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Betable Hackathon

Betable is the first ever platform that lets game developers legally add real-money gambling to their games and apps. We are hosting the first ever Betable Hackathon on the weekend of July 27th - 29th, 2012. There will be free food and beer all weekend for hackers, awesome prizes in multiple tracks, and amazing game industry judges. Join us as we hack to bring much-needed innovation to the gambling industry.

Our list of awesome prizes includes:
Grand Prize
$10,000 in Betable game liquidity
$5,000 distribution credit from Flurry
Trip to Las Vegas

Runner Up Prize
$5,000 in Betable game liquidity
iPad 3

Most Innovative Implementation
iPad 3



The event is being held in the beautiful, newly remodeled coworking space Parisoma (with killer WiFi to boot). Located at the corner of Howard and Natoma, it's a sub-10 minute walk from the Civic Center BART station or the Van Ness MUNI stop. If you're coming from Caltrain, the '47 Van Ness' bus line stops at the 4th & King Caltrain Station and stops right in front of the event location.



6:00pm - Registration
7:30pm - Kickoff Presentation + Product Demo
8:30pm - Present ideas, form teams
9:00pm - Dinner (Pizza). Start coding!
12:00am - Doors close, but hacking can continue elsewhere

9:00am - Doors open & Breakfast (Continental)
12:00pm - Lunch (Mexican)
7:00pm - Dinner (Sandwiches)
12:00am - Doors close, but hacking can continue elsewhere

9:00am - Doors open & Breakfast (Brunch)
12:00pm - Wrap up and submit games
12:30pm - Presentations & Judging
1:30pm - Award prizes
2:00pm - Doors close


SDKs Available

iOS (full)

Android (full)

PHP (oAuth)

Node (oAuth)

Javascript [browser] (bets)

See our Github Repository to check out our SDKs!



Arjun Sethi - EIR at Social Capital Partnership

Currently, Arjun is an EIR at Social Capital Partnership. Arjun put his learnings from multiple product management positions towards guiding emerging companies early in his career. Formerly the CEO of Lolapps, which merged with 6waves in 2011 and grew to over 100M in revenues and 200 employees, Arjun was responsible for setting the overall product vision and growth strategy. Prior to Lolapps Arjun was the Co-Founder and CEO of Roflplay, a social startup which was acquired by Lolapps in July 2009. In addition Arjun has invested and lent his advice to many valley based companies including Kissmetrics and Tapjoy.


Brendan Lyall - EIR at Signia Ventures

Brendan is an EIR for Rick Thompson's Signia Capital advising on their mobile portfolio and a founding member of an early stage stealth mobile company. Most recently, Brendan served as the Head of User Acquisition and Business Development at Storm8, where he oversaw marketing spends for 30+ iOS and Android games. He also lead business development by managing OEM, carrier and app stores deals and oversaw 3rd party monetization strategy. Prior to Storm8, he was the Head of User Acquisition at Adknowledge.


Christopher Griffin - CEO of Betable

Chris Griffin is the Founder & CEO of Betable, the only game monetization platform that lets you legally implement real-money gambling & betting into your games. His experience building gambling & betting products gives him unique insight into game mechanics, game monetization and the real-money gambling space. Alongside Betable, Chris is an advisor to numerous venture-backed startups.


Roger Dickey - Creator of Mafia Wars

Roger Dickey's foray into the game industry began in 2007, when he started a social game company and worked quickly, building 19 games with the largest driving over 10M daily pageviews. Within 6 months, his startup was bought by Zynga for an undisclosed amount, and Roger went on to found Mafia Wars, which reached 45.5M users by 2010. He also founded FishVille and 9 other titles in his 3 years at Zynga. Roger then served as an international product team advisor for Zynga, helping the company grow their games in India, Japan and Beijing.

Alongside his work at Zynga, Roger also began angel investing and advising in startups in June 2010. His investments include Facebook, Zynga, Addepar, DotCloud, E La Carte, Internmatch, HiGear, Ecomom, Speakertext, Wanderfly and more. He has now started another startup, which is in stealth.



Flurry increases the size and value of mobile application audiences, already helping more than 70,000 companies in over 200,000 applications across iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, JavaME and HTML5 platforms. Flurry Analytics, the world's leading mobile application analytics product, helps mobile application developers make better apps, deepen consumer engagement and improve monetization of their applications. Flurry AppSpot, powered by Flurry's enormous Analytics dataset, is the data-powered monetization platform that enables you to deliver audience segments.


Tapjoy is a mobile advertising and publishing platform that empowers more than 600 million mobile users who choose to watch videos, subscribe to services, install applications and participate in other types of advertisements in exchange for virtual currency they can use in their favorite apps.


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  • Tyler Y.

    Photos are sideways, working on a fix.

    August 1, 2012

  • Tyler Y.

    Great event! We were blown away by the passion of the attendees and the quality of the games. All of the hackers killed it this weekend.

    July 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A+. Well run from A-Z. Great venue, awesome food and the Betable staff were amazing, willing to help with any problem, brainstorm ideas/API hacks etc

    lol @ the woman bitching, she wasn't even part of the hackathon.

    July 29, 2012

  • Y C.

    Excellent food! Good though not overnight venue. API functional for an alpha.

    July 28, 2012

  • Anni Y.

    The event host Tyler York is an a******. I found that his demeanor for this hackathon to be disgrace for the company.
    Max, David, and Stefano would be better persons to work with.

    July 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It is an interesting event. I am still trying to figure out how to make money with certainty versus chance. It was a bit too noisy to concentrate.

    July 28, 2012

  • Andrew P.

    Hey guys, in case you missed tonight or are coming tomorrow morning. My team has an innovative way to bring competition to a social slot machine and we are looking for another engineer and artist/animator. Please email me if you are interested! [masked]

    July 27, 2012

  • Tyler Y.


    July 27, 2012

  • Tyler Y.

    Presentation by the CEO starts in an hour. Pizzas coming soon. If you're not here yet, get here soon! Call me if you're lost -[masked]

    July 27, 2012

  • Stefano B.

    Hey Y, shoot me an email at [masked], and I'll get you set up!

    July 25, 2012

  • Tyler Y.

    Yes Y Chang, USA developers will be able to test their integration with Betable on our Sandbox. Sandbox bets are virtual currency so you can test with them anywhere

    July 25, 2012

  • Y C.

    Signed up for a dev account, but I can't seem to deposit due to jurisdiction issues. Is there a way to sandbox the system, so that USA devs can test their apps (without breaking US gambling laws)?

    July 25, 2012

  • Stefano B.

    Hey Ryan,
    you're right. The docs are not public at the moment, all the participants at will obviously get access to them and we we're happy to give early access to those who want to get familiar with them before starting!

    Please sign up at and send me an email at [masked] so I can approve your account!

    See you next weekend!

    July 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I went looking for docs on the Betable API, and I can't seem to find them. I'd like to be familiar with the API before the hackathon, if possible. Could you post a link to the API docs? If they aren't public, is it possible to enable my developer account early so I can have a peek :)? I've "reserved my account" on

    July 18, 2012

  • Tyler Y.

    Theres tons of parking around the event space. Free, street parking all weekend. Just make sure you don't leave a backpark or other valuables in the car, as this is in the city.

    July 13, 2012

  • Stefano B.

    Edgar, we have a RESTful API that you can call from any platform you want, so even if we won't have a LUA SDK yet it will still be very easy to integrate.

    Jeff, it's mainly targeted at developers, but creating a game with Betable is so simple even your wife can do it!

    July 10, 2012

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