The “code-free” hackathon for designers and business people.

Why ProtoHack?

ProtoHack exists to show “non-coders” that they too can create something amazing from nothing. We want to empower you with the tools, knowledge and community to help you bring your idea to life and communicate it visually through prototyping.

How Does it Work?

  • No coding is required. Instead you will use prototyping tools, drag and drop editors, mockups, wireframes and anything else you can think of to VISUALLY demo your idea on stage. (We’ve put together the best tools for non-coders, so don’t fret if you’ve never prototyped.)
  • Although we encourage you to try some prototyping tools prior to attending ProtoHack, we will begin ProtoHack with optional educational workshops on how to use some of the top prototyping tools.
  • You can choose to prototype alone or form a team with other participants and decide on an idea together. Teams can be up to 4 people.
  • You will have 9 hours to produce a prototype. (Remember, you are creating a lean prototype of your idea and it doesn’t need to be perfect. The focus should be on visually showing what the idea is.)
  • At the end, you or your team will present on stage to a panel of judges consisting of developers and investors to get feedback.

What’s in it for me?

ProtoHack will be a 12 hour experience where you will build a prototype that communicates an idea visually.

  • Learn how to effectively use industry leading tools to put together a prototype and visually communicate your idea.
  • Meet other like-minded people with various backgrounds in design, business, marketing, product management and more who are all excited and passionate about building something.
  • Become a better product person with a deeper understanding of UX.
  • Exclusive access to over $200 in prototyping tools and sponsor related goodies.
  • We will also invite developers who are looking for new projects, to come and watch the presentations so they have a no-pressure opportunity to contact you if they’re interested in helping you actually code your prototype.

Our next event is happening in SF Aug 23 – Buy Tickets here!*

$50.00 Buy Ticket Now


Vivek Wadwha – “The new era of advancing technologies: How entrepreneurs can solve trillion dollar problems”

vivek_finalIn 2013, TIME Magazine listed Vivek as one of The 40 Most Influential Minds in Tech. He oversees Research at Singularity University, where many entrepreneurs go to solve big problems. He is a Fellow at Arthur &Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University;Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering,  Duke University;and Distinguished Fellow at Singularity University. He is author of  “The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent”–which was named by The Economist as a Book of the Year of 2012. He was named by Foreign Policy Magazine as Top 100 Global Thinker in 2012.


Win the competition, and take home stuff that will help you launch!



Murray Newlands – Columnist @VentureBeat

Murray Newlands is an entreprenur, investor, part of the founders space incubator team. Newlands writes and produces videos on entrepreneurship, tech and social marketing trends and startup advice for,, VentureBeat and The Guardian. He is on the advisory board for VigLink, the leading platform for content-driven commerce. Newlands received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of North London. He gained his Green Card by being recognized by the US government as an “alien of extraordinary ability.” Newlands is the author of “Online Marketing: A User’s Manual” and “Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals”.


Ashwin Pushpala, CEO of SANO

Ashwin Pushpala is CEO and co-founder of Sano, a digital health company building a wearable sensor platform for the continuous detection and wireless transmission of metabolic data. Sano plans to liberate this data to a third-party development platform called the ‘API for the bloodstream’, allowing developers to build powerful epidemiological, fitness, and nutrition applications. Sano has raised $3.75M from True Ventures, First Round Capital, Floodgate Fund, Felicis Ventures, Elevation Partners, and angel investors.

Cindy F Solomon, CPM, CPMM, Product Marketing Expert

Cindy F Solomon, CPM, CPMM, Product Marketing Expert

Cindy F. Solomon is a product marketing leader and product management evangelist. Solomon founded the Startup Product Academy and the movement for product excellence to build bridges, open doors for new product professionals and facilitate a holistic view of product and strategic foundation forwarding both product leaders and professional product management organizations with innovative approaches across disciplines. Cindy is host of the popular Global Product Management Talk, a top 10 business podcast on the BlogTalkRadio network reaching >30,000 listeners/episode. She holds CPM/CPMM certification.


Matt Shoup, LinkedIn’s Hacker In Residence

In 2010, when Matthew Shoup first started at LinkedIn’s Mountain View office, he had a simple enough title: “Technical Marketer.” He had expertise in online advertising. Today, though, Shoup is known by a range of different monikers. Officially, there’s his current title, the stark and enigmatic “Hacker-in-Residence.” And then there are his nicknames: “Mr. 10X” (for the internal tools he built that have helped LinkedIn scale) and “The Swiss Army Knife” (for his general jack-of-all-tradesiness), among them.


9:30AM-10:30AM: Registration

Check in, get acclimated, have some snacks from KIND energy bars, get charged up with RUNA energy drinks and Clearly Kombucha beverages.

10:30AM-11AM: Keynote

Come listen to Vivek Wadhwa, a top TIME tech influencer. He will talk about trillion dollar ideas and his background in tech, and inspire you before a long day of building.

11AM-8PM: Hack/Prototype

If you’ve formed your team, you can prototype at this time. Use tools like or InvisionApp to make it come to life with no code!

11:30AM-12:00PM: Breakout Session 1

“How You (or Anyone) Can Be an Awesome Designer” by Megan Kierstead, owner of Social Ergonomics


  • What design is (and isn’t)
  • Building a product — the role of a designer
  • Empathy — the only thing that matters
  • User research — understanding people, problems, and brains
  • The design process — turning research into “stuff”
  • Usability, aesthetics, and testing — tips and tricks from HCI

12PM-12:30PM: Breakout Session 2

“Build an iOS prototype in about 20 minutes using” by Todd Siegel, UX Chief


  • Learn how to build an iOS app prototype from scratch to sharing it on the phone – in about 20 minutes.
  • Building a product — the role of a designer
  • In this demo, you’ll see just how quick and easy it is to create an iPhone prototype with scrolling content, screens with multiple states, interactive animation, and more.
  • The design process — turning research into “stuff”

1PM: Lunch

Lunch will be provided for all

6:30PM: Dinner

Patxi’s Pizza – Sponsored by Social Ana – Anal Lucia Novak

7:45PM: Hack Submission Deadline!

Make sure to submit your hack by this time, or you will not be able to present!

8PM-10PM: Presentations, Judges and Prizes

  • 1st round of presentations are 90 seconds long
  • Judges will rate on 1-5 scale of Novelty, Value, Presentation and Design
  • 2nd round we invite the top 5 finalists back up, for 5 minute Q&A
  • We will choose the top three, and present prizes to the winners
  • We invite developers and investors to watch the presentations – tell them to apply for a free pass here
  • The event will end with networking, music, pizza and drinks

Venue: Galvanize, 543 Howard St, 9:30am-10:00pm


Tech-Enabled Hack-Room &Stage


Chillout Art Lounge


Chillout Rooftop Deck

Buy Tickets here!*

$50.00 Buy Ticket Now

*Are you a developer or investor who wants to watch the presentations? Apply for a free presentation pass here.

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