We just finished up a wild weekend at the Hearst Hackathon in New York – an all weekend event where programmers from around the world converged to create some innovative projects around fashion using various APIs. Numerous teams integrated the DocuSign API into their projects and created some cool uses of DocuSign in the fashion industry. 


DocuSign offered two prizes for this event – a $1K Amex gift card for the best integration that uses the DocuSign API and a $500 Amex gift card for second place. Team Gilt-e-pleasure – made up of Rafael Gonzaque and Jeff Uthaichai – took first place along with the $1,000 gift card with an innovative website they built. 


Their site gives users a chance to get spotted if they don’t have enough money yet for a fashion product. So if there’s that fancy new dress you want for an event but can’t currently afford it you can hit the Spot Me button which then launches an Embedded DocuSign signing session where users can fill out a promissory note saying they will pay back the money by a certain date.  The retailers in turn can charge flat fees or interest, making it a win-win. 


The site mashes together purchasing products from Gilt on layaway through a promissory note via DocuSign. It’s still up at www.gilt-e-pleasure.com and the pictures and graphics flow quite nicely! 

And here’s a picture of the Gilt-e-pleasure team that won the big prize:

The second place prize went to team TokWithUs which was made up of Justin Isaf and Volkan Unsal.  They came up with an innovative website to help people communicate with each other over fashion related content.  You can start a video session with a stylist or fashion consultant and upload photos and discuss fashion related content found by the Hearst API.  And to begin you add legal documents that all parties sign – which are sent through the DocuSign API. 

Once your documents are added you then schedule the time and date of your Tok, grab an iframe tag that is generated for your publication platform, add custom widgets, pick your participants (to which next to them it displays their signing status), and begin your video session.  A prototype version can be found at http://www.tokwithus.com/ and here is a picture of Justin Isaf who accepted the second place prize of $500 for the team:

All-in-all in was fun and exciting event that DocuSign got to sponsor this weekend.  While the so-called “Blizzard of 2013” softened the number of attendees a little bit for the people that came out it was good times!


Were you there?  Have anything to share or want more information?  Leave comments or check out our Developer Center and see how easy it was for these teams to integrate with DocuSign API.  They only had 30 hours to go from scratch to working demo – how quickly do you think you can integrate?