PubNub API/SDK Challenge: Civic Hack


PubNub API/ SDK Challenge: Civic Hack Create an application that benefits your local government or community.  It can be a mobile app, IOT or Web Application. Complete details of our PubNub Challenge, Prize Details and form to Register: Use Cases: * Grafitti Tracker - Capture image and use AI via PubNub BLOCKS to train and recognize tags from specific offenders.  * Rideshare for Kids of single parent - A kid is sick and school and needs to be taken home, this app helps them contact a friend in the neighborhood who is available to take the kid home. * Cat tracker: take a photo of a stray cat, add location, address, weather info, visualize it on a realtime map * Democracy Now: help people organize political demonstrations across geographic and language barriers.

Challenge Type

On-Site Hackathon


$1000 CASH Prize plus 12 Months of PubNub Starter Tier Service*** to launch your awesome idea.

***PubNub Starter Tier Service Plan Prize Details:
Prize includes 12 Months of PubNub Starter Tier Service Plan base service. This includes up to 500 Devices, 2M Messages and 1M BLOCKS executions. This is $588.00 ($49 per month X 12 months ) value prize credit to be awarded to ONE activated Starter Tier Account. Account must be activated within 6 months.

Team Registration and Prize details:

Projects solving this challenge

Hello World!

Google Slides (internal): VR Mockup Flock Unity

RT Map

Real time map to improve the world. Anybody can post a news, events, crime, party, anything you can image. All based on hashtags i.e. #event, #crime, #news, #party. Messages older than 5 minutes will be removed. There's stream button that user can press to see the events posted. For "Event", there should be a "uber" button For "Products", there should be a "buy" and "contact" button using Flowroute

Hidden Messages

Find and create hidden messages in the space ;)

School Student Management Project

We have developed a School Student Management Project using PubNub and NetApp. We use PubNub to handle Amazon Alexa voice control. Then upload the Data to cloud on NetApp. School Student Management is a powerful application for school daily management, it makes school management simpler. It can also integrate with Data Analysis and data mining tools. With big data service in the cloud, it provides detail student analysis reports and trends and it significantly improves student management.


Allows government representatives to communicate with the people


CitySnap empowers citizens to send photo reports and help make San Francisco a better city. Reports of lost cats or graffiti tags are sent from an iOS application and received in real-time on a web portal using PubNub services. The data is persisted using NetApp storage, and database snapshots can be instantly mounted via API calls to the NetApp ONTAP Cloud to inspect how the data set has changed over time.


Integrate 1000s of iot devices to our intelligent automation and e-commerce platform on web and mobile.


We created a multi-lingual platform to help citizens find out more about their rights or file rights violations. Our platform has a language auto-detection feature and responds to you in your native language. Also, we create a back-end service desk to help teams collaborate in finding answers to these requests in real time.

Pala Saves

Create sensor to keep parents from forgetting their babies in a hot car.


SHELTR provides information about services to the people who need them most, the homeless. A technical solution that reaches out to those who may have limited access to technology. SHELTR uses PubNub BLOCKS to collect, filter, and package data so that it is relevant and actionable then uses PubNub's publish and subscribe SDK to share information in real time to public forums and mobile devices.

WeThePeople Commons

WeThePeople Commons is a open platform dedicated to matching social good organizations in need with skilled volunteers. Our vision is to help to connect causes who are in need of tech related help such as website and apps with developers who have the matching skills. We are living in a time that our liberties are under unprecedented challenge. With so many recent grass root initiatives and many concerned developers who wants to contribute, we provide a direct channel for both sides to connect.


Wearable Button to communicate over Infrared, sharing contact information at tech conferences and hackathons!


In a time of increased civic engagement Persist aims to be your one-stop-shop for sharing the positive change you'd like to see in the world with those who've been elected to represent your interests. It is time let those we've put in power know how we feel. Show politicians from all levels from citywide all the way up to the president what you want, and the way you'd like them to vote.


SplitHome is an innovative way to allow struggling home owners to keep their homes during periods of financial distress. 25% of American homeowners are worried about making their mortgage payment, and foreclosures are one of the largest sources of personal financial loss next to bankruptcy. Split Level allows outside investors to make the equity payments of struggling home owners at an attractive return of 15-25% (depending on the appreciation of the home since it was purchased).


Video chat with random people in specific locations to get an inside point of view on major events remotely.

Organizations hosting challenge

Button App

Application sharing contact info through Infared wearables for tech conferences and hackathons!


Realtime Apps Made Simple APIs for developers building secure realtime Mobile, Web, and IoT Applications Realtime Apps Made Serverless PubNub BLOCKS is a feature of the PubNub Data Stream Network that makes the network programmable. It allows developers to easily deploy functions on the PubNub network to modify messages without the need for developers to manage their own infrastructure.

Events specific to challenge

DeveloperWeek 2017 Hackathon

The DeveloperWeek Hackathon invites 600+ hackers to compete for $100,000+ in products and services at the official kick-off to DeveloperWeek!

Technologies specific to this challenge

The PubNub Data Stream Network connects 15 globally redundant points of presence into a single network capable of handling hundreds of millions of simultaneous device connections and relaying trillions of messages. The Data Stream Network architecture was built as a network – not as a single PoP “cloud” solution – allowing PubNub to deliver unmatched speed, reliability, and scalability.

Serverless compute for building and scaling realtime applications. * Program the Network - build features in a fraction of the time with code that runs inside the network. *Serverless Architecture deployment and scaling all handled for you. *Integrated Key/Value Store reduces latency. *Effortless Scaling Run app logic in the network instead. * Zero Added Latency Fewer hops