HackTX is an annual 24-hour hackathon at The University of Texas at Austin where students can make their ideas real. It's about learning new skills and coming up with creative solutions using technology. To help along the way, we provide mentorship and workshops. Beginners are welcome! Check out pictures from our previous events!

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,970 in prizes

First Place

Nintendo Switch + HackTX Trophy for each team member

Second Place

Philips Hue 4-Bulb Starter Kit + HackTX Trophy for each team member

Third Place

Google Home + HackTX Trophy for each team member

Excellent Customer Experience Award (The Home Depot)

One of The Home Depot’s core values is to provide all of our customers with excellent customer service. Whether a Professional Contractor or a DIY-er, we strive to make each customer’s experience in one of our 2,200 stores as efficient and satisfying as possible by providing quality products, service, price and selection, knowledgeable advice, and ease of access to the products and services they need.

How can technology be used to provide excellent customer service to Home Depot shoppers?

Prize: Oculus Rift VR Sets + Interview Invitations for Summer 2019 Internships

American Airlines Sponsored Challenge (3)

o First Place:

Miles for (2) round trip economy airfare tickets to any European city where American flies OR (1) round trip economy ticket to any Asia/Australia/New Zealand city where American flies.

o Second Place:

Miles for (2) round trip economy airfare tickets to any European city where American flies OR (1) round trip economy ticket to any Asia/Australia/New Zealand city where American flies

o Third Place:

Miles for (1) round trip economy ticket to any domestic city where American flies, including Hawaii and Alaska

Azure Champ

Use Azure to build whatever you can imagine!

Prize: Automatic entry in Imagine Cup 2019 Semi-Finals and two chances to become one of the few elite teams at our regional finals, plus 4 Xbox One Xs

Hey, don't I know you? Moving beyond the password in authentication (Charles Schwab)

Hey, don't I know you? Passwords suck!
Charles Schwab challenges you to blaze the trail in moving beyond the password in authentication.
PRIZE: $200 in Uber Credits per team member. Create an application or website that allows users to access their personalized content via password-less authentication. Once authenticated, all the app needs to display to the authenticated user is their name and account balance. Anything extra is just gravy.

Charles Schwab, Own Your Tomorrow.

Citi Sponsored Challenge

Create an idea that utilizes voice technologies to make day-to-day finance easier for Citibank customers.

The only requirements here are that your idea:
- Utilizes voice technologies like Amazon Alexa, Google Home, or Apple’s Siri.
- Uses at least one API from the Citi Developer Portal
- Positively impacts customer experience

In addition, Citi has a keen focus on the Financial Wellness of our customers. Though it is not required, we recommend looking into how your idea could possibly help people manage their money in more responsible ways.

First Prize: All Members of the winning team take home an Amazon Echo

Southwest Airlines Sponsored Challenge

How can technology be used to create better hospitality in the airline industry? Make a prototype or pitch to present your idea.

prize: $250 Southwest Airlines gift card for each member on the team

Best Use of Data Against Hunger (JP Morgan Chase)

Details here: https://hacktx.com/assets/jpmc_challenge.pdf
Think about how open source datasets can be used to help combat hunger in Texas. How can you leverage data to incentivize citizens, universities, businesses, or government to reduce, redistribute, or repurpose food waste? You can use ANY technology platform or tech stack of your choice, but to win the prize you must use publically available data in some way.
Prize: Bose SoundLink Wireless Headphones and Raspberry Pi 3 Ultimate Starter Kits for each member of the team.

Best Financial Hack [Capital One]

Capital One is challenging HackTX to create the best financial hack! The prize is a $250 gift card for each team member.

The challenge is intentionally vague to allow for flexibility and creativity; any project with money or financial elements will be eligible to win the top prize!

CDK Global Sponsored Challenge

Prize: PlusBlue Portable Chargers

Teza's "AltData" Challenge

Challenge details here:
Prize: $50 Visa gift cards for each participant

Best Use of Rev.ai

Rev.ai provides the most accurate automated speech recognition API on the market.
Prize: $500 per team member

Best Hack That Helps The Community and/or Environment (CBRE)

Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Cards

HostGator Domain

Choose the best domain name for your dream site from HostGator.com OR Domain.com and win 1 year of hosting!

Best Use of MongoDB Stitch

Prize: $500 in Amazon Gift Cards for the team.

Overnight Citizens Brigade! (TeacherTalent)

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to hack on behalf of any 501(c)3 non-profit organization (including schools!), to conjure up a veritable "army" of stakeholders who have opted-in to support a cause or project.
Go for broke! Alternatively, we may elect to give a prize to the project that best addresses a key civic sector problem.

First Place: $300 Southwest Airlines Gift Card & Socks for each member OR an Amazon Giftcard equivalent
Second Place: ~$90 (see the pdf for more details)

Road to HackTX - How did you get here?

Create a short video (~1 min) about how you made it to HackTX, and the time you have here! Share it with us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtags #Road2HackTX, #HackTX, and #HackDFW
The winner's team will receive automatic admission and travel reimbursement to HackDFW 2019, Feb 16 - 17th, Dallas TX.

Best use of Algolia

Casio CA-506C-5A Calculator Watch for each team member

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Minis for each team member

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each team member

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

410C Dragonboard for each team member

[Weekly Challenge] Best Chat Bot using Botkit & Cisco Webex Teams

Power banks for each team member

Best use of HERE.com

Hacker gear and swag from HERE.com

[Weekly Challenge] Best use of Clarifai’s API

Hacker gear from Clarifai for each team member

[Weekly Challenge] Snap Kit Weekly Challenge

Spectacles by Snapchat for each team member

[Weekly Challenge] Best Social Good Hack from Fidelity

$50 Gift Cards from Fidelity for each team member

Best use of Authorize.net

LS20 Gaming Headsets for each team member

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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