Students from Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond come together to turn their ideas into reality. Hosted by students at UTD, SMU, and UNT, a 24-hour hackathon for students, by students.

Is there a problem that you can solve?

Has someone else solved a problem and you think you can do better?

Maybe you're just making something for fun or you're learning something new. That's great too.

Flex your mind muscles and let's see what you can come up with!

View full rules


1) All teammates must be registered with HackDFW.

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

3) Students 18 or over are eligible for the trip to Global Hackathon Seoul. Younger students are eligible for all other prizes (including other parts of the grand prize).

4) 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

  • Software
  • Hardware
  • Whatever your wonderful mind comes up with!

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) Submit before deadline! No later than 12:30 PM on Sunday, March 1rst! (No Late Entries will be accepted.)

5) Seriously, don't submit late.


Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban
Entrepreneur / Owner Dallas Mavs. / Shark

Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller
President of Verizon Wireless, Central Texas Region

Michael Irvin

Michael Irvin
NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys / Principal , IF Motivated, LLC

Doug Parker

Doug Parker
CEO of American Airlines

Mike Rawlings

Mike Rawlings
City Dallas Mayor

Tom Foley

Tom Foley
Principal, IF Motivated, LLC, Social Entrepreneur

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Originality. Is this something unique and special.
  • Awesomeness
    You can’t explain it, but you always know it when you see it.
  • Function
    How well does your creation work?
  • Aesthetics
    Does your creation look as good as it functions?
  • Technicality
    Did you implement or build complex systems or algorithms, or just use pre existing tech?