The prerequisites depend highly on your project and what frameworks/libraries you are using. We have outlined a few pre-reqs for various platforms to help you get setup before the hackathon.

iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS


Server (NodeJS)

Bluemix (Any Server/Cloud Service)

Watson Services (e.g. Conversation Service, Visual Recognition, and more)

  • Setup Bluemix (above)
  • Setup curl:
    • You must install the version that supports the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol. Make sure to include the installed binary file on your PATH environment variable.
  • To easily test out the Watson APIs you can use curl (in command line) or Postman. Postman would be easier to get started with since it has a easy to use UI.


  • If you would like to use the datasets we are providing, make sure to clone the repo or download it before hand. The repo is pretty large and will take a some time to download. Check out the datasets here:


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