5-6 May 2018 | Milk Studios Los Angeles | 21+ Event

The challenge and the bass are about to drop

The time has arrived. It?s time to mix your passion for tech and music festivals and join AngelHack and sponsors Amazon Web Services, Intel, and EDC for the most colorful, inclusive, and badass hackathon on the planet. Do you and your friends want to go to EDC Vegas? Well, here?s your chance. Gather your most creative developer friends or co-workers and join us as a team to Hack Till Dawn. Or come on your own and meet other like-minded developers with whom you can join forces.

VIP passes to EDC Las Vegas and EDC Orlando (and much more) are on the line; all you have to do is come up with the most revolutionary new tech that will help musical festivals up their game. So are you in?



LA HACKATHON, MAY 5 & 6, 2018
Top 3 Teams Will Win
Value of $13,750 USD

  • VIP passes to EDC Las Vegas, airfare, hotel, and featured promotion of their idea by the festival.
  • Free AWS DeepLens device for each person (15 total devices)
  • Inclusion in AWS promotional videos created from the Hackathon

*Winning teams will be provided with support from AWS and Intel solutions architects for a final solution tune up leading up to EDC Vegas and EDC Orlando.
* Finalists will receive their prizes post-hackathon


Las Vegas, MAY 18-20, 2018

  • The Top 3 Teams? demo videos will be featured by EDC Las Vegas where festival fans will vote for the grand prize winner.
  • Grand Prize winner is announced on 6/1/18


The Top Team Will Win
Additional Value of $21,500 USD

  • VIP passes to EDC Orlando, airfare, hotel, one per person (November 9 & 10, 2018)
  • Implementation and promotion of their winning idea at EDC Orlando
    Tickets to 2018 re:Invent and the re:Play party, one per person
  • Presentation of their idea at an AWS DeepLens break-out session at re:Invent

The Challenge

What?s the most kick ass technology you?ve always wished for at music festivals? What would you create if the sky was your limit? Here?s your chance! Use AWS technology to create an experience that is desperately needed or would greatly enhance the fan experience at an EDC festival. It can be anything from getting more information on the events and activities at the festival to using a virtual assistant to direct you to the nearest bathroom with the shortest line. Anything you can dream of for a festival, make it.


Featured APIs

Intel is driving AI innovation to ensure every data scientist, developer, and practitioner has access to the best platform to build the future, from cloud to edge. Learn more

Whether you are a data scientist, ML researcher, or developer, AWS offers machine learning services and tools tailored to meet your needs and level of expertise.

AWS DeepLens

AWS DeepLens helps put deep learning in the hands of developers, literally, with a fully programmable video camera, tutorials, code, and pre-trained models designed to expand deep learning skills.

Find out more here

Amazon SageMaker

Amazon SageMaker is a fully-managed platform that enables developers and data scientists to quickly and easily build, train, and deploy machine learning models at any scale. Amazon SageMaker removes all the barriers that typically slow down developers who want to use machine learning.

Find out More Here

Surprise API

Shh, we can’t tell you that yet! At some point during the hackathon we?ll announce a surprise AWS API that you can build into your idea to earn additional points from the judges. Be ready for anything!

HINT: “We?re saving the surprise for Saturday?good thinks come to those who wait”

AWS Credits

Each attendee will receive $100 AWS credits to build out their solutions.

Make sure to create an?AWS Account?before you arrive.


Wednesday, May 2nd:

all times are in PT

18:30 20:00 AWS + EDC Festival Hackathon Virtual Session via Zoom
Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/j/439588597
Meeting Number: 439 588 597

Saturday, May 5th:

all times are in PT

09:00 10:00 Doors Open & Breakfast Served, Networking, and Team Formation
10:00 10:30 Opening Ceremony/Presentations from Partners
10:30 - Coding Begins
12:00 13:00 Lunch Served
13:00 14:00 Breakout Session(s)
18:00 19:00 Dinner Served
20:00 20:30 Pitch Workshop
21:00 21:30 Pitch Practice Session
24:00 - Midnight Snack
Hack through the Night*
*The venue will be open and staffed overnight if you?d like to hack through the night.

Sunday, May 6th:

all times are in PT

07:00 08:00 Breakfast Served
12:00 13:00 Lunch Served
13:00 - Submission Deadline
14:00 15:00 Judging
15:00 15:30 Judge Deliberation
15:30 16:00 Closing Ceremony & Awards
16:00 - Event Close

Judging Criteria

(Hackathon in LA)

Each submission will be scored in each round based on the following criteria with a minimum score of 0 and a maximum score of 30 points, with the final score being the average of the judges? scores:

Simplicity (5 points):

Is the application simple to use and can the team explain it clearly in three sentences or less?

Creativity (5 points):

How creative was the team in developing an innovative solution for the challenge?

Impact (5 points):

Did the team create an application that can have a real and valuable impact?

Design (5 points):

Was the UX/UI intuitive and appealing?

Usage of Featured and Surprise Technology (5 points):

Was the featured technology used, and how well were the surprise APIs utilized?

Presentation (5 points):

Was the demo well organized, coherent, and did it communicate how the idea meets the other criteria?

(Top Three Teams in Las Vegas)

Fan Voting

Leading up to, and during EDC Las Vegas, fans will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite idea. AWS and EDC will promote the submissions, encouraging fans to check out the pitch videos and cast their vote for the idea they?d like to see brought to life at EDC Orlando.


Randall Hunt

Senior Technical Evangelist, AWS

David Wilkins

Sr. Software Engineer, Insomniac

Ryan Fay

Global CIO, ACI Specialty Benefits

Jeff Barr

Chief Evangelist, AWS

John Carnahan

CDO and EVP, Data Science & Engineering, Ticketmaster

Huma Abidi

Director of Engineering, Artificial Intelligence Product Group, Intel

Pilar Manchon

Director of Cognitive Interfaces, Amazon


  • Teams of up to 5 participants are allowed. All team members must have completed the participation agreement to compete.
  • Participants must be 21 years of age and citizens of the continental United States upon registration.
  • You may not begin your project until the competition officially begins. Please don’t come in and build on top of previous projects if you want to win.
  • Winning teams will be subject to a code-review at some point following the event or immediately before winning.


Who Can Attend?

All developers, designers and entrepreneurs who are 21 and over.

How are Teams Formed?

Teams can be created in advance using the Hack Till Dawn Slack channel and/ or onsite and will be comprised of one to five individuals.

How is Hack Till Dawn Judged?

Winners of the Hack Till Dawn hackathon will be selected by a panel of judges who will use the judging requirements provided above. Out of the three finalists, the grand prize winner will be chosen by fan vote.

What is the Fresh Code Rule?

All code developed as part of Hack Till Dawn must be fresh. Before the start of Hack Till Dawn, developers can create wireframes, designs and user flows. They can also come with hardware. But to keep things fair, all code must be written onsite at Hack Till Dawn. Other than that, almost anything goes and you can use any coding languages or open-source libraries.