Do you like developing awesome tools to make Twitch better for everyone? Wait, let us rephrase…

Do you like developing awesome tools to make Twitch better for everyone while a big clock ticks down to 0:00 like you’re in an action movie? If you’re up for a fun and rewarding challenge, you should join us Saturday, October 27 for our 24-hour TwitchCon Hackathon.

Here’s how it works: Partnered streamers will approach us with ideas for new and useful extensions. Our expert staff will vet their ideas, and then teams of up to four hackers (that’s you!) will race to create prototypes of those extensions by the end of the Hackathon.

The TwitchCon Hackathon will begin Saturday morning, with the list of hackable extension concepts being revealed. Each team will pick one streamer’s project to work on from the list. After the opening session, hacking begins! Food will be provided; sleep will be optional. 24 hours later we’ll demo the projects. Entries will be judged based on functionality, design, and other criteria, and prizes will be awarded for top extensions. Winners will receive trophies, blog recognition, and a featured extension slot.

Want to learn about Twitch Extensions before you join the TwitchCon Hackathon 2018? Request a ticket for Developer Day on Thursday, October 25 for a deep dive into the technologies that power Extensions.

Participants will have TwitchCon access all three days and will receive exclusive TwitchCon Hackathon 2018 swag. Check out the full event rules and the FAQ below. When you’re ready to hack, register here!

Event Rules
  • All participants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Teams must be no more than four members and can be formed before or at the start of the event.
  • Each participant may only work on one project.
  • A project may not have any code dedicated to it until hacking begins on the Saturday of the event. Setting up your development environment with SDKs in advance is fine (and recommended).
  • Projects must be Twitch extensions and must be built as close to the chosen extension concept as possible.
  • Projects must be submitted by the time hacking ends on the Sunday of the event. After that, presentation materials may be worked on but no more design/development can be done on the submission.
  • Submissions will be judged on creativity, utility, presentation, and that special “Twitch” factor.
FAQ

What is a hackathon?
Think “hack” in the sloppy-creation sense of “hacking” a project together. Think “marathon” in the sense of “you’ll be doing it nonstop for a while”. A hackathon is a software development contest that gives you 24 hours to create a project following certain restrictions. They are spaces for passion, innovation, and they are great opportunities to learn new technologies and meet other builders.

Who can participate?
This hackathon is open to anyone who is at least 18 years of age.

What should I bring?
All of your work gear, and maybe a few items to make your stay more comfortable. We recommend a laptop, charger, headphones, light sweater, and hygiene products to stay fresh.

Can I hack with a team?
Yes! You will be hacking alongside a team of 4 other members. Team creation is informal, so feel free to build an alliance beforehand or at the event, however all team members must apply and be selected to participate individually. We will hold a team-building session at the beginning of the event for anyone who is still LFG.

Can I submit a project I’ve worked on in the past?
Out of fairness to other participants, all submissions must have no work dedicated to them before hacking begins.

Where can I read the full rules?
Complete rules are hosted here.