The FourSquare Hackathon: Be There or Be Square

By Conor Rushby |

There’s never a quiet weekend in Berlin for hackers. Following the success of the LinkedIn hackathon, now its the turn of  FourSquare. Its hackathon, however, is taking place on a global stage, with participants being given the chance to hack FourSquare itself through the use of its connected apps platform.

In conjunction with the two main venues in San Francisco and New York, the Berlin edition will be taking place at the offices of Moped, whose messaging service makes use of the FourSquare API.

The apps created during the hackathon will be made available to the 20 million or so people who use FourSquare. Last year one of the winning teams – Near – had their hack running on a giant screen in Times Square. There will be undisclosed prizes for the best four teams, while there is also a title belt up for grabs.

Hacks will be judged on functionality – Plan your next trip of Paris took home the grand prize last year with an app to personalise your two-day itinerary for your next travel destination.

Moped, the Berlin-based real time messaging service, who revealed this summer a $1 million financing round, is hosting the event. Founder Schuyler Deerman said: “We’re big fans of Foursquare and user their API ourselves. We wanted to give something back, and hosting this event seemed like the ideal thing to do.”

There has been a lot of hack events recently, showcasing the city’s talent. Last week Klappd took home the LinkedIn prize for best hack. Users can connect with companies on LinkedIn and Twitter by scanning their logo in order to find instant access to news and job offers.

The FourSquare event is at Seelower Strasse 5, from 10am. On the second day Moped is closed, but hackers can still work on projects at home, up til the deadline of 23.59 pm on Sunday.