Join us June 13-15 in NYC or ONLINE and show your dev and design skills... Build video experiences using Kaltura, and win twice - Participating teams will get a chance to visit Kaltura Connect and present their applications to leading media companies, universities, educational organizations and Fortune 500 corporations around the world. The winners will take home a $50,000 prize!

How to Participate?

  1. Sign up for your free Kaltura Developer Account.
  2. Join the ChallengePost challenge (click Join to the right on this page).
  3. Build a Kaltura based video experience - and submit to the first round of judging on Sunday at 5pm!

Participating On Site in NYC - 5 Union Square W, New York, NY 10003.

  • We will have lots of food, soft drinks, and coffee served throughout the weekend to keep everyone energized. 
  • At the venue we will have Kaltura, VoiceBase and Rackspace experts who will be there as mentors to help you get started quickly and learn the APIs and SDKs.
  • We will be running wifi based on AT&T LTE network. It should be enough bandwidth to serve everyone, but if you have your own hotspot – feel free to bring it for your own dedicated internet connection.

Participating Online – NEW! 

If you couldn’t make it to NYC this week – you can still participate at the Hackathon!

  • We will be Live Streaming the opening keynote, the API presentations and the first round of judging on Sunday evening. The URL to watch the Live Stream is
  • Developers who finish their apps by Sunday will be invited to present their application via video to the judges during Sunday evening’s first round of screening.
  • Mentors from Kaltura, VoiceBase and Rackspace will be hanging out over at the IRC #kaltura channel on for online assistance with the APIs and SDKs.


The Schedule Highlights

  • We will meet on Friday, June 13, at 4pm for gathering and networking, the presentations and Live Stream will begin at 5:30pm. 
  • Application hacking will officially begin at 9pm on Friday and last until Sunday at 4pm. 
  • On Sunday at 5pm we will have the first round of judging, where the finalists will be chosen. 
  • The finalists will be chosen based on meeting all "Judging Criteria”: is the application original, fully functional, based on Kaltura, and can be presented publicly. 
  • On Sunday, we will also open for public voting by the community and Kaltura Connect attendees – so make sure your app is presentable and accessible online!
  • Finalists will be invited to Kaltura Connect at Jazz at Lincoln Center, to present their apps at the closing keynote on June 18th where the final judging will take place, and the winners will be announced! 


The Weekend Agenda: 

Friday (June 13)
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm: Registrations and social drinks!
  • 5:30pm - 6:00pm: Welcome keynote.
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm: Presenting the APIs and SDKs
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm: Food and Group Formation
  • 9:00pm: Let the hacking begin!
Saturday (June 14)
  • Hacking, Coffee, Food and Drinks through the day!
Sunday (June 15)
  • 4:00pm: Get ready for presentations!
  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm: Presentations and Guidance 
Monday through Wednesday - Kaltura Connect (June 16-18)

Teams that have submitted apps, will recieve FREE tickets to attend Kaltura Connect - The Video Experience Conference.
And special discounted tickets for the pre-conference workshops!

During the conference there will be a period of public crowd voting.

At the closing keynote (June 18)

Final judging and announcing the winners!


  1. Please register on the Kaltura Connect site.
  2. Sign up for your free Kaltura Developer Account.
  3. Build a Kaltura based video experience - and submit to the first round of judging on Sunday at 5pm!
  4. Participants are expected to follow the Code of Conduct. Those who violate these rules may be asked to leave and have their submission disqualified.
  5. Applications must be based on Kaltura, either as core server plugins, player plugins or API based applications.
  6. ONLY applications that were created during the hackathon weekend will be accepted. Applications that were build prior to the hackathon weekend (June 13-15, 2014) will be disqualified.
  7. Participants must either work alone or as groups (sharing the prize). We welcome individuals of all different interests, from design, developers to entrepreneurs and storytelles! 
  8. You will maintain the copyrights of your application. You are encouraged to open source your app in the spirit of Kaltura - however it's definitely your decision.
  9. Participants who will graduate their applications, may also be assisted in joining the Kaltura Tech Partners Program and commercializing their applications.
  10. Our sponsors; Voicebase and Rackspace will also offer prizes for applications that will leverage both Kaltura and their APIs. Stay tuned for the prizes and challenges at the Hackathon.
  11. Finalists must be submitted to the ChallengePost hackathon page by 5PM on Sunday, June 15th. 
  12. Appilcations must be complete, and usable to be accepted as finalists. The completeness of an application will be at the judges discretion.

Specific rules may be announced at the event. 


To become a finalist submitters must -

  1. Be LIVE for judges and crowd testing by Sunday (June 15) at 5pm.
  2. Record a 45 seconds video describing their applications and performing a walk-through of it.
  3. If your application is open source - the code should be made available on Bonus points will be given to open source applications.
  4. Applications must be developed based on the Kaltura API, and may also leverage the free accounts provided by Rackspace and VoiceBase.
  5. Any programming language or platform may be used.
  6. Appilcations must be complete, and usable to be accepted as finalists.

Hackathon Sponsors


$50,000 in prizes

Hackathon Winners!

The VoiceBase Prize: MacBook Pro!

For the finalist app of choice that have leveraged Kaltura and the VoiceBase API !

Admission to Rackspace Startup Program: $24,000 in Hosting Credits

Goes to the finalist app that leveraged Kaltura and Rackspace!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Zohar Babin

Zohar Babin
Sr. Director of Community, Kaltura

Mac Devine

Mac Devine
IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO of IBM Cloud Services

Frank Rose

Frank Rose
Author of The Art of Immersion

Ben Chodor

Ben Chodor
CEO of Sherpa Digital Media

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation & Creativity
    How original is the idea? Is it simply a repackaging of a previous project or is it something that has never been done before? Mixing of projects to form new concepts? etc.
  • Application Polish
    Does it feel like a quickly hacked-together project, or something that is well thought out? From the User Experience to how many bugs...
  • Design and experience
    Does it look good, and does it feel good to use?
  • Use of participating APIs
    How many of the participating APIs and SDKs have you blended? Is your app creatively leverages the APIs to create great experiences?
  • Public Votes
    Which apps get the most votes?

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