Startups Borne Out of Hackathon

Hackathons—an event where creativity, concepts, and crafts take place. But what have these events have in common? They’re actually where some great startups are born! Hackathons have led to the discovery of many successful business ideas and built some of the coolest applications of our time. 

Listed below are some of the most brilliant stories about startups born at hackathons!


At their very first hackathon held by Startup Weekend in Singapore in 2012, Lucas Ngoo and Quek Siu Rui discovered Carousell. A community marketplace that lets you buy and sell everything in between from clothes, books, beauty products, even cars, and houses. And a few years later, they branched out into 19 locations, including Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and other parts of Southeast Asia.

Easy Taxi

Founders Tallis Gomes and Daniel Cohen came up with this idea when they experienced inefficient transportation in Brazil. The duo attended the  Startup Weekend Rio in 2011, after winning the hackathon, they launched the beta version of the e-hailing app. Easy Taxi now operates in 30 countries and in more than 400 cities.


GroupMe is a free messaging app founded by Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci in TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in 2012. A year later into the business, the messaging app was acquired by Skype for  $80 million.


Another product of the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathons. Created by Matt Hall and John Watkinson, Docracy is an online website that enables businesses to securely locates a contract and other legal documents, and make it easier to find for everyone.


Many restaurants’ websites have outdated menus, wrong information, and most of the time they don’t even load. Appetas is created for restaurant owners to construct a website that attracts customers as they look at it. Designed by Keller Smith and Curtis Fonger, the winners of AngelHack in 2012. Two years later, they were acquired by Google.

A hackathon is about creating innovative ideas and meeting talented people who work hard in order to create something they are passionate about. It’s a  great place to test and validate ideas. Take inputs from teammates, companies, and mentors to see if your product or service is likely to solve any issue. A combination of different skills, time-pressure, and passion could bring a new and fresh solution. Give your ideas a chance and who knows, you might be working on a million-worth company!

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