A Recap of Spartan Hackathon Prelim at AT&T

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Have you ever built out a functional API over the course of 24 hours? If yes, you might simply be a skilled developer. But how many out there have built a fully functional API in 24 hours in addition to completing 180 burpees AND completing a 3+ mile Reebok Spartan Race Stadium Sprint? Not many. At the Spartan Hackathon Prelim in AT&T Park this past weekend, we had more than a few hackers who lived up to this challenge, including Alejandro Garcia Del Bosque, Alan Faz, Bernhard Janke, Brandon Matlock, Miguel Flores Silverio, Elias Ramirez, and Brian De Anda.

The Spartan Hackathon Tour originally started during a conversation between Joe DeSena (Founder of Spartan Race) and myself regarding what might happen if the worlds of entrepreneurship, tech, and the Spartan ideology were combined. We decided to seek out the ultimate hybrid athlete-hackers and immerse them in the Spartan lifestyle. San Francisco is a hotbed for some of the best software engineers in the world, so this was a clear destination for our first stop on the 2014 Spartan Hackathon Tour.

With a cap of 60 hacker spots, we sold out the event in a matter of weeks. Come Friday afternoon, while Spartan Race build staff was setting up equipment in the stadium for 6,000 racers who were to descend on the stadium the following day, we opened up our doors for the start of the hackathon.

Here’s what ensued over the next 24 hours:


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Here’s a recap of all the great projects developed over the 24 hours:

1st Place: Bibbr

Bibbr is where people go online to buy and sell competition race bibs when the event is “sold out”. Bibbr is a secondary market for race events and will work with race event directors to establish the marketplace that will kick-in once the event sells its allotment of tickets.



Runner Up: Spartanizer

Pushes Workout of the Day content in Pebble app, (timed), so when you get to the gym you don’t have to think, just get your Spartan on! http://www.spartanizer.com/


3rd Place: Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus is a mobile app to inspire athletes to become gods of ancient Greece where users acquire special abilities by completing active challenges.


Other teams

Aroo – Aroo! is a complete solution to bring fitness studios into the fitness tracking era. Aroo’s hardware and software solution converts any aftermark equipment into a digital machine, allowing members to automatically track their workouts. Aroo works as an open API, which allows any fitness app to access its data and improve their fitness tracking and goal achievement solutions.

Spottr – A mobile app for building a workout regimen by finding and creating workout groups around your local area. Imagine creating flash workout mobs. Users can then browse upcoming workout experiences by category and fitness level.

Agogee – Agoge (pronounced “Ah-go-ghee”) was the ancient Spartan training school where warriors prepared for battle. The Agoge online community is a place for Spartan racers to discuss and connect about obstacles, events, and any other topics. The voice of Spartans is amplified when they show strong training via Jawbone, promoting fitness socially.

Spartan Prep – After registering for a Spartan event, you will be given a workout regimen to fit your goals.

Turf – Get out and do circuits in your own neighborhood. Map your workout to your environment and then post it to the community. Protect your turf by challenging friends. Join Competitions to overtake people’s turf.

Dare – Dare friends for fitness challenges. After logging in with your Facebook. You can send “Dare”, which consist of a challenge and an reward to your friend.

Urban Spartan – Urban Spartan is an app that allows you to create “urban spartan races” that use parks/urban spaces/made obstacles to have mini spartan races. You can create a “race” and share it, or discover created races in your area, and compete with others times/results.

Congratulations again to all who participated! We had a fantastic weekend. See you at the next Spartan Race!

The Original Spartan, Hack-Twerking, and Sleeping with Friends – A Recap of Hackfit Boston Spring 2014

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It’s been 8 months since we held the first ever Hackfit event in our hometown of Boston/Cambridge Massachusetts. With the success of our Philadelphia and San Francisco events two and four weeks ago respectively, I was rearing and ready to crush Hackfit Boston to round out our 2014 Spring season of hackathon events. With over 125 participants registered from all over New England, I knew this was going to be just as big and totally badass as year 1. I wasn’t disappointed.

Hackfit unites physicality with ideation and hacking like nothing else that exists today. Everything we do is different – from our initial ice-breaker to our scoring criteria – we are uniting the technology community around an ideal and cultural mantra not ordinarily seen in startups and large companies alike – health. Read More


Hackfit Philadelphia: The City of Brotherly Hugs

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To be totally honest, we had no idea what to expect from Hackfit Philadelphia. Hackfit’s two prior events in Boston and San Francisco had each attracted upwards of 160 participants; yet, as we boarded our bus out of Boston just days before the looming event, we had just shy of 80 registrations. We wondered if this size group would be able to create the epic atmosphere of the previous Hackfit events. Well, if there’s anything to be said about the entrepreneurs, starter-uppers, hackers, coders, and fit geeks of Philadelphia it’s that they truly embody the age old adage: “it’s not the number of dogs in the fight, but how passionate and willing to hug strangers they are.” Read More

Hackfit San Francisco: Starting 2014 off with a Bang

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By the time Hackfit San Francisco rolled around, it had been nearly 6 months since Hackfit’s first event in Boston.  The time in between was spent choosing cities for the next events, building a community base to take the events across the country, planning and organizing the logistics of the first four events of 2014, and generally figuring out just how the hell Hackfit would pull off running 10 events in 2014. Read More


Hackfit San Francisco Final Results

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From an epic start at the Palace of Fine Arts to an inspirational finish at Tagged Headquarters, Hackfit San Francisco can officially be deemed a huge success.

It is our core belief that activity inspires innovation and builds camaraderie. Throughout the weekend, Hackfit participants racked up a total of 17,828 minutes of exercise – or 297 hours – which, when divided by our estimation of the number of people who stayed for the whole weekend (~120) comes out to about 2.5 hours of exercise per person for the whole weekend. Read More

The Healthiest Consulting Company of All Time?

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What do you imagine when you think of a management consulting company? If you were to ask me this question a month ago, my response would have included a description of Marty Kahn from Showtime’s House of Lies, the notion of 90 hour work weeks with 90% travel, fancy suits, and big degrees from HBS and Wharton only trumped by bigger egos. Kiss any notion of a healthy work-life balance goodbye. Read More

“Hackfit changed the trajectory of my life.” An Interview With Liz Cohen

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hackfit namaste_miniOne week after the first-ever Hackfit event which was held late last September in Boston, Hackfit founder Justin Mendelson received an enthusiastic ‘thank you’ from one very energized participant. The note’s author, Boston-based graphic designer Liz Cohen, proudly declared “Hackfit changed the trajectory of my life!” Getting to the bottom of this statement, Justin and I recently sat down with Liz to get all the details of her transition from self-proclaimed “scared puppy” to empowered ass-kicker. Read More