ProtoHack - The Code Free Hackathon For Designers & Business People - Boston, MA

General Assembly Boston, Boston
Nov 21st 2015
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ProtoHack exists to show non-coders that they can create something amazing from nothing. We empower and enable the non-technical community with the tools, knowledge and connections that will help bring their idea to life and visually communicate it through prototyping.

How does it work?

No coding is required. Instead you will use prototyping tools, drag and drop editors, mockups, wireframes and anything else you can think of to VISUALLY demo your idea on stage. (We’ve put together the best tools for non-coders, so don’t fret if you’ve never prototyped.)

Although we encourage you to try some prototyping tools prior to attending ProtoHack, we will begin ProtoHack with optional educational workshops on how to use some of the top prototyping tools.

You can choose to prototype alone or form a team with other participants and decide on an idea together. Teams can be up to 5 people.

You will have 9 hours to produce a prototype. (Remember, you are creating a lean prototype of your idea and it doesn't need to be perfect. The focus should be on visually showing what the idea is.)

At the end, you or your team will present on stage to a panel of judges consisting of developers and investors to get feedback.  



Owen Johnson, Managing Director and C0-Founder of the top nationally ranked startup accelerator Betaspring, which has made 90 seed stage investments. 

Hannah Chung, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Sproutel, the creators of the internationally renowned and award winning Jerry the Bear personal healthcare robot for children with Type 1 Diabetes, Chronic Asthma and Food Allergies. She has been named a woman under 30 to watch in High tech by Forbes and won a national pitch competition judged by the legendary investor Warren Buffet.




Nadeem Mazen; Polymath, Design Thinker, Designer, Artist & Engineer. CEO of the Maker Space Danger!Awesome.

Julien L. Pham M.D., Nephrologist & Founder of Boston HealthIT startup RubiconMD and a global nomad ( his words - as he is French /Vietnamese).  


 Product Mentors:

Amos Epstein, CEO of clean tech startup TankUtility, which is in the Internet of Things space and a graduate of StartupNext Boston. 


Matt Bilotti, Product Manager at Drift, a respected Boston -based customer engagement and product design and innovation consultancy. 




Pitch Mentors:


Raffi Tchakmakjian, Co-Founder and CEO of fitness tech startup LIFTsession; Y - Combinator approved angel investor. 




Growth Hacker Mentor:


Irene Pylypenko, has run 17 hackathons as Director of Hacking Health, including the world's largest healthcare hackathon with 500 participants. 




Design Mentors: 

Stephen D. Roger, Product and Design Strategist at Intrepid Pursuits. 


Four Hewes - product & experience designer mentoring startups, institutions, events, teams, and enterprises create memorable experiences that people want. 



Looking for the Agenda? Click here

Interested in speaking at ProtoHack? Are you a non-technical founder or entrepreneur?  Learn more about ProtoHack and how to become our keynote speaker by emailing us at ProtoHack is a 501(c)(3) and cannot pay their speakers. 

What's in it for me?


ProtoHack will be a 12-hour experience where you will build a prototype that communicates an idea visually.

Learn how to effectively use industry leading tools to put together a prototype and visually communicate your idea.

Meet other like-minded people with various backgrounds in design, business, marketing, product management and more who are all excited and passionate about building something. 

Become a better product person with a deeper understanding of UX.

Exclusive access to over $200 in prototyping tools and sponsor related goodies.

We will also invite developers who are looking for new projects, to come and watch the presentations so they have a no-pressure opportunity to contact you if they’re interested in helping you actually code your prototype. 


Learn more about ProtoHack by visiting our website.



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