Announcing the $50,000 Ultrafast Cross Browser Hackathon

Advanced Topics — Published June 9, 2020

Ready For a Challenge?

If you are up for a challenge and enjoy learning new skills, join the world’s best quality engineers between now until June 30th to compete in the industry’s first next generation cross browser, cross device, and cross operating system hackathon. Focused on the use of Visual AI and Ultrafast Grid, this virtual event seeks to educate and upskill developers and test automation engineers all over the world. Test at incredible speeds, deliver higher quality software faster than ever, and earn a chance to win the $5,000 Diamond Prize.

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Over 500 Winners. $50,000 in Cash Prizes.

So long as you are among the first 5,000 to qualify, you are eligible to win one of 500 prizes worth over $5,000. That’s at least a 10% chance to win! Since this hackathon is about testing at incredible speeds, the first 500 to submit a qualifying submission also earn a $25 ultrafast submission prize. Even better, you become eligible for one of the 100 cash prizes listed below if our panel of expert judges determines your test suites did the best job of providing efficient coverage and catching all the bugs.

As of June 8, almost 2,000 people have signed up, and we have been receiving initial submissions. If you want to qualify for an ultrafast submission prize, you still have time.

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How Does the Hackathon Work?

Software developers, quality engineers, and QA professionals will compete for $50,000 in cash prizes. For those who qualify, you will be challenged to author cross browser and cross device tests against a real-world app using both your preferred legacy cloud testing solution and Applitools Ultrafast Grid powered by Visual AI. Contestants are free to use any major test framework, such as Cypress, Selenium, WebdriverIO, or TestCafe, and do so in their preferred language including Java, Javascript, Python, Ruby, or C#.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Apply here for access. Once you qualify, you will get access to the hackathon application, instructions on how to complete the challenge, and full access to Applitools Visual AI and Ultrafast Grid.
  2. Submit when you’re ready. The instructions will guide you. We expect most submissions to take 4 to 6 hours to complete. There is plenty of help to get it done if you need it!
  3. Your submission will be judged by a panel of experts. Those submissions that do the best job of catching all the bugs and doing so in the most efficient way possible will win.
  4. All submissions are due by June 30th, 2020 at 11.59pm PT. No exceptions!
  5. Winners will be announced no later than August 1st, 2020

That’s it! So why wait? Get started today.

The Next Generation of Cross Browser Testing is Ultrafast.

Our hackathons were created to make a point. There is a better way to automate your testing. Browsers do not suffer from the same executional bugs that plagued them five, 10, or 20 years ago. What does create problems, lots of problems, is the rendering of the application across various viewports and screens. This reality means amajor shift in how you need to test, and you will learn and see for yourself what we mean by competing.

In the Ultrafast Cross Browser Testing Hackathon, even more valuable than the prizes you might win, is the learning you will gain from competing. If you take on this challenge, you will learn how next generation cross browser testing works. If you want a quick summary — read this this blog post on next generation cross browser testing. 

We’ve Done This Before. The Visual AI Rockstar Hackathon.

In November 2019, the Visual AI Rockstar Hackathon was a huge success. Almost 3,000 quality engineers participated and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Here is what some of our winners had to say about their experience:

VisualAI Impact Three Quotes from previous hackathon winners

We expect this one to be even bigger, so what’s stopping you?

Take The Challenge

Why participate in the Applitools Cross Browser Testing Hackathon?

First, you will learn new skills. You get hands-on experience seeing how easily you can run tests once and evaluating behavior across the browsers that matter to your customers.

Second, you experience a new way of running application validation. If you have your own multi-browser lab today, or if you use a third-party service that requires multiple tests run on multiple setups in parallel, you can see the difference in running the Applitools Ultrafast grid in comparison. And, if you have not considered running tests across multiple browsers – due to cost or complexity – you can reevaluate your decision.

Finally, you can win prizes and bragging rights as a hackathon winner. To show the world, we will proudly display your name on our website. Your success will demonstrate your engineering acumen to your peers and anyone else that matters to you.

Your opportunity to learn something new and stand out in a crowd awaits. Sign up now.

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