HackDFW is a fast-paced innovation marathon for the creatives, the learners, the quick thinkers, the innovators, and those who make their dreams as big as Texas. It’s the ultimate experience to create something new within 36 hours of late nights, groggy mornings, frustrating bug fixes, a lifetime of new friends, and unlimited energy drinks.

In partnership with Say Yes to Dallas, this year we’ll be celebrating our home. Whether you’re looking for your first job or looking to make a change, the Dallas Region has the right economy and professional community to grow your career now and well into the future. A lifetime of opportunity awaits. It’s also the place that birthed this event, which makes us want to give back - and show you just how exciting Dallas-Fort Worth can be.


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$48,750 in prizes

Best in Show (1st Place)

First Place Overall. Winners receive iPad Minis (2021).

Second Place

Second Place Overall. Winners receive Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones.

Third Place

Third Place Overall. Winners receive ASUS ZenScreen Portable Monitors.

Amazon Challenge: Post-COVID Education Digital Divide

In the modern world, Cloud Services and Big Data can be utilized to solve the largest and the most pressing issues human kind has ever faced. One of the most pressing issue is digital divide in the virtual education platform, such as lack of access, less inclusion, AI/ML bias.

How might we decrease the digital divide in virtual/remote education while promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in the post COVID world?

Winners receive MacBook Airs.

State Farm: Best Use of Telematics (3)

State Farm is about to celebrate 100 years in business. In that time, there have been many innovations, such as our drive safe and save program. Drive Safe and Save uses telematics to provide information about driving habits that can be used to offer a discount.

Your challenge is to develop an application that highlights how State Farm could enter the next hundred years using telematics in other ways, to provide even more discounts for our customers.

1st Prize: Oculus – Quest 2 128 GB

2nd Prize: Beats by Dr. Dre Studio Buds

3rd Prize: Steel Series Apex 7 Wired Mechanical Keyboard

Goldman Sachs: Best ESG (Environmental Social Good) Hack (5)

Build an application that helps the user evaluate the ESG friendliness of their portfolio and suggests options for investment that are in line with their aspirations.

Prize: iPad Air for each member of the winning team
Runner-Up: Airpods for each member of the team

McKesson: Best Supply Chain Hack

We saw massive disruptions in the distribution of medical and healthcare products over COVID-19. How can we better utilize technology to optimize the supply chain for a brighter future?

Winners: Gift Cards for each team member and exclusive swag, plus the chance to meet with McKesson executives! ($200 value)

Match: Best Connecting Hack

Human connection is now more important and complicated than ever.

How might we create a new experience to help bring people or communities together?

$500 in gift cards to split amongst the team (you pick!)

A chat with a Match employee or team of your choice to get the inside scoop on Match and career advice.

Free Match subscription for you or a friend!

Children's Health: Patient Experience Challenge (3)

Most hospitals provide written handouts or very academic videos to educate patients to their diagnosis and adhere to the care plan / managing their diagnosis. With the world of mobile gaming, Tik-Tok, and other engaging media, healthcare needs to UP THEIR GAME and stop providing boring education materials! We challenge hackathon innovators to create an engaging patient education experience. Think about fun and engaging experiences that can be created on a shoestring budget! Think Indie....!

How might we use technology make the patient education experience more engaging?

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Ja’dan Johnson

Ja’dan Johnson
Marketing and Community Lead of Upstream

Matt Hopper

Matt Hopper
Director of Development of Oculus VR

Dave Copps

Dave Copps
CEO / Co-Founder of Worlds, Inc.

Nancy Flores

Nancy Flores
Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer at McKesson

Shamim Ashrafi

Shamim Ashrafi
Partner Activation Leader at AWS World Wide Public Sector

Judging Criteria

  • Use of Technology
    Did the team integrate technology into their solution?
  • Functionality
    Was a working, functional prototype demonstrated? How well does the solution perform and meet the purpose described?
  • Scalability
    Does this solution have the potential to have an impact at scale, globally?
  • Creativity
    How creative was the team in developing a unique and innovative solution for the challenge?
  • Potential Impact
    Does the solution have the potential to have an impact at scale?

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