The global cloud computing company, Salesforce, is all geared up for its annual event Dreamforce 2014 which gets underway in San Francisco next week. Prizes worth USD 1 million are at stake for the Hackathon which is scheduled to start on Friday (October 13th, 2014 sharp at 6 p.m. Pacific Time) and will continue through the weekend. It offers prizes in three separate categories for mobile app development.
First place teams will get USD 100,000 as prize, with the top team in each category would compete for USD 150,000 grand prize. The categories are Force.com mobile apps, Heroku mobile apps, and Force.com with Heroku mobile apps.
The event is considered to be the largest global software event arranged every year. Salesforce expect there will be around 135,000 people landing in Moscone Convention Centre for the event. In addition to that, 3 million people are expected to participate in the event online. Among these 135,000 attendees, 25,000 would be the competent participating in Hackathon.
Salesforce has been organizing the Dreamforce events for straight twelve years. This year it has been deciphered as the world largest software event ever. Moreover Salesforce has decided to make efforts to take the event on charitable grounds as well. The cloud computing company is making Dreamforce to encourage people to teach programming to children, collecting meals to feed people. Their efforts also include initiatives to help the experienced military persons to comeback to civilian life after passing out from military.
Many notable speakers will grace the stage this time, including Benioff- CEO of Dreamforce, musicians Neil Young and Will.I.Am, author and motivational speaker Anthony Robins, former VP Al Gore and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In addition to that, Code.org co-founder and angel investor Hadi Partovi will also be present. Industry giants such as Microsoft Windows marketing corporate VP Tony Prophet and Yelp chief executive Jeremy Stoppelman will be among the other notable attendees.
Hot Canadian wearables firms Thalmic Labs and Bionym will showcase their wearable wares on the show floor and Will.I.Am will also launch a new device in their speech at the event.
As per the statement of Marc Benioff, the chairman and chief executive officer of Salesforce “Dreamforce 2014 will focus on how mobile technologies, cloud-based computing, and social connectivity are set to develop over the future and how companies are leveraging these new technologies to forge new and better connections with their customers”.