May 25th-26th, 2016
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, Phoenix, AZ
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One of our exciting new innovations for 2016 is the WHD.hackathon. This event one was of the most often requested additions and we launched it for the first time this year at The event was a great success and we are bringing it to WHD.usa 2016. You can get a sense of the fun and high profile of this event by watching the recognition ceremony from the last WHD.hackathon at

Open Source

Encourage service providers, ISVs, open source communities, and freelance developers to collaborate.


Create real value by building real-world solutions.


Provide an opportunity for front-line, “in the trenches” developers and administrators to become more involved in an exciting, fun, and productive way.

The event will begin on day one of WHD.usa on site at the conference hotel. WHD technology partners and service providers will bring real needs to the table, and competing teams will have a chance to develop real solutions in a two-day, timed coding session. The teams’ accomplishments will be recognized in a main.FORUM session on March 26th.

We want to stress that this will be a real, friendly competition to create solutions that fill an actual need. Things like new industry-standard plugins or add-ons, API integrations to major existing industry Registrations, and other solutions that will bring real value, efficiency, and credibility to the people and companies that make the internet work every day.


WHD.hackathon partners will submit projects for the development teams to work on during the event and provide one engineer and/or senior developer on site to answer questions and guidance to the development teams.


Development of a cPanel Extension which can backup customer's websites and databases to Acronis Backup Cloud


Plesk Cloud Storage Integration


Plesk Extension for HTTP/2 and SSL for all domains


Automatically create a native mobile app and an online storefront for cafes and restaurants that do not currently have a web or mobile presence


Migrate email to your cPanel server


(Subject to Change)

Day 1 – May 25th

Time Topic Description
9:00 amWelcomeA warm welcome to all participants and an introduction of the rules and objectives of the event.
9:15 amIntroductionsThe participants introduce themselves to other participants.
9:45 amPresentation of Hackathon projectsThe participating vendors introduce themselves and present the projects that will be worked on. Then additional project ideas will be collected from the group. The most promising projects will be selected for inclusion by a majority vote.
10:30 amBreak
11:00 amDevelopment SelectionTeams choose the project that they are interested in solving and immediately get to work.
1:00 pmLunch ServedTeams allowed to work through lunch if they choose.
2:00 pmDevelopment Time
7:00 pmDinner ServedPizza and beer in the workshop room to keep the teams working if they choose to.

Day 2 – May 26th

Time Topic Description
9:00 amWelcomeWelcome and recap of Day 1.
9:15 amDevelopment Time
1:00 pmLunch ServedTeams allowed to work through lunch if they choose.
2:00 pmProject SubmissionThe teams submit their finished projects to the panel of experts for review.
5:40 pmClosingProjects, ISVs, and Teams recognized at main.FORUM ceremony.


What Kinds of Skills Will Participating Teams Need?

Today’s industry coders are a diverse group, often trained in a wide variety of skill sets. If you are writing code to streamline, automating, or hosting integrate systems—or if you are writing in-house software solutions from the ground up—then you are probably the kind of person that would fit right in. That said, some skills that might be beneficial include:

  • Solid knowledge in one or more programming languages (e.g. Perl, Python, C, JavaScript, PHP, Bash, Go).
  • A general understanding of the technical basics in the webhosting industry (e.g., common API services, network protocols).
  • Experience with version control systems (e.g., Git, SVN, CVS).

What’s Included and How to Register

Development teams should have four or five members each—one lead developer/project architect and three to four team members.

  • Developers coming from outside the Phoenix Metropolitan Area will receive airfares* and three nights’ accommodations at either the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort or Casino Hotel starting the night before the event — May 24th, 25th, and 26th
  • Developers based in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area will be upgraded to VIP attendee status
  • All food and drinks during the Hackathon – May 25th and 26th
  • Promotional gifts and perks provided by Hackathon partners
  • The Hackathon is not a competition with ”winning projects“. Everyone who participates is a winner :-).
*Domestic economy-class airfares only.