DocuSign’s annual conference, called Momentum, took place from May 3-4, 2017 in San Francisco. Not only did DocuSign engineers, plus esteemed customers and partners present in more than 30 sessions on a variety of topics, but the star of the show was our hackathon, sponsored by Google Cloud.

The purpose of the hackathon was to bring more than 400 registered hackers together to rapidly solve specific challenges using DocuSign technologies. These challenges ranged from those combining Google Cloud and DocuSign, to ones using our new Payments API, to a very special challenge designed to benefit Techbridge Girls. Techbridge inspires girls to discover a passion for science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM). Since 2000, Techbridge has helped more than 4,000 girls in grades 5-12 in the San Francisco Bay area. Through hands-on learning, Techbridge Girls empower the next generation of innovators and leaders.

Here is Aaron Liao, DocuSign’s Director of Developer Evangelism, pictured with leaders from Techbridge Girls as well as local middle school girls who participate in their program and attended the hackathon:

With more than $10,000 in prizes (including a Google Home device for each winning team member) and only 24 hours to code, hackers sought to solve their choice of these designated challenges:

  • Google + DocuSign – Better Together:
    This challenge is to build the best Google Cloud Platform app that integrates DocuSign. The winning team receives $1,000 in cash.
  • Techbridge Girls Hack-For-Good:
    This challenge is to create an end-to-end paperless solution for Techbridge Girls using any combination of eSignatures, Mobile, Sign & Pay, and DocuSign for Salesforce (DFS). The winning team receives $1,500 in cash.
  • Best implementation of DocuSign Sign & Pay:
    This challenge is to build the best project that integrates DocuSign’s new Sign & Pay feature. The winning team receives $1,000 in cash.
  • Best implementation of DocuSign on Mobile:
    This challenge is to create the best mobile app that integrates DocuSign eSignatures. The winning team receives $1,000 in cash.

We also awarded a “best in show” to the top hackathon project that demonstrates the most clever use of technology to solve any of the challenges listed above. The winning team receives $2,500 in cash.

Hackers, Hackers, Everywhere

On the first day of the hackathon, Aaron Liao outlined the rules of engagement for the hackers. He also outlined the challenges, prizes, and pointed out the DocuSign and Google engineers in the room who were available to help. Immediately following the opening keynote, hackers formed teams, grabbed a table, and started coding:

Since we’re is not new to the hackathon game, we know that a fed hacker is a happy hacker:

The Judges

The judges were tasked with applying the following criteria to each project:

  • Innovative – Is the project a new approach and clever implementation for how a paper process can be eliminated?
  • Completeness – Does the project compile and is it functional?
  • Technically Impressive – Is the solution well-engineered for the chosen problem?
  • Well-Designed – Is the hack intuitive to use?

The judges carefully considered all entries as teams presented their projects, compiling notes on each. After all hackathon teams presented their projects, the judges debated their findings in cramped quarters, as shown here:

Our panel was comprised of these esteemed judges:

Nikole Collins-Puri CEO, Techbridge Girls
Callista Chen Executive Director, Techbridge Girls
Adam Massey Director, Strategic Technology Partnerships, Google Cloud
Robert Kapanen Strategic Technology Partnerships, Google Cloud
Tom Casey SVP Engineering, DocuSign
Grant Peterson SVP Engineering, DocuSign
Robin Ducot SVP Product Engineering, DocuSign
Marie Huwe VP Developer Marketing, DocuSign
Aaron Liao Director, Developer Evangelism, DocuSign

The Winners

It’s always inspiring to see the amazing creativity of the hackers at our hackathons. The teams are not always motivated by the prizes, but instead they love to learn about new technologies and create real solutions to solve real problems. Some of the hackers even stayed up all night. In addition to cash prizes awarded in each challenge category, members of each winning team received a Google Home, sponsored by Google Cloud.

DocuLock – Best in Show

DocuLock was the “Best in Show” winner of $2,500 with a solution that used the DocuSign API, Google Cloud and Google Drive to securely store sensitive files and personal data, such as IDs, bank statements, pay stubs, and more. The DocuLock team was comprised of these two members:

The technologies used by DocuLock are:

  • Python
  • Django
  • Node.js
  • Angular
  • DocuSign API
  • Google Cloud
  • Google Drive API
  • GMail

Techbridge 2.0 – Techbridge Girls Hack-for-Good Challenge

Having a one-year-old daughter, Sonny Tosco on team Techbridge 2.0 was inspired by the Techbridge Girls story and mission. The inspiration paid off because they won $1,500 for their solution to aid Techbridge Girls. The team built a web app in MEAN that provides parents and volunteers the ability to go paperless with required forms from Salesforce, saving Techbridge Girls time over manual data entry (one of their main pain-points). The four-person team was comprised of these members:

Techbridge 2.0’s solution used these technologies:

  • DocuSign API
  • MEAN
  • Typeform
  • Zapier
  • Salesforce

FUPS – Best implementation of Mobile

FUPS won $1,000 for acing the mobile challenge. As the sole team member of FUPS, Michael Leung was tired of missing package deliveries at his home because he was not available to sign when the driver arrived. FUPS enables users to remotely sign for packages so the driver can leave them at a vacant home.

FUPS used these technologies:

  • React Native
  • DocuSign API

charit-E – Best implementation of DocuSign Sign & Pay

Charit-E won $1,000 for the DocuSign Sign & Pay challenge. Charit-E’s single team member, Nick Perez, came up with an idea to enable the public to contribute to charitable causes. Charit-E’s app enables users to select a charity, electronically sign a contribution form, and make a payment to the charity at the same time.

Charit-E’s app used these technologies:

  • Ruby on Rails
  • DocuSign eSignature API
  • DocuSign Payments API
  • Stripe

G Suite-Sign Event Organizer

G Suite-Sign Event Organizer won $1,000 for the Google + DocuSign challenge. G Suite-Sign Event Organizer is an integration between Google G-Suite and DocuSign to make the form signing process easy. After an event organizer creates a Google Form, participants of the event can sign-in and confirm the event. The event organizer will be able to see the attendee list and click the G Suite-Sign button to call the DocuSign API to initiate a DocuSign template to submit to the event participants.

The two G SuiteSign Event Organizer team members were:

The G Suite-Sign Event Organizer app used these technologies:

  • G-Suite
  • Google Cloud
  • DocuSign API

Bridging the Techbridge

To help Techbridge Girls succeed in their mission, during the hackathon award ceremony, DocuSign CEO, Dan Springer, showed how to use DocuSign Payments. He surprised the audience by making a donation of $5,000 to Techbridge Girls and then matching it out of his own pocket. Here is Dan making the donation live:

In Case You Missed Momentum

If you couldn’t attend Momentum this year, it’s too late to start hacking, but it’s not too late to review presentation materials for the developer track here. If you are new to the DocuSign eSignature API, you can try it for yourself with a free sandbox by visiting our Developer Center.