222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1212
Chicago, IL 60654

October 14th and 15th

Powered by AngelHack, Sponsored by Discover Global Network


Show up to Showdown!

Millions of transactions occur every day. Think about that: every single day millions of 1’s and 0’s fly through mainframes. But written in that code is the livelihood of people, small businesses, even huge companies.

At the Discover ® Global Network API Showdown Hackathon, we’re looking for the brightest minds in FinTech to compete for one of two cash prizes of $8,000 and $3,000 each.

And the best part? We’re offering travel stipends of $350 per person for you to fly out to Chicago and compete.



Grand Prize:

  • Cash Prize: $8,000USD
  • Money 20/20! Your team will be flown to the Money 20/20 Conference October 22nd-25th 2017, put up in Vegas, and given a booth to pitch your idea to the top financial leaders on the globe.

Runner-Up Prize

  • Cash Prize: $3,000 USD
  • Gadgets: GoPro for Each Member of the Team

2nd Runner-Up Prize:

  • Gadgets: Amazon Echo & Dot for each member of the team
    • Amazon, Amazon Echo & Amazon Echo Dot are Trademarks of Amazon.

Travel Stipend

Sponsor will provide a travel stipend in the form of a reimbursement to each qualified Team member of up to three hundred and fifty dollars ($350) for travel expenses actually incurred by such qualified developer, designer and entrepreneur in attending the API Showdown Hackathon (the “Travel Stipend”). To qualify for the Travel Stipend, Team members must:

  • Check-in onsite to the Hackathon
  • Submit a project on a designated website, and
  • Demo to the judges on October 15, 2017.

When a qualified Team member requests reimbursement from Sponsor for such travel expenses, all supporting itemized receipts must be attached to the request. Summary-level credit card receipts without itemized details are not sufficient for reimbursement. All authorized travel expenses must be submitted on or before November 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm PST, by submitting a stipend claim form at the following address: stipend@angelhack.com. Team members must submit claim forms individually and all receipts must have the attendee’s name on them. Receipts must reflect the dates of October 14 and 15, 2017. Only travel to/from the Hackathon and hotel stay during the event will be reimbursed. In no event will Sponsor reimburse travel expenses in excess of three hundred and fifty dollars ($350) or in excess of travel expenses actually incurred by a qualified developer, designer and entrepreneur.

See Participation Agreement for full terms and conditions.


The Challenge for the Discover ® Global Network API Showdown Hackathon is simple: the best use of Discover Global Network APIs wins it all.

Utilizing the provided Discover Global Network APIs, leverage these technologies together to create the best hacks that would affect one of two market segments, 1) the user or 2) the customer.

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Wednesday, October 11th:

6:30-8:30 pm Pre-Discover Virtual Session via WebEx
Meeting number: 627 731 986
Webex link: Here!
Video address: Dial 627731986@angelhackhq.my.webex.com
Audio connection: +1-510-338-9438 USA Toll
Access code: 627 731 986

Saturday, October 14th:

9:00am – Doors Open & Breakfast
10:00 am – Opening Ceremony & Presentations from Partners
11:00am – Coding Begins
12:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Breakout Session
6:00 pm – Dinner
10:00 pm – Pitch Workshop
12:00 am – Midnight Snack
12:00- 8:00am – Hack through the night*
*If you would like to hack overnight the event will be open and staffed

Sunday, October 15th:

7:00am – Breakfast
12:00pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Submission Deadline
2:00 pm – Round 1 Judging
3:00 pm – Judge Deliberation
3:30pm – Awards
4:00 pm – Event Close

Judging Criteria

Each submission will be scored in each round based on the following criteria with a minimum score of 0 and maximum score of 20 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? Does the app demonstrates high throughput design architecture.


Andy Abbott

Co-Founder & CTO, Heretik


Teams of up to 5 participants are allowed. All team members must have completed the participation agreement to compete.
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.
Teams have full ownership of everything they build at our events and are free to do with it as they wish.
Winning teams will be subject to a code-review at some point following the event or immediately before winning.