Esri Weekend of Innovation intern hackathon: the future is what we create

Esri is excited to announce our annual intern hackathon: The Weekend of Innovation. The summer interns will form teams of 4 to 5 to solve interesting real-world problems using GIS. The solutions illustrate how effective it is to use ArcGIS to address real problems using location analytics. This event gives the participants an opportunity to be creative and present their idea to their Esri colleagues.

Dates and times:

Friday, July 26, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Saturday, July 27, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Sunday, July 28, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Hacking ends (code freeze) Sunday at 12:00 PM. Each team presents their project on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.


Redlands - Esri Café. Video conference for remote team participation.

Fun games with prizes will be conducted throughout the event. 

Meals and snacks will be provided during hackathon hours.

• Bring your Esri or personal laptop. (We can provide laptops, but we need to know in advance if you need a computer.)

• Bring your own device (phone/tablet) to test apps (if required).

• The cafe is an open workspace – bring headphones, etc.

• There will not be access to other Esri buildings during the event.

• Mentors with expertise in GIS, development (APIs and SDKs), and the ArcGIS platform will be available to answer questions and help troubleshoot problems. However, they won’t be writing any code – that part will be up to you.

• Microsoft Teams will be used throughout the event to communicate with management, hackathon staff, the mentors, and your teammates.

View full rules


$1,600 in prizes

1st Place (4)

Amazon gift card $200.00 value to each team member.

2nd Place (4)

Amazon gift card $100.00 value to each team member.

3rd Place (4)

Amazon gift card $50.00 value to each team member.

Best Presentation (4)

Amazon gift card $25.00 value to each team member.

Best Team Effort (4)

Amazon gift card $25.00 value to each team member.

Finalist (8)

Team advances to the final round

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Open only to interns of Esri’s summer 2019 program.

All patricipants must fill out questionaire and receive a team assignment from the Intern Hackathon management.


Submissions will be judged on content developed during the hackathon submission period only. Any component developed before the hackathon submission period is not eligible for judging.

All teams must declare their participation by the Team entry deadline by completing the team entry form.

All code must be submitted to a public Github repository and available for the judges and event organizers to access.

The submitted solution must build and run in a standalone app on a PC or Mac computer or in a mobile device simulator running on a PC or Mac computer.

All projects submitted must use the ArcGIS platform APIs in some way. Projects submitted that do not use ArcGIS developer technology are not eligible for judging and prizes.

All submissions must use only publicly released APIs, SDKs, software and services. Since the submissions are made to public github repositories, and our ultimate goal is to show your project off on a public facing website, we cannot accept submissions that use internally available and/or non-public components.

All submitting teams must be able to perform a 5-minute presentation of their solution. Teams may present in-person, or via videoconference if participating from a remote location.

All submissions must be completed on Devpost with all required attributes.

If any additional hardware is used it will not be considered in the judging. If additional hardware is required it is the team's responsibility to make it available to the judges during the judging period.

How to enter

In order to enter the hackathon teams must complete the following:

  • Complete the questionaire and get assigned to a team.
  • Attend the kick-off meeting on July 2 at 1:00 PM.
  • Please review and agree to the Official Rules.
  • Participants must meet the prerequisites.
  • Create your account (or login) here on Devpost.
  • One team member creates a project on Devpost and the other team members join that project.
  • Work with your team and craft your project idea.
  • Schedule office hours to review your project proposal and get final approval before July 25.
  • Project abstract is due by 4:00 PM Thursday, July 25.
  • Complete your project submission/description by the Team entry deadline of Thursday, July 25, at 4:00 PM PT here on DevPost.
  • Show up on Friday, July 26, at 5:00 PM and start hacking!
  • Hacking ends (code freeze) Sunday July 28 at 12:00 PM. Presentations take place Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.










Judging Criteria

  • Idea
    Quality and originality of the project concept - 20 points
  • Demo
    Quality and completeness of the project demo - 20 points
  • Difficulty
    Degree of difficulty of the project - 10 points
  • Execution
    Execution of the project solution - 10 points
  • Use of GIS
    Use of GIS in project - 10 points
  • Presentation
    Quality of presentation - 10 points


  • AR/VR
  • Machine Learning/ AI
  • IoT