What is design thinking?
A way of problem solving that allows you to create innovative solutions rooted in people's needs through collaboration, empathy and iteration.

Go to go.hackdfw.com/welcome for more information!

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1) All teammates must be registered with HackDFW.

2) Teams can only have a maximum of 5 team members. 

3) Hack must be something started at HackDFW. Coming up with an idea prior is fine, but team cannot use preexisting materials.

People NOT ELIGIBLE are:

1) Directors, Organizers, Volunteers, Mentors, Sponsors, Vendors, or anyone affiliated with operating HackDFW.


Hacks can be:

1) Software

2) Hardware

3) Whatever your wonderful mind comes up with!

Hackathon Sponsors


$25,000 in prizes

First Place

$5,000 worth of prizes from our prize pool.

Second Place

$5,000 worth of prizes from our prize pool.

Third Place

$5,000 worth of prizes from our prize pool.

Fourth Place

$5,000 worth of prizes from our prize pool.

Fifth Place

$5,000 worth of prizes from our prize pool.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

1) Enter name of your hack.

2) Add ALL team members to post.


3) Submit a link to your hack (if applicable).

4) If you are going for a specific API prize, don't forget to submit your hack to that challenge.

5) Submit before the deadline! No later than 11:00 PM on Sunday, April 17th! (No Late Entries will be accepted.)

6) Seriously, don't submit late.


Gayle Laakmann McDowell

Gayle Laakmann McDowell
Founder/CEO of CareerCup

Jay Vijayan

Jay Vijayan
Former CIO of Tesla Motors

Steve Basra

Steve Basra
VP of Toyota Connected, Inc.

Fernando Delgado

Fernando Delgado
Product Management Coach, Consultant

Mark Castleman

Mark Castleman
Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Bell Labs/Alcatel-Lucent

Surprise Judge!

Surprise Judge!
Mystery Company

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Originality. Is this something unique and special?
  • Feasibility and Function
    Did you implement or build complex systems or algorithms, or just use pre existing tech? How advanced is this prototype, and does it require special skills to execute? DID IT WORK?
  • User Interface/Experience Design
    Does your creation work for the user and as intended? Does it look good?
  • Scalability/Potential Impact
    Do you see this as a future consumer/enterprise product or technology? Is there a future to what you built? Did you clearly convey that in your pitch?
  • Awesomeness
    You can’t explain it, but you always know it when you see it.

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