2013 is the first year the conference will be hosting a Hackathon alongside the main tracks and late into Friday night. There will be prizes awarded throughout the Hackathon for the most innovative hacks and the winner will get two free tickets to next year’s conference, Raspberry Pis, AeroPress coffee presses, Pusher plans, Twilio credit and more. Plus, the opportunity to present their hack on the main stage after the final keynote panel to all the delegates.

This year's Hackthon is sponsored by Pusher and Twilio.

Pusher & Twilio

Realtime Communications Hackathon

The Web is now much more than a static set of entities representing unchanging information. It's now our main communication platform with the ability to integrate realtime messaging, voice, video and much more.

For this hackathon we want to see the web used as a true realtime communication platform. By using your PHP skills along with Pusher and Twilio's awesome APIs we can't wait to see what you build.

The Hackathon will consists of a main hack on Friday night with demos and the main prize awarded on Saturday.

Hack & Chill

We encourage you to use the space for hacking on your own projects - you don't have to take part in the main hackaton. If you happen to build something cool with Pusher and/or Twilio at any point during the conference there are prizes to be won. More information below.


The hackerspace will be open and available for general hacking between 09:30 on Friday 22nd and 16:30 on Saturday 23rd.

Whilst we encourage you to enter the main hackathon you are free to use the space to chill and hack on your own projects. Please do have a chat with the guys from Pusher and Twilio.

Friday 22nd February

  • 10:30 - Hackspace opens for general hacking
  • 18:00 - Main Realtime Communications hack will commence including API talks from Pusher and Twilio and hack submissions can begin. Use this time to get access to the folks from Pusher and Twilio.
  • 20:30 - Nom, Nom.
  • 23:00 Hackspace closes for the night.

Saturday 23rd February

  • 09:30 - Hackspace opens for continued hacking.
  • 11:30 - Realtime communications hack submissions deadline. Ensure you have created your project in Hacker League.
  • 12:40 - Each team that has entered will get to demo their hack. How much time will depend on how many teams have entered.

The backspace will remain open for general hacking and chilling until 16:30.

Entry rules

  • The winning entry must use both Pusher and Twilio's APIs
  • The hack must have been built during PHP Conference 2013
  • In order to enter the hackathon and be eligible to win you must register your team and hack with Hacker League and present your demo on Saturday 22nd February in the hack space.
  • We reserve the right to make other reasonable entry rules without notice (just in case we've forgotten anything obvious above)


Realtime Communications Hack Prize

The winning team of the main hackathon will receive:

  • 2 tickets to PHP Conference 2014
  • Each team member will receive 6 months Startup plan access to Pusher
  • Each team member will receive a Raspberry Pi from Twilio
  • Each team member will receive an AeroPress from Pusher
  • 1 month free on the 3-month or 6-month subscription to Bean & Ground Coffee

Anytime Prizes

We want to make the hack space comfortable so that if you can use the space for hacking on your own projects. We want to encourage you to do this. However, if you build any kind of mini-hack with Pusher or Twilio please let us know as there are additional prizes to be won for building anything that we think is cool or useful.

These prizes include:

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Pusher credit
  • Twilio credit
  • General swag
  • 1 month free on the 3-month or 6-month subscription to Bean & Ground Coffee
  • Other prizes that we haven't yet bought or thought about