was open to:

  • Individuals (who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry); Teams of eligible individuals; Organizations (up to 50 employees)
  • Organizations with over 50 employees may compete for the non-cash Large Organization Recognition Award.
  • Employees of Kandy and its affiliated partners are not eligible. Please see full rules for details.


What to Create: Participants must have submitted a new app that uses free Kandy’s API/SDK (via the Promo Code) or update an existing app with Kandy. (Note: Only apps built with Kandy’s free service via the Promo Code are eligible for this competition.)

Eligible Platforms:

  • Smartphone or tablet (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Kindle, Windows Phone)
  • Web (mobile or desktop)
  • Desktop (Windows PC, Mac Desktop)
  • Software running on other hardware (including, but not exclusive to, wearable technology, open source hardware, etc.)
  • Custom hardware which includes a software component (wearable technology, etc.)

Supplemental Material: Youmust have submitted a demo video (hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku) that walks through the main functionality of the solution via screencast or video. You must also submit at least one image/screenshot of your working solution.

New & Existing Solutions: Apps may be newly created or pre-existing. If the submitted app existed prior to the competition’s submission start date, it must have been updated to include Kandy’s Freemium service during the submission period.

Testing: You must make your app available for testing by providing a link to access your installation file, a uploaded installation file, a TestFlight build, etc. See full testing access options.

Hackathon Sponsors


$29,000 in prizes

Grand Prize

$10,000 cash

Runner Up (9)

$1,000 cash

Large Organization Recognition Award

Non-cash, recognition only for entrants with more than 50 employees.

Most Addictive Kandy

$2,500 cash will be awarded at the discretion of the judges to the most addictive app with the best user experience & interface design. This app will make you want drop everything and share it with everyone you know. (Large Organizations are not eligible to compete for the Most Addictive Kandy Prize.)

Best Student-made App

$2,500 cash will be awarded at the discretion of the judges to the best app created by one or more student hackers. (All team members must be taking at least 9 credits or three courses at either a secondary school or functional equivalent, or an accredited post-secondary institution (e.g., university, community college, or technical college) or must have graduated within three months prior to entry to qualify. Large organizations are not eligible for the Best Student-made App.)

Best of Business App

$2,500 cash will be awarded at the discretion of the judges to the app with the spiciest business appeal. This app will meet and exceed a need in today’s business world. (Large Organizations are not eligible to compete for the Best of Business App Prize.)

Popular Choice

$2,500 cash

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Jean-Francois Morin

Jean-Francois Morin
Principal Architect for Kandy

Garrett Smith

Garrett Smith
Founder of Pitch + Pivot

Rich Tehrani

Rich Tehrani

Paul Pluschkell

Paul Pluschkell
Genband Chief Strategy Officer and Founder of Kandy

Patrick Asher

Patrick Asher
VP, Technology and Product, Cloud Services at GENBAND

Alex Donn

Alex Donn
Director of Developer Evangelism at Kandy

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of Idea
    Includes creativity and originality of the idea. Is the app concept the first of a new frontier of software? Or an old champion now powered by the explosiveness of Kandy?
  • Implementation of Idea
    Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer and the extent to which it utilizes the Kandy API.
  • Overall Punch
    Includes the extent to which the application could make business and communications better.

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