HackTX is a place to grow. Challenge yourself to learn something, break something, or create something. Whether you are a computer prodigy or a complete beginner, HackTX is for you. Join us for one intense weekend where you will push the limits, make new friends, and build great things!

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,148 in prizes

1st Place

MLH Fall Season Medal
Dell 24 inch Monitors

2nd Place

MLH Fall Season Medal
Dell 2-in-1 Laptop (Inspiron 15 7000 series)

3rd place

MLH Fall Season Medal
Dell Venue 10 Tablet

Indeed API Prize

A leap motion to the best app that helps people get jobs in some way

Most interesting use of the Capital One API

$250 Amazon gift card

Best Use of Bluemix

based on:
* idea - creative and viable
* design experience - intuitive and obvious value
* implementation - work and variety of Bluemix / external services/ APIs

Prize - IBM goody bag with an assortment of items like The Photon iot device and a PowerBank usb charger

Most Interesting use of Sensel Morph

Most interesting use of a Sensel morph will receive a production unil when they ship

Use of Square open source libraries

visit up at square.github.com

if you use a square open source library, we'd love to see it! Please come visit us at our booth.

Best use of Context.io

$250 prize value to the most interesting use of context.io

Most interesting use of uShip API

$100 amazon gift card to the most interesting use of the uShip API

Top exhibition of "Good Neighbor Spirit" (by StateFarm) (2)

Anything that benefits the community at large

$200 amazon gift card to first place
$100 amazon gift card to second place

Best use of Microsoft Tech

Microsoft Bands to the team which comes up with the best use of any Microsoft Tech (up to 5).

Keep Austin Weird (by Dell)

Tour of the Dell R&D lab (including Travel) and lunch with the lead engineer/ creator of the Dell Ubuntu Sputnik program (Barton George).

Best Pebble Hack

Best Pebble Hack get a Pebble Steel

Best use of Amazon Web Services

Best use of AWS gets a Dell Harddrive (1T)

Best use of Domains.com

Best use of domain.com gets a domain.com swag bag

Capital Factory Membership

A Capital Factory Membership to the team of their choosing

Best Use of Keen IO (Data Collection, Analysis, and Visualization)

The Personal Development Package -
Copies of Gallup's StrengthsFinder 2.0 with access codes to take the assessment, an hour long mentorship hangout with co-founder, Kyle Wild (https://twitter.com/dorkitude), and resources to help continue your hackathon project

National Instruments Rapid Prototyping Award

When students (or companies) must innovate quickly, it is important to jump in and try multiple options before choosing the best solution. The National Instruments Rapid Prototyping Award will be given to teams that demonstrate collaborative effort to evaluate alternatives when they encounter problems during the hackathon. "Do the simplest thing that could possibly work." "Make it run, make it right, make it fast." These are the mantras of rapid prototyping.

National Instruments myRIOs will be awarded to deserving teams. The number of awards and number of prizes awarded to each team will be determined by team size.

MongoDB Hack Pick

Winners will receive Amazon gift cards AND the chance to win a trip to NYC for MongoDB World 2016. The winning team from each hackathon we sponsor this year will be entered to win a trip for their team to our annual user conference MongoDB World (https://www.mongodb.com/events/mongodb-world-2016).

*Winners must be located in the continental USA to win.

#BuildForGood (KPCB Challenge)

Build a project targeted towards non-profit social good (as listed on http://kpcbfellows.com/build-for-good/challenges). Winner gets an interview for KPCB fellows 2015.

RotMan Parody App

The best parody UT app (as picked by RotMan), will win a dinner with dinner with RotMan and Bill Gates*.

*some guy that kind of looks like Bill Gates.

Most Technically Challenging (Presented by a16z)

The most technically challenging hack, as picked by a16z, will receive an RC racecar.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Heather Brunner

Heather Brunner
CEO, WP Engine

Mark Castleman

Mark Castleman
CEO, Future X Labs, Vobi, UT Crew

Josh Kerr

Josh Kerr
Startups at AWS/Incubator

Luz Cristal Glangchai

Luz Cristal Glangchai
Founder/CEO at Venturelab

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Technicality
  • Aesthetics
  • Function
  • Awesomeness

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