HackTX is a place to grow. Challenge yourself to learn something, break something, or create something.

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,500 in prizes

First Place

Dell 4K monitors

Second Place

Snapchat Spectacles and Oculus DK2s

Third Place

Google Homes and Dell tablets

Best Financial Hack (Capital One)

$250 Amazon gift cards to each member of the winning team

Community Building Award (Facebook)

Facebook will sponsor a Community Building Award to the team whose hack helps build community and bring the world closer together. The winning team will be awarded an all expense paid trip to compete at Facebook's Global Hackathon.

Best Use of Data Visualization (Qualtrics)

Prize: $100 Amazon gift card (per person on the team)

Generate Consumer Insights Using Citi APIs (Citi FinTech) (2)

We challenge you to help people get a better understanding of their financial lives through any interface you choose - you can create insights by mixing APIs, provide recommendations of better budgeting, or anything else related to personal finance. You can qualify for our prize in two ways:

1. Use Citi's APIs in any project (at developer.citi.com)
2. Build any project that helps people with their personal finance.

If your project fits either criteria you are eligible to win a Raspberry Pi kit! Each member of the top two teams will receive this prize!

Ask us questions on the #Citi channel or through any of our mentors. If you want to use our API platform, message us on Slack, chat with our mentors, or come to our booth to get login credentials as we are in closed beta.

Best Data Visualization (Goldman Sachs)

1st place: Samsung Gear VR 2nd place: Raspberry Pi

Best Hack Involving a Financial Transaction (HBK Capital Management) (2)

+ Bonus Points for Digital Currency! Prize: HBK branded beats by Dre Cans

Social Good Challenge (JP Morgan Chase & Co)

Best Use of Social Media Data for Disaster Response
Prize = Bose Bluetooth Speakers (1 per team member)

Best project with a .tech domain name (.TECH)

To get your free .tech domain name:
1. Log onto - www.get.tech/startups - and fill your details.
2. Select HackTX and enter the secret code - hacktx.tech - to submit your request.
Once approved, you will receive a coupon code which you can use at checkout on www.get.tech
till the last day of the hackathon to get your FREE .tech domain name.
Prize - $200 Amazon Voucher

Gas Station of the Future (ExxonMobil)

For the past 70+ years, gas stations have remained pretty much the same. You take your vehicle, drive to a gas station, and fill it up. It’s time this changes.

You know what you like and dislike about filling up your car at the gas station. We want to you reimagine the retail experience when going to a gas station—that is, what does the “gas station of the future” mean to you?

You can go broad and tackle everything from the “pay at the pump” experience to revolutionizing the way you interact with convenience stores to on-demand fuel ordering. Or perhaps you focus on a particular portion of the experience. What would make for a delightful experience and how do you incorporate technology to achieve it?

Everything from online ordering, food delivery to your vehicle, getting an oil change while you pump your gas, etc. – it’s all fair game.

Prize: Raspberry Pi 3 Kits by CanaKit.

Best Education Hack (TeacherTalent)

Prize: AirPods or Pixel Buds, or $150 visa gift card + invitation to participate in AWS Activate program (up to $100,000 in AWS credit) for every member of the team

Best Microsoft Hack (Microsoft)

Leverage Microsoft Azure, Cognitive Services API, Windows10, Bing, Kinect, or HoloLens & have an opportunity to win a Surface device (up to 4 per team).

Best Retail Solution (BlueChasm)

Prize: Losei Dual Wireless Earbuds V4.1

Bring Your Favorite Sci-Fi Technology to Life (BlueChasm)

Bring us closer to your favorite sci-fi technology! You don't need to build it but bring us as close to it as you can. You can use any technology you want.

Example: We created the tricorder from Star Trek! Come to our table to see how it works!

Prize: Timbuk2 Parkside Laptop Backpack

Help A Community / Environment (CBRE)

Prize: $100 Amazon gift card to each team member (up to 4 people)

Use Mongo the Best!! (MongoDB)

Whichever team uses MongoDB the best will get a $50 amazon gift card for each member of the team.

Best First Time Hackathon Project

To be eligible for this prize, the majority of your team members must be first time hackathon goers (HackTX is their first hackathon ever)
Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card to each member of the winning team (up to 5 members a team)

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 Amazon Web Services Credit

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

SSO Challenge (ViaSat)

In the world of Single Sign On, there are many issues. For example, how do you protect against credential theft while still allowing someone to login to their account securely? We want you to find an innovative way to implement SSO for a better, smoother, more secure experience for users.

Think of different ways to protect against bad actors trying to sign in with stolen credentials.
You aren’t bound to any technology
Think of how to better recognize a real authentication attempt vs a malicious login attempt.
Be creative! Don't feel limited to these things. We want to know how you think. Winners will awarded prizes based on creativity.

Prize: $50 Amazon E-gift card per member

Most Startup-Viable Hack (Contrary Capital)

The winner of the MSVH will have to opportunity to sit down with Eric Tarczynski, Contrary’s general
partner and founder, for a one-on-one meeting to chat, network, or soft-pitch their idea (if the team is
serious about it). It’s up to you!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • Technical Proficiency
  • UX/UI
  • Creativity
  • Hackiness

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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