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Betable Hackathon 2.0: Disrupt Gambling and Gaming




Disrupt Gambling and Gaming

Create the next generation of real-money games with Betable!

Betable is the first platform that lets developers legally create real-money gambling games and apps without getting their own license. We're breaking down the barriers between industries, giving game developers the ability to make classic real-money casino games or something totally new. Join us as we hack to revolutionize gambling and gaming!

Our last hackathon was a huge success, and we're going to take what we've learned and make this event even better. And hey, if you win, you never know: you could be in the papers someday!

Look forward to seeing you there!



Saturday, April 27th, 2013

9 a.m. - Registration

10:00 a.m. - Opening Remarks - Chris Griffin, Founder & CEO

10:15 a.m. - Betable Walkthrough & Demo - Stefano Bernardi, Head of Customer Development

10:30 a.m. - Form Teams, Grab Lunch & Start Hacking!

01:00 p.m. - Workshop: Building a casino game with Betable

01:30 p.m. - Workshop: Casino game design

06:00 p.m. - Dinner & Happy Hour

12:00 a.m. - Parisoma Closes, Hacking Continues


Sunday, April 28th, 2013

9:00 a.m. - Breakfast

12:00 p.m. - Lunch

4:00 p.m. - Pitches / presentations

6:00 p.m. - Judging / happy hour for participants

6:30 p.m. - Awards Ceremony



Building a new real-money game concept with Betable

1:00pm, Saturday, March 16th || Stefano Bernardi, Head of Customer Development, Betable

Trying to think outside the box and build the next hit gambling game? You're in luck: Betable can do that too. Immediately following his casino game demo, Stefano will walk you through how you can use Betable to incorporate real-money into any game type.


Casino game design

1:30pm, Saturday, March 16th || Carey DiJulio, VP & GM of Casino, Big Fish Games

If you're building a casino game, you need to attend this session by Big Fish Casino's Carey DiJulio. She will teach you how to design your casino game to onboard players from virtual currency to real money, maximize engagement and retention using win percentage, return-to-player, and marketing hooks.



Grand Prize

Team Trip to Las Vegas!

$10,000 in Betable Credit

$5,000 in Aarki Distribution Credit

10,000 Free Installs from Tapjoy


Second Prize

$5,000 in Betable Credit

iPad Mini per team member


Third Prize

$2,500 in Betable Credit

Jawbone UP per team member


Most Unique Implementation

$1,000 in Betable Credit

Jawbone UP per team member


Most Disruptive

$1,000 in Betable Credit

Jawbone UP per team member


Best HTML5 Game





Sponsored by Ludei

iPad Mini per team member


Best Corona SDK Game




Sponsored by Corona Labs

Corona SDK Pro Subscription per team member ($349 value)


**Note: All prizes are limited to 4 instances of that prize (ie four iPad Minis), so a team of 4 or less is highly recommended.**










Christopher Griffin - Founder & CEO of Betable

Christopher Griffin is currently the Founder & CEO of Betable, a revolutionary platform that gives game developers the ability to legally integrate real-money gambling and betting into their games. He is responsible for Betable’s vision, management, execution, and product roadmap.

In addition, Chris is an entrepreneur, experienced fund raiser and startup advisor with proven success working with early and mid stage companies. His work with those companies has led to the creation of hundreds of millions of dollars of value. Prior to founding Betable, Chris was a venture capitalist focused on making investments in the medical device industry.








Carey DiJulio - VP & GM of Casino, Big Fish Games

Carey DiJulio joined Big Fish in 2009, and has quickly worked her way up from Product Manager to VP and General Manager of Casino. During this time she helped to scale the company’s iOS business to become one of the top 10 grossing developers on iPad. In her current role, Carey oversees Big Fish Casino, the top grossing multi-player casino on iOS, including managing the brand’s expansion onto new platforms, and introducing a real-money betting option for Big Fish Casino players in the UK. She also leads Self Aware Games, Big Fish’s game development studio in Oakland, CA.











Ya-Bing Chu - Chief Product Officer, Betable

Ya-Bing Chu is currently at Chief Product Officer at Betable, where he oversees Betable's product development and direction. Ya-Bing was most recently a Vice President and General Manager in Zynga's Mobile Division.  There, he was responsible for operating the massively popular games, Words with Friends and Scramble with Friends.  Before working on With Friends titles, he worked on Zynga Poker, Farmville, Petville, and  His work experience stretches back through Microsoft, working on the first versions of Xbox Live, and Yahoo! Search, working on social search integrations, classification technologies, and rich media integrations.










Walter Luh - CEO & Founder, Corona Labs

Walter Luh is CEO of Palo Alto-based Corona Labs and the creator of Corona SDK, the company's flagship product. Used by over 200,000 developers and designers worldwide, Corona SDK is the leading platform for mobile app and game development. In a previous life, Walter was Lead Architect for Adobe Flash Lite, a mobile runtime that has shipped on over a billion devices. During that time, he led the engineering team, pioneered advanced mobile graphics, and jump-started key strategic relationships. Prior to Flash, Walter shipped several industry-standard products for creative professionals including Adobe Illustrator and Apple’s Final Cut Pro. Walter holds an undergraduate degree in Physics from Swarthmore College, and master’s in Computer Science from Stanford University.


Previous Winners

Grand Prize - Real-Money Carnival Games

The Miranda Brothers' Carnival Games app took top prize at the last Betable Hackathon. Carnival Games cleverly repurposed Betable's slot machine API to facilitate real-money wagers on a classic carnival crane game. By winning the Grand Prize, Edgar & Cesar have shown that even a small team can compete in the gambling industry when they utilize Betable's platform. Not only is their game going live soon for real money, but the Miranda Brothers' game and story received attention from the New York Times! Congrats Edgar and Cesar!


Second Prize - Big Fish Aquarium

Mario Izquierdo, Victor Mendiluce, and Kyle grabbed second prize with their Fishville-style Big Fish Aquarium game. They adapted our real-money platform to fit right into the gameplay: you pay (buy in) for each fish egg, and it has a chance to die or hatch into a fish (the payout). Each fish has variations that are rare and more valuable, and the player is awarded cash equal to the value of their new fish.

*Note: Big Fish Aquarium is not related in any way to Betable partner Big Fish Casino.


Most Innovative Prize - Gambling Bugs

Ina Yosun Chang and her team created an augmented reality gambling game where you bet on two AR spiders that would battle on your hand or table. Chang used Betable's API to determine outcomes for combat sequences and make it a real-money game of chance.


Honorable Mention - Tweet Roulette

One of the crowd favorites at the hackathon was Tweet Roulette. Creator Ryan Gerard hooked up a Betable roulette backend to the Twitter API, giving you the ability to bet by tweeting "bet {$amount} on {numbers, even or color} at @tweet_chance. Tweet Roulette would then send you back the result of your bet!



Thank you to our sponsors, who have made this event possible and share in Betable's vision for disrupting gambling and gaming. Make sure you thank them in person at the event!








Aarki is a premium, full-service mobile ad platform enabling developers to get high quality users and make money. We work with the top publishers in mobile including Zynga, Electronic Arts, Gameview, Natural Motion and Gree Games. Our technology brings rewarded and non-rewarded ads in banner, video and rich media formats and intelligently optimizes the display of ads from different sources globally.

Aarki was founded in 2010 in the heart of Silicon Valley. Our headquarters is located in Sunnyvale, CA and we have presences across the globe in Toronto, Yerevan, Beijing and Manila. Our ads are served in over 150 countries and more than 20 different languages worldwide.






Corona Labs is the maker of Corona SDK, a popular platform that empowers mobile developers, from indies to agencies to major game studios, to build cross-platform apps and games with blazing speed. The unmatched efficiency achieved with Corona lets developers focus on creating high quality content without the concern of cross-platform fragmentation. Among the over 25,000 Corona-built apps published to major markets, notable titles include Bubble Ball, The Lost City, Little Generals, Go Ninja, Blast Monkeys and Word Smack.







Ludei is the world's leading HTML5 mobile game development platform. The full stack offers developers a powerful game engine, called CAAT, to accelerate their time to market, the CocoonJS Virtual Machine, which provides Same as Native gaming performance and features, the Ludei Extensions, a set of APIs that deliver native in-app purchases, ad and social networks and the Ludei Cloud, which offers a compiler developers can use to create builds for 10 of the most popular native and web app stores, a live update feature, multiplayer APIs and cloud storage.







Tapjoy is the leader in discovery, engagement, and monetization services for mobile applications. The company’s turnkey in-app advertising platform helps developers acquire cost-effective, high-value new users, drive engagement within their applications, and create incremental income by providing an ad-funded payment method. The Tapjoy network spans over 9,000 apps and 200 million global consumers on iOS, Android, and emerging mobile platforms, delivering more than 1.5 million advertising completions per day to app developers and big brand advertisers. Tapjoy is venture-backed and headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Silicon Valley, London, and Japan.


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  • Eric M.

    Fellow Betable hackers, in the spirit of hacking, wanted to use this space to let you guys know about an underwater hackathon that my startup, iDive is hosting at General Assembly from Aug 2-4. Top three teams will get their own snorkel kits, iDives, and SCUBA certified! Would love to see you there:

    July 19, 2013

  • Jon G.

    1st class hackathon all around, I can't tell you how impressed I am w/ Betable, an amazing company full of great people. The Cash Farmer team really appreciated the hospitality & look forward to the beautiful future!

    2 · May 2, 2013

  • Adrian H.

    I had a total blast- thanks so much for organizing such a fun and informative event! It was great seeing what everyone came up with- congratulations, all around.

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Jeremy

    Had a great time at the Betable Hackathon. Sheila was awesome she made the event run smoothly. It was a pleasure to meet the Betable team they were very knowledgeable about development. I look forward to working more with the Betable api.

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Jamie A.

    Great weekend! The team at betable was very resourceful and helpful...met lots of great the platform develops, the opportunities will be boundless.

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Jerry M.

    Thank you to Betable and sponsors for a fun hackathon. Lots of good food kept us energized and fueled.

    April 28, 2013

  • Stefano B.

    Thanks everyone for coming, it was really great to see the hacks you came up with!

    2 · April 28, 2013

  • CR

    ideas + deep online design & marketing experience... oh yeah, I'm a copywriter too, so messaging is covered. :)

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Joining for workshops and to view submissions and hack outcomes.

    April 9, 2013

  • Y C.

    Thanks for changing the date! BTW - Other than pycon happening in south bay weekend of March 16, Engadget Expand is also happening in Fort Mason! Also, people might be hungover coming back from SXSW...

    March 4, 2013

  • Y C.

    aww, you don't have a most innovative prize anymore :-\

    February 24, 2013

    • Y C.

      oh neato, can one project win both of those prizes? ;)

      February 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Haha perhaps, that's up to the judges

      February 27, 2013

  • Alvin W.

    better date

    February 27, 2013

  • Sheridan T. plans to gamify corporate training.

    February 27, 2013

  • Song Z.

    Cod Code!

    February 26, 2013

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