Last weekend the Dropbox platform team was at HackZurich, Europe’s largest student hackathon. With over 450 participants representing dozens of countries, HackZurich was a great place for us to meet new developers and see what they could build. There were many teams that used the Dropbox API; here are four that really stood out. 

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Dropbox at Hack the North

This weekend, Leah and I were at the University of Waterloo sponsoring the student hackathon, Hack the North. We met students who flew in from across the continent, gave a talk on using the Dropbox API, and awarded a prize for the best use of the Dropbox API.

Thanks to all the students who hacked on the Dropbox API this weekend. Our API prize winner was FedUp, an Android app and website that protects its users during police encounters. The winning team met during summer internships in San Francisco and applied to Hack the North together.

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Join us at Summer Hack Day, a hackathon for women interns

This summer, Dropbox is hosting Summer Hack Day, a hackathon for women who are interning in the Bay Area. Come join us June 26th – 27th, and be a part of the most delightfully refreshing hackathon of the summer.

Apply now at summerhackday.com.


There will be delicious food and awesome prizes, and we’ll also have mentors from Dropbox to help the teams with their hacks, and industry representatives who will be speaking and judging. Applications close on Thursday, June 11th at 6:00 pm PDT,

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VidComb and Dropbox at Video Hack Day

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending Video Hack Day in New York City as Dropbox’s sponsor representative. It was hosted at General Assembly and organized by Ziggeo. Given that video is quickly becoming the content type of choice when it comes to communication, especially for the digital generation, it’s no surprise that this event was buzzing with energy from hackers — all eager to make something awesome.

After hacking all day, participants demoed their projects on Saturday night. There were hacks that aimed to make life easier for the visually impaired,

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The Next Web Hack Battle Dropbox API winners

Last week I traveled to Amsterdam for The Next Web Europe conference and Hack Battle hackathon. Dropbox sponsored the Hack Battle and awarded a prize for the most creative use of the Dropbox API.

The winner of the Dropbox prize was Paratrooper, an app for sharing photos from a particular location. The members of the winning team were all from the Netherlands: Jan Deelstra, Tom de Vries, Luuk Hartsema, and Lars Bekkema. The winning team’s day job is at HackerOne,

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Droplock, a Dropbox hack, wins BattleHack LA!

I spent the weekend at BattleHack LA, a hackathon put on by Braintree, and I had a great time working with a number of teams who integrated Dropbox into their projects. From car alarms to auctions to a tool that helps blind people run, I saw a lot of interesting Dropbox integrations. The team I ultimately chose to win the Dropbox category was Droplock: a tool that helps you when someone steals your laptop.

The Droplock team is depicted above. From left to right: Israel Torres, Brandon Whitney,

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