HackFest for Apache Ambari!

Sponsored by Hortonworks and Pivotal, founding members of the Open Data Platform initiative

The Apache Ambari project is aimed at making Hadoop management simpler by developing software for provisioning, managing, and monitoring Apache™ Hadoop® clusters. Ambari provides an intuitive, easy-to-use Hadoop management web UI backed by its RESTful APIs and its extensible framework.

Come join the us for a HackFest on Saturday, October 17th where you will learn how to use Ambari’s extensible framework to write an Ambari Service and create customized Views to help you understand, view, and manage your cluster resources in a multitenant Hadoop environment.

The day will start off with breakfast and a short intro to Apache Ambari and how to customize Ambari Views and deploy and manage Services. There will be plenty of examples to get you started and Apache Ambari founding committers, contributors and experts will be available throughout the day to provide assistance and guidance.

This goal of this HackFest is to:

  • Introduce new contributors to the Apache Ambari community
  • Learn about & use the Apache Ambari extensible framework
  • Meet other talented & motivated hackers
  • Demonstrate your skills and gain recognition as you productize your idea
  • Get feedback from your peers

By the end of the day, you will hopefully have a working feature to share to your fellow Hackers and the Apache Ambari community!

Because this is a one day HackFest, we highly encourage you to work together in a group of 2-3. You can form a group beforehand or look for a team to join here at Devpost or at the event.


  • All participants will receive a HackFest t-shirt.

  • Breakfast, lunch, drinks & snacks are provided.




9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Check-In & Breakfast
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Overview of Apache Ambari & Extensible Framework
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Hack!
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch is served
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Hack!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Present/Demo & Judging


Each group or attendee should bring their own laptop:


  • Participants must reside within the fifty United States of America or D.C., be of the age of majority, and register for the Contest before 12AM PST on October 16, 2015
  • Government employees and officials, and employees of Pivotal Software, Inc., Hortonworks, Inc. and its affiliates are ineligible. 
  • Your participation may require prior approval by your employer.  
  • Participants may be a single individual or team of up to three people.
  • Must be present at the HackFest on October 17, 2015


  • Working submissions must be entered under an open source license and uploaded to public code hosting platform GitHub. The recognized category could be uploaded to Hortonworks Gallery under Apache Ambari Views/Services.
  • Submissions do not need to be fully functional given the time constraints of the HackFest but they must work or be presentable to a sufficient degree to enable judging of the submission’s merits.
  • You will have 2-3 minutes in which to present your Ambari View and/or Service toward the end of the day. If your demo isn’t functional, take us through the code  - What you did and where you got stuck!

Hackathon Sponsors


$75 in prizes

1st Place

Amazon Gift Card

2nd Place

Amazon Gift Card

Third Place

Amazon Gift Card

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Please register for the HackFest on Eventbrite 



Sumit Mohanty

Sumit Mohanty

Jun Aoki

Jun Aoki

Judging Criteria

  • Impact/Value 25%
    The feature has to provide some meaningful value, automation, or improvement
  • Usability/UI 25%
    It has to be easy to use. For Views, the UI has to be usable; for backend work, it has to be simple to invocate
  • Functionality 25%
    this is completion and end-to-end workflow
  • Presentation 25%
    The individual or team’s explanation, call-to-action, and persuasion to show the value

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