Key Event
Speaker Event
Fun Event
*All times are in Central Time (CT)*
Saturday, Oct 15

Check-In (GDC Courtyard)


Opening Ceremony (GDC 2.216)


Hacking Starts, Team Matching Closes


Workshop: Intro to Hackathons & Ideation (GDC 2.216)


Workshop: Robotics & AI (GDC 6.302)


Lunch (GDC Courtyard), Team Assignments Sent Out


Workshop: Intro to Git & Web Dev (GDC 2.216)


Workshop: React.js (GDC 6.302)


Workshop: Intro to Machine Learning (GDC 2.216)


John Deere Talk (GDC 6.302)


Arrive Logistics Talk (GDC 6.302)


Sponsor Expo (GDC Atrium)


Workshops by Texas Blockchain (GDC 2.216)


CTF by ISSS (GDC 6.302)


Dinner (GDC Courtyard)


MLH - Snyk Workshop & Fun Activity (GDC 2.216)


Game Night (GDC 6.302)


Intro to Google Cloud (GDC 6.302)


Freetail Hackers Meet & Greet (GDC 6.302)


Past Hackathon Winners Panel (GDC 2.216)


Fun Activity [TBD] (GDC 2.216)


Hackathon Organizer Meetup (GDC 6.302)


Submission Office Hours (GDC Atrium)


Submission Deadline


Quiet Hours


Midnight Snack ft. Gong Cha (GDC Atrium)


Movie Night (GDC 2.216)


Sunday, Oct 16

Sunrise Watch Party (At East Mall Fountain, Meeting in Atrium)


Breakfast (GDC Atrium)


Workshop: How to Pitch (GDC 2.216)


Hacking Ends


Lunch (GDC Courtyard)


Judging (WCP)


Closing Ceremony (WCP Auditorium)


Special Thanks
BnBChain Information
Solana Resources
Guide Ultimate Hackathon Starting Guide
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You are eligible to submit projects under any of the tracks! There are just specific qualification requirements for Beginner and Blockchain. Please read those descriptions to understand eligibility.

Beginner Track

New to Coding? Have little experience or this is your first hackathon? No worries, we got you! We have beginner-oriented workshops, hands-on mentors, tutorials, and a non-judgment space for you to learn, build a cool new project, and submit for judging with people at similar levels as you!

Team Requirements: At least 66% of your team MUST qualify as a beginner! Ex. Teams of 1 and 2 - everyone must be a beginner.

General Track

This is our all-in-one track! These include Corporate Sponsored Challenges, MLH Challenges, and HackTX General Challenges hosted by Freetail Hackers. Beginner track participants can submit to challenges in this track as well.

Blockchain Track

Texas Blockchain is a community of students at UT-Austin exploring and building the blockchain technologies of the future. We are thrilled to be partnering with Freetail Hackers to host a blockchain track for the first time ever, and looking forward to onboarding hundreds of students into the Web3 space. We will be hosting workshops before HackTX ’22, and have some of the largest protocols and companies sponsoring the blockchain track (over $70K+ in grants and prizes)!

Challenges and Prizes

Beginner Track

Prizes are awarded per winning team member! All of these are hosted and sponsored by Freetail Hackers.

Best Overall Beginner Hack - Echo Dot

You made it this far, congrats!! We hope that this experience has taught you a little about design, coding, and product management! It is now time to compete for the winning prize of Echo Dots! This challenge is a best overall - which means it will assess hacks on implementation, design, idea, impact, and overall learning!

General Track

Prizes are awarded per winning team member!

Best Overall Hack

- First Place: Mechanical Keyboards AND Fast Track Interview for MLH Fellowship (Paid Internship)
- Read More about MLH Fellowship here!
- Second Place: Google/Amazon friendly Color Changing Strip Lights

Best Design Hack - Wacom Drawing Tablets

Part of what makes a hackathon project really good is that you think of who the end user is, what kind of impact you want to drive, and how to market the message of the product! This challenge judges based on the design aspect of the hack, thinking about components, User Interface and User Experience.

Best Mobile App - Google Cloud Swag Bags

This is a challenge that judges based on the development of a mobile app! It can be built cross-platform, android, iOS. We prefer there to be a full-stack implementation!

Fan Favorite - Google Cloud Branded Backpacks

We know that implementation or carrying out a project to the end can be hard. We invite our participating attendees to vote on their favorite project! Judging for this will occur during the expo on Sunday 1-4PM along with the other judging.

Smaller Challenges

- Best Consideration of Security and / or Privacy - DEFCON Network Security Swag Kits
- The Funniest Hack - Mystery Prize :D

Most Creative Use of Twilio - Twilio Swag Box & GameGo Console

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 some awesome prizes! Get started with $50 in free credit!

Best Domain Name from - Branded Backpack

Register a .Tech domain name using during the weekend for your chance to win a 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!

Best Use of CockroachDB - 3D Printing Pen

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!

Best Blockchain Project Using Hedera - Glorious Modular Compact Mechanical Keyboard

Hedera is a next generation blockchain technology that's accessible from familiar programming languages like Java and JavaScript. Their goal? To make Web3 development even more accessible to hackers like you! Build a project on Hedera's test network for a chance to win amazing Glorious Modular Compact Mechanical Keyboards for you and your team!

Best Accessibility Hack Sponsored by Fidelity - Fidelity Branded Wireless Charger

At Fidelity, accessibility is viewed as a major key to the success of their business, which is why they are challenging you to come up with innovative ways to make tech more accessible! We want you to use your hacking skills to find and build solutions that put opportunities and resources within reach to all communities. The team with the best accessibility hack will win a Fidelity branded wireless charger for each team member!

Sponsored Challenges

John Deere's Sponsor Prize

Help us tackle big problems like feeding the world by innovating how we can make our farmers more efficient through technology and big data while sustaining our land for years to come.

Prizes: $100 gift card, John Deere shirts, hats, Yeti tumbler, and northface backpack for each member of the team

Major League Hacking Sponsored Challenges

For the full description: The only ones that are valid for HackTX 2022 are the ones that are the following ones listed: Twilio,, CockroachDB, Hedera, Fidelity Investments

Texas Blockchain

BNB Chain Challenge

Protect BNB chain users from scams, rug pulls and bad actors with the use of the brand new AvengerDao security monitoring API system. Help build a safer BNB chain by creating a dapp, integration or a creative implementation using the brand new AvengerDao security monitoring and scanning tool api, alongside BNB's token, NFTs or any part of the BNB ecosystem, in order to create awareness, protection and safeguards for those interacting with BNB blockchain.

Please check the github for informaton, judging, tools and how to build on the BNB Chain -

Prize 1: $5000
Prize 2: $3000
Prize 3: $2000


Find more information and prize bounties at

Solana Foundation

The Solana Foundation is excited to announce we are sponsoring HackTX. We are even more excited to have some of the Solana Foundation team attending IRL! We can't wait to see who wins the $20,000 in prizes for building on Solana. As one of the world's largest collegiate hackathons, HackTX is an awesome opportunity to come together and learn about blockchain and experiment by building projects that could have a real impact on the growth of the Solana ecosystem. We look forward to seeing you at HackTX and working with you IRL to deliver live workshops and developer support as we continue to build the decentralized future on Solana!

Prize breakdown: $20,000 in prizes The Solana Foundation is offering a grand prize of $7,000 for the best use of Solana in a project! As well as two additional prizes for 2nd and 3rd place of $5,000 and $3,000, respectively. Judging will be based on overall quality and best interactivity with Solana Blockchain. We are also offering two additional prize bounties: $1,500 for the best use of the Seahorse Lang framework, and $1,500 for the best use of Solana Pay.

Also, we are offering a $2,000 prize pot for our Solana Bounty Program Challenges! These challenges are available to anyone, whether their project is built using Solana or not. The prize pot will be distributed amongst the 20 top scorers from participation in the Solana Bounty Program Challenges. The total prize pot for Bounty challenges will be distributed amongst the top 20 scorers based on each person's individual score.

Submit to Bounty challenges here:

Last but definitely not least, we are pitting two hackathons against each other this weekend! HackTX and CalHacks (in San Francisco) will be participating in Solana Bounty Program Challenges on the same two days, so let's have some friendly competition! Whichever hackathon scores the most in these challenges will earn an additional $3,000 in their prize pot.

Solana U:

We have officially launched Solana U as part of our ongoing effort and commitment to students and developers all over the world. Join Solana U and discover an international network of builders on Solana. Learn with us at !

Resources: Getting Started All development resources can be found on this page, which can be exported to PDF or Markdown form as you so require: Solana Hackathon Resources

About the Solana Foundation:

The Solana Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the decentralization, adoption and security of the Solana ecosystem. Solana is a blockchain built for mass adoption. It's a high performance network that is utilized for a range of use cases, including finance, NFTs, payments, and gaming. Solana operates as a single global state machine, and is open, interoperable and decentralized. Solana is a fast-growing and vibrant ecosystem giving all the opportunity to participate and thrive in the next phase and evolution of the internet.