All projects must be built during the hacking period of Oct 15, 11am CST to Oct 16, 11am CST. The project should be submitted to this DevPost and team member(s) must be present in-person during judging to be considered! Team size must be between 1-4 people.
$29,980 in prizes
Prizes paid in cryptocurrency
Best Domain Name from Domain.com
Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com branded backpack for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!
Best Accessibility Hack sponsored by Fidelity
At Fidelity, accessibility is viewed as a major key to the success of their business, which is why they are challenging you to come up with innovative ways to make tech more accessible! We want you to use your hacking skills to find and build solutions that put opportunities and resources within reach to all communities. The team with the best accessibility hack will win a Fidelity branded wireless charger for each team member!
Most Creative Use of Twilio
Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console! Get started with $50 in free credit!
John Deere's Sponsor Prize
Help us tackle big problems like feeding the world by innovating how we can make our farmers more efficient through technology and big data while sustaining our land for years to come.
Prizes: $100 gift card, John Deere shirts, hats, Yeti tumbler, and northface backpack for each member of the team
BNB Chain Challenge: First Place
Protect BNB chain users from scams, rug pulls and bad actors with the use of the brand new AvengerDao security monitoring API system. Help build a safer BNB chain by creating a dapp, integration or a creative implementation using the brand new AvengerDao security monitoring and scanning tool api, alongside BNB's token, NFTs or any part of the BNB ecosystem, in order to create awareness, protection and safeguards for those interacting with BNB blockchain. The first place team will get $5000 in USDC to split among themselves!
NEAR Challenge: First Place
Near Protocol is a layer 1 blockchain network that focuses on usability amongst developers & end users. It provides a platform on which developers can build decentralized applications (dapps) with over 800 dApps being built across the ecosystem.
For the general track you qualify for the prizes if your team deploys to NEAR testnet or Mainnet is eligible to win (this is not an ideathon). The first place team will receive $5000 in nUSDC to split among themselves!
NEAR Challenge: Third Place
$2000 in nUSDC to split among team
Best Overall Beginner Hack
You made it this far, congrats!! We hope that this experience has taught you a little about design, coding, and product management! It is now time to compete for the winning prize of Echo Dots! This challenge is a best overall - which means it will assess hacks on implementation, design, idea, impact, and overall learning!
Best Overall Hack: First Place
Mechanical Keyboards AND Fast Track Interview for MLH Fellowship (Paid Internship) for each team member. Read more about the MLH Fellowship here! https://fellowship.mlh.io/
Best Overall Hack: Second Place
Google/Amazon friendly Color Changing Strip Lights for each team member!
Best Design Hack
Part of what makes a hackathon project really good is that you think of who the end user is, what kind of impact you want to drive, and how to market the message of the product! This challenge judges based on the design aspect of the hack, thinking about components, User Interface and User Experience, with each member of the winning team getting a Wacom drawing tablet!
Best Mobile App
This is a challenge that judges based on the development of a mobile app! It can be built cross-platform, Android/iOS. We prefer there to be a full-stack implementation! Each winning team member will get a Google Cloud Swag Bag.
We know that implementation or carrying out a project to the end can be hard. We invite our participating attendees to vote on their favorite project! Judging for this will occur during the expo on Sunday 1-4PM along with the other judging. Each member of the winning team will get a Google Cloud-branded backpack.
Best Consideration of Security and/or Privacy
DEFCON Network Security Swag Kits for each winning team member
Mystery Prize :D
Solana Challenge: First Place
The Solana Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the decentralization, adoption and security of the Solana ecosystem. Solana is a blockchain built for mass adoption. It's a high performance network that is utilized for a range of use cases, including finance, NFTs, payments, and gaming. Solana operates as a single global state machine, and is open, interoperable and decentralized. Solana is a fast-growing and vibrant ecosystem giving all the opportunity to participate and thrive in the next phase and evolution of the internet. The first place team will receive $7000 in USDC to split among themselves!
Solana Challenge: Second Place
$5000 in USDC to split among team
Solana Challenge: Third Place
$3000 in USDC split among team
Best Use of Solana Pay
$1500 in USDC to split among team
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Assistant Professor of Instruction, UT Austin
Software Engineer, Atmosphere
Principal Software Engineer, Atmosphere
Product Designer, Paypal
Software Engineer, Google
Lecturer, UT Austin
Software Engineer, Indeed
Software Engineer, Meta
Founder & Mentor, Hackathon Mentors
Staff Software Engineer, Truework
Senior Manager, Capital One
Lecturer, UT Austin & Founder, Retora Game Studios
Senior Product Manager, AWS
We want to see something that we've never seen before. Let your creativity shine, and build something that you're passionate about.
How complete is your project? Did you tackle something complex? We want you to challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort zone, learn something new, and take on new technical challenges.
Make your project shine with an awesome presentation — knock the judges socks off with something well designed, practiced, and coherant. Make sure to cover the problem that you were solving, what motivated you, and why your solution is the best.
Build something that people want. Something that impacts the world for the better. You don't need to end war and solve hunger — small impacts on the local community and individuals are incredibly important as well.