XD HAX Developer Challenge 2017

YOUR CHALLENGE

Build awesome innovative apps utilising cloud technologies to benefit small businesses around the globe.

WHAT TYPE OF APP SHOULD I BUILD?

There are no limits to what you can build for HAX, think outside the square and get as innovative as you like.  

Our categories are

  • Best NEW App integration
  • Best enhancement of an existing App integration
  • Most Innovative use of Xero’s APIs
  • Best New Open Source Project with Xero’s API 

NEW INTEGRATIONS

Have a cloud application you want integrated with Xero? HAX is your chance to build that integration. This category is for companies looking to reach Xero's 1 million users by building a bridge between Xero's products and theirs. Win an opportunity to exhibit in Startup Alley at a Xerocon of your choice in 2018 (worth $5000) and a highly sought after sit down workshop with the Xero team.

Looking for inspiration ….

  • Are your customers already asking you to integrate with Xero?  Here’s your chance to challenge your team and make your customers happy.
  • Don’t have a small business app? Look for integration requests from our Community - i.e.  Nutshell CRM , ZouraDwolla
  • Look to build a new SMB app - target verticals with desktop solutions that need disruption - think “Cloud Apps for Craft Brewers, Veterinarians, Family Entertainment Centers or Funeral Homes”

ENHANCEMENT TO EXISTING INTEGRATION

Have a cloud application that is already integrated with Xero and listed on our app marketplace? Then this category is for you. We are looking for apps that have been revamped, utilising latest standards, using our recommended solutions and are using our API in the most efficient way. Extra points for enhancements or improvements that address customers feedback.

Looking for inspiration?

  • Look at your support ticket queue for feature requests
  • Xero Marketplace reviews and contain great suggestions
  • Ask your customers - via survey - How can we make our Xero integration more awesome.

MOST INNOVATIVE USE OF XERO’S API

This one is for all the hackers out there!  Let your imagination run wild.  Creativity trumps polish in this category.  We are looking for apps/hacks that fuse Xero’s API with hardware (think IoT). Mashup Xero with other interesting APIs.  Look at the AWS technology stack for inspiration and don’t forget our robot overlords - no idea is too out there.  

Looking for inspiration?

  • Flow Labs hacked a Pepsi Machine and explained how on this blog.
  • HeyXero was built during an internal Xero hackathon.
  • Voice enabled devices are all the rage - how might that interaction model lend itself to accounting tasks?

BEST NEW OPEN SOURCE PROJECT WITH XERO’S API

People say “sharing is caring” and this category is all about giving back to the developer community.  If you’ve hacked a cool solution using Xero’s API and have been meaning to abstract it and share with others - now is the time.  We’ll want to check out what you’ve built, so a solid README along with your Github repo will be crucial. Keep in mind, only new open source projects posted to Github will be eligible.

Looking for inspiration?

  • No SDK for your favorite language (Clojure, Erlang, Rust, Scala, Lua, etc)
  • A Sample App to complement our existing SDKs (Ruby, PHP, Python, etc)
  • UI Widgets to speed up App development with Xero’s API.

 WHY SHOULD I JOIN XD17 HAX?

Make an impact, learn something new and have fun.

You have an opportunity to make an impact on how small businesses and accountants around the world power the economy. Many of our customers use apps and soon they could be using yours! Here are a few apps that are already listed on the Xero app marketplace.

All eligible developers that sign up for HAX will receive $500 in AWS credits via the AWS Activate Programme, to enable them get started with their app project. Developers who have received AWS credits in the past through our AWS Activate program will not be eligible and all credits are subject to validation by AWS. All developers that successfully build and submit their app will win exclusive Xero swag. If you win, your app will be featured on the XeroDevBlog, Xero Blog, Xero Developer TV. You'll also win other prizes, including:

BEST NEW INTEGRATION

  • An opportunity to exhibit in Startup Alley at a Xerocon of your choice in 2018 (approximate $5000 value) 
  • Workshop with the Xero team
  • $5000 in AWS credits
  • Featured in Xero’s Marketplace.
  • Featured on Xero’s DevBlog
  • Featured on Xero.com Blog
  • Featured on Xero DevTV

  BEST ENHANCEMENT TO EXISTING INTEGRATION

  • $5000 in AWS credits
  • Featured on Xero’s DevBlog
  • Featured on Xero.com Blog
  • Featured on Xero DevTV

 MOST INNOVATIVE USE OF XERO’S API

  • $5000 in AWS credits
  • $2,500 cash
  • Featured on Xero’s DevBlog
  • Featured on Xero.com Blog
  • Featured on Xero DevTV

 BEST NEW OPEN SOURCE PROJECT WITH XERO’S API

  • $5000 in AWS credits
  • $1,000 cash
  • Featured on Xero’s DevBlog
  • Featured on Xero.com Blog
  • Featured on Xero DevTV

 Special thanks Amazon for providing these AWS credits to HAX participants and winners.

 For more info about HAX check out the FAQ

View full rules

Eligibility

Please read the full rules for eligibility

Requirements

Please read the full rules for submission requirements

 

How to enter

  1. Register for HAX on DevPost by clicking 'Enter a submission' at the top of this page
  2. Fill out this form to receive your AWS credit. You'll receive your credits within 2 weeks.
  3. Build an awesome app. Check out our developer center to get started
  4. Create your submission on DevPost with:
    1. Your app's name
    2. Your Xero App name (from app.xero.com)
    3. Github Repo for Open source projects
    4. URL to login or download your app
    5. Username/Password if we can’t create our own account
    6. Banner image for your app via the image uploader
    7. Video of your App and Xero integration (optional)

RESOURCES

  1. Getting Started
  2. API Docs
  3. SDKS
  4. AWS Blueprints
  5. Community Forums

 

Judges

Nick Houldsworth

Nick Houldsworth
GM Ecosystem, Xero Ltd

Sid Maestre

Sid Maestre
Lead Developer Evangelist, Xero Ltd

Nick Green
Technical Group Lead, Xero Ltd

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Richard Busby
Solution Architect, AWS

Jordan Walsh

Jordan Walsh
Snr Developer Evangelist, Xero

Judging Criteria

  • Usefulness
    Is your app solving a real problem customer's have?
  • Innovation
    Is your app creative and unique given the other apps in the market?
  • Quality
    Does the app function as expected? Is it free of bugs?
  • Design
    Is the UI intuitive and in compliance with Xero UI? Is the listing informative including useful screenshots?