2015 RVA Hackathon

4th Annual / April 11, 2015

2015 RVA Hackathon

4th Annual / April 11, 2015

One day to make something awesome

The 2015 RVA Hackathon will be a one day, 10 hour event on April 11th 2015. Come join us and lets make something awesome together.


The Recap:

The fourth year of the RVA Hackathon brought out an increased focus on competition, a greater emphasis on teams. A full house of attendees from across the city worked for 10 hours on Saturday at Gather, while food and drink from across the city was brought in to keep them going.

Projects & Winners

See all the great projects made during the hackathon and better yet, see who took home Hackathon glory.


Relive the fun through the photo gallery, find your friends and share your favorites. A special thanks to Monica Thornton & Garrett Ross for documenting the event.


2015 RVA Hackathon

The RVA Hackathon gives you—and other creators like you—ten hours to develop something amazing. We’ll announce a theme the night before, give you breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee breaks, and set you free to work your magic. Awards will be given for Best in Show, Best in Concept, Best Design, Best Execution, and Crowd Favorite.

If it sounds exciting, exhausting, and exhilarating all in one, that’s because it is. This year, we’re limiting the number of seats to 50, so register now, as slots tend to fill up fast.

Register Now

$25 Tickets

Purchase of your ticket gets you:

  • One of the 50 limited seats, and a chance at any of the prizes
  • A 2015 RVA Hackathon t-shirt
  • Commemorative laser-etched mason jar

The fuel to keep you going:

  • Breakfast
  • Boxed lunch from Citizen
  • Coffee break visit from the Alchemy Coffee Cart
  • Dinner provided by the Pizza Tonight mobile pizza oven


Gather is a coworking space located downtown at 409 E. Main St. In the heart of downtown Richmond, office space can be hard to come by. Renting office space is a huge expense for many businesses, especially start-ups and entrepreneurs. At Gather, you have all the tools and resources you need to run a successful small business. Plus, you can develop relationships with other businesspeople who work at Gather.

Gather provides shared office space, which is an affordable alternative to other office space rentals in Richmond, VA. You can rent a single office, just a desk or simply cowork, and provides office space and shared amenities to allow you to Work, Live and Play.

Gather Map

409 E Main St. / #200
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Friday, April 10th
Happy Hour

  • 6-8 PMPre-Hackathon Happy Hour and Check-in

Come join the teams at Gather for a Happy Hour, where we’ll get you checked in, drink a few drinks, and announce the theme of the event. This event is not required, but we strongly encourage doing so, as your presence will be a valuable asset towards all the community-building RVA Hackathon promotes! (If you can’t make it, we’ll be posting the theme to all of our social media outlets).

Saturday, April 11th

  • 7 AMCheck-in & Breakfast
  • 8 AMOfficial RVA Hackathon development start time
  • 11:30 PMLunch provided by Citizen
  • 2:30 PMCoffee provided by Alchemy
  • 5 PMDinner provided by Pizza Tonight
  • 6 PMDevelopment ends / Submissions due
  • 7 PMPresentations
  • 9 PMAwards Ceremony
  • 10 PMAfter-party at Pasture


Jay Sanne

Jay Sanne is Vice President of Technology for Capital One Financial Corporation. Since joining Capital One in 2002, Mr. Sanne has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, specializing in software solution delivery. He currently leads the Branded Credit Card Marketing and Decisioning Technology team which includes software engineering teams across multiple US and international geographies. He is accountable for real-time, customer-facing applications that enable prospect marketing, customer offers, and credit decisioning for Capital One’s North America credit card business.

Wren Lanier

Wren is a product designer with more than 15 years experience building web sites and software. A frequent speaker at tech events, she is also the co-founder of RVA's bill conference, an unconference about how "ideas are easy, making things is hard." She currently lives Durham, NC and leads design and UX for Highrise.

Jeff MacDonald

A creative technologist at The Martin Agency since 2011, Jeff has worked on such projects like Chips Ahoy! bags that drive around a grocery store scaring customers to turning OREO’s into drum kits. During the school year, Jeff is an adjunct professor at the VCU Brandcenter and VCU Undergrad Ad program. In 2014, Jeff was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Marketing and Advertising.


This year we are offering awards for 5 different categories:

Best in Show

The end-all-be-all of Hackathon glory. A unanimous vote from our judges on the one project that stands out about the rest.

Best Use of Theme

Great Scott! You took the theme and ran with it, creating something that could have come direct from Doc Brown's garage.

Best Design

Pixel-perfect and designed to the nines, you clearly had an eye on this one.

Best Execution

Nailed it! You hit the bullseye on what you set out to do, and made it look easy.

Crowd Favorite

What do these judges know anyway? All your friends say you're the best, come up and collect your award.


View the 2014 RVA Hackathon