Extra Life Hackathon 2020

Over 50,000 Extra Life participants sign up and play games to support local kids each year and have generated over $70M for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2008. With the need of our hospitals continuing to grow, we’re looking for ways to explore untapped potential by unlocking the Extra Life community’s unparalleled passion to play games, heal kids. Hackathon presents the opportunity for the Extra Life community help shape the future of the program.

Pitch Your Idea to Change the World

We want your ideas to make what we do even better. Pitch your ideas to create new and innovative tools that can used by the Extra Life community to raise life-saving funds for kids treated at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across North America. Focus areas include: live stream fundraising tools, charity-focused esports events and better ways for Extra Life communities to stay connected throughout the year.

What's in it for You?

The top submissions will be invited to attend Children’s Hospitals Week 2020 and Extra Life United in Orlando, FL from April 7-9, 2020. During their time at the event, they will be invited to present their concept to a panel of judges with the winning idea to be developed and tested for implementation to the Extra Life experience.  


Proposals may be created and developed alongside a team of knowledgeable experts in the gaming and nonprofit industry.


The top proposals will get the chance to present at Children's Hospitals Week 2020 and Extra Life United.


Leave your legacy by influencing the future of the Extra Life experience that benefits millions of kids every year.

Watch the Kickoff!

Tune in HERE to our Extra Life Hackathon kickoff to learn how you can submit your idea and compete from Lou and Lu!

Schedule of Events
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Key Success Criteria

      Each submission should be aligned with one of the four below categories: 


  • Extra Life Community Management: Ideas should focus on community and/or team management, engagement and insights to help local or virtual Extra Life groups stay in contact throughout the year and become fundraising forces for their local CMN Hospital.

  • Live Stream Fundraising Tools: Ideas should focus on new tools and resources that will help content creators inspire and engage their viewers in support of local CMN Hospitals.  
  • Charity Esport Events: Ideas should focus on creating memorable experiences in local communities  through gaming events that benefit local CMN Hospitals.
  • Blue-Sky Innovation: The Extra Life community is one of the most creative and resourceful online communities to be reckoned with. If you have an idea that doesn’t fit into one of the above categories, place it within the Blue-Sky Innovation category! 
Subject Matter Experts

These are the Subject Matter Experts that will be helping you develop your idea before presenting at Extra Life United! These experts come from all over the gaming and charity industries. They will work closely with you and help you take your idea to the next level!


Ben Clayton 


Jon Kefaloukos  


Jeromy Adams                                                

Whitney Lynn               

   Brandon Harris  

Ben Clayton

Donor Drive, Product Integration Developer



Jon Kefaloukos

Microsoft, Sr. Enterprise Sales Solution Specialist



     Jeromy Adams

     Founder, Extra Life

Whitney Lynn

Humble Bundle, Marketing Manager


Brandon "Shamanom" Harris

Twitch Ambassador, Content Creator

How the Judging Works

A panel of CMN Hospitals employees and industry subject matter experts will review every idea submitted to this site. The top 15 ideas will be presented during the Community Feedback stage for YOU to provide comments on your favorites. After the Community Feedback period concludes, the top 4 ideas will be selected after additional reviews of the further developed ideas.





Reflects a creative and innovative approach


Solves a Problem

Represents a viable solution to a real problem


Easy to Use/Implement

Provides an intuitive user interface and experience



Provides an easily understood value



Can functionally demo and has the potential to scale


Technology Driven

Leverages a variety of technologies in an unique way

Community Statistics
4 Proposal Submissions
20 Votes
134 Users
Proposal teams can leverage the following resources to enhance proposals and strengthen the chances of winning:

For Proposal Submissions

Business Model Canvas

Value Proposition Canvas

Business Environment Canvas


For Pitch Presentations

Pitch Deck Template

Contact Us

Have questions? Contact the web manager -

Kyton Sweat - ksweat@cmnhospitals.org


 the Extra Life Community Manager-

Lou Adducci - ladducci@cmnhospitals.org