We unite students of all backgrounds to come together and create meaningful hacks in 24 hours that change the intention and narrative behind how technology is used today. Come join us on October 22-23 to learn, collaborate, and code for good.

We believe hackathons are more than just about building cool projects. It’s also a place to discuss, share, and bring to life ideas that make a difference. Look forward to working with non-profits, coding alongside industry experts, and above all, collaborating with your peers to create something truly amazing!

Check out our website, 2022.hackduke.org, for more information!


Submissions are due on Devpost by Sunday 12:30 pm and editing closes at 1:00 pm, though feel free to submit early. We recommend submitting by 11:00 am to ensure that you get a judging/demo slot.

Only one submission is required per team (but make sure to add all team members to the submission). You must include videos, photos, or screenshots of the working product and a link to the source code (GitHub, etc.) of your project.

Your team must be present for in-person/live demos and judging unless specifically communicated with the organizing team (reach out to hackers@hackduke.org).

Hackathon Sponsors


$3,300 in prizes

Health and Wellness Track (3)

Cash Prize and Donation to select charity. First place - $300. Second place - $200. Third place - $100.

Education Track (3)

Cash Prize and Donation to select charity. First place - $300. Second place - $200. Third place - $100.

Inequality Track (3)

Cash Prize and Donation to select charity. First place - $300. Second place - $200. Third place - $100.

Energy and Environment Track (3)

Cash Prize and Donation to select charity. First place - $300. Second place - $200. Third place - $100.

Checkbook Sponsor Prize

Best Checkbook API use

Avanade Prize

Avanade has put sustainable tech at the forefront of their ongoing mission! Sustainability is about conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources and focusing efforts to reduce and improve the environmental impact of technology, processes, and operations on our planet and society. For your hackathon project, we want you to make a genuine human impact using your ingenuity to address sustainability through an innovative use of technology. Demonstrate how you can create a more sustainable future and help the environment. As an added bonus, the team with the best sustainability hack will be rewarded with awesome lego sets!

CockroachDB Prize

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for you and each of your team members. What's more, if you submit a verified project and are a US resident, we'll be sending you a free CockroachDB T-shirt while supplies last!

Domain.com Prize

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!

Wix Prize

We know how difficult it can be to create a phenomenal website in a short period of time, especially when it comes to hackathons. Velo by Wix cuts down your development without sacrificing on functionality! With a built-in database and fully customizable JavaScript front-end and back-end, you can develop a full-stack application directly in your browser. With Velo, all the tools you need are conveniently located in one platform! Build your hackathon project with Velo by Wix for a chance to win Wacom Drawing Tablets for you and each of your teammates.

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 & GameGo Console ! Get started with $50 in free credit

Best Beginner Hack Prize

Best overall beginner hack for first time Hackathon participants

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




HackDuke Judges

HackDuke Judges

Judging Criteria

  • Feasibility and Impact
    How well does the hack fit the track theme? How well thought-out is the concept itself, with regard to both the problem it aims to solve and the solution that has been proposed?
  • Innovation
    How well does the hack approach the problem from a fresh perspective? Or, does the hack address a unique aspect of the problem that isn't already implemented or developed?
  • Functionality
    How well did the team translate their concept into a working prototype? Is the hack functional, and to what extent? Is it limited to a few examples or test cases, or were you able to operate the hack yourself and use it for its intended purpose?
  • "Wow" Factor
    Did any other aspect of the project "wow" you? How well does the project reflect the unique backgrounds and talents of each team member?
  • Overall Presentation
    How was the overall presentation of the hack? Did the hackers have a prepared pitch, or was it more off-the-cuff? How convincing was the pitch? How well did the hackers understand the scope of their problem?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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