Salesforce Awards $1 Million to Top App at Dreamforce Hackathon

This afternoon Salesforce co-founders Marc Benioff and Parker Harris announced the winning team of the Salesforce $1 Million Hackathon.

Among the hackathon teams vying for the prize were a threesome from Waterloo.

Salesforce made the announcement on the final day of Dreamforce 2013 in the Gateway Ballroom, where all finalist teams came on stage and demoed their new apps for Benioff, Parker, and Adam Seligman, Vice President, Developer Relations, and a crowded and energetic room.

The winning app by the UPSHOT team is a voice to analytics app makes it easier for companies to talk to their database and do mobile reporting. You type in something in plain English, gets translated into code to become an instant application.

The winning team receives the $1 million prize, but on-stage, Benioff changed the award structure for the other finalists, so that each member of the second through fifth place teams received $50,000, $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.

The team from Waterloo didn’t make the finals but the other finalist teams were:

  • – App that re-imagines how people sign up for health care and helps them understand their benefits better.
  • HireBase – App that makes the hiring process easier to manage for recruiters.
  • Appfetch –  App whose goal is to want to give sales people a unified view of every interaction on any cloud and service.
  • 2lementry – App that uses facial recognition to gather data from in-person interactions and feed that directly into Salesforce.