Join us for Breakathon on September 23 in San Francisco


Sleuth out real SRE incidents

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to solve all the levels of the failure scenarios in our Breakathon.

PagerDuty’s Breakathon is like a hackathon but with ‘breaks’ to investigate in order to win the game. Put on your best Sherlock Holmes cap and join us to sleuth out debugging issues and fix real incidents. Participants will work in teams of 2-4 and will compete against other teams to resolve issues the quickest Magnifying glass and pipe not included.

Contest Details

In simplest terms, Breakathon is a timed contest with multiple levels. Each level consists of a live web application that’s broken in an interesting way. To solve the mystery, you’ll need to SSH into the application hosts, use the clues to diagnose the problem, and fix it quickly. Levels start with the easier problems and get progressively harder.

The team that solves the mystery, completing all of the levels the fastest, wins! And yes - there are many prizes to be won - door prizes, level prizes, super sleuth prizes, and more.

Doors open at 4:00pm, and our support crew will be onsite to help you get set-up with a team and ready for when the game kicks off at 4:45pm.

Breakathon will give you a chance to solve tough operational infrastructure mysteries, test out your best hunches, win cool prizes, and eat and drink with members of the local DevOps community while playing.


4:00pm - Doors Open

4:45pm - Introduction and Overview

5:00pm - Start solving!

7:00pm - Magnifying glasses down! Final results are tallied

7:15pm - Super sleuths announced, mysteries solved, and prizes shared

7:30pm - Breakathon concludes

What to Bring

Things to include in your mystery-solving-bag:

  • A laptop capable of SSH’ing and loading a webpage
  • Your laptop power adapter
  • Be ready to use your GitHub account. If you don’t have one, you can set up a free account.

Who Should Enter

Anyone currently managing a production web application (including, but not limited to, people in SRE or Ops roles) will make great a Breakathon detective. And if you want to level up your operational chops, this is a great way to do that too! You can sign up as a team or come alone and get paired with other gumshoes.

RSVP Today
This is a free event but we have limited space and encourage you to reserve your seat today here:

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For anyone who’s on the fence about attending the Breakathon - DO IT!

I went last year and was placed with 3 other competent individuals to solve the challenges put before us. It was a really great experience and one I’d do again!

Pro-tip: only have one person in your team press the verify button, and only press it once per verification! Trust me, it’ll make all the difference to your times. :slight_smile: