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Benioff: Arrrr me hackathons rigged?

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff

Great news! Salesforce is holding the uber conference in San Francisco called Dreamforce. It will be an event packed with celebrities, keynote speeches, cloud computing -- even a million dollar "hackathon" competition before the event kicks off. But wait, wasn't there a rumor about a rigged hackathon last year? A hackathon?

Yep. In fact, many competitors were so angry about last year's hackathon, awarded a second "first place winner" to quiet the grumbling and mute the bad press. So, to all winners of this year's event, we hope it wasn't too eventful.

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Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.

Chris Kanaracus tells us no malarkus: [Ahem. - Ed.]

[At]'s Dreamforce event in San Francisco...CEO Marc Benioff and celebrity guests will hold forth before an expected 140,000 attendees.

There will undoubtedly be a plethora of announcements about platform's a safe bet that mobile applications will be a focus of these.  MORE

David DeMar describes da event:

Global cloud computing Salesforce is offering $1 million in prizes for a Hackathon to kick off its new Dreamforce event.   MORE

Shirley Siluk was a strong competitor:

The $1 Million Hackathon is set to start at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, and will continue through noon Sunday.

Hackers will compete for prizes in three categories: mobile apps, Heroku mobile apps, and with Heroku mobile apps.  MORE

Then, Royce Beaudry gracefully drops names:

Among the many speakers who will grace the stage. Few noteworthy speakers include 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. Moreover co-founder and angel investor Hadi Partovi will also be present.  MORE

Meanwhile, Shira Ovide and Don Clark wear odd shoes when pitching:

CEO Marc Benioff is a showman who never misses an opportunity to pitch both his business-software company and the Web-friendly cloud-computing approach it helped pioneer. He even wears custom-designed Louboutin sneakers adorned with images of clouds.  MORE


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