HackDFW is the design-thinking hackathon of Dallas. 

It is a place where you can be part of the nebulous, wondrous, awe-inspiring, frustrating-yet-glorious process of creating. A place where ideas aren't limited by fear or doubt, only 24 hours.

Hosted at the Women's Museum in Fair Park, HackDFW brings together 500 talented creators and thinkers for a weekend of building. 


Anyone who is registered and present at the event is eligible!


  1. You must submit the following three descriptions of your project alongside your submission:
    1. A 140-character description of your hack, as told to a 5-year-old.
    2. A 140-character description of your hack, as told to a peer.
    3. A 140-character description of your hack, as told to a senior engineer with years of experience.
  2. You should submit a link to your code, if possible. This is not required as not all projects use code. 
  3. You must also submit your table number. Try to make sure nobody else is at the table that you're at. 

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$34,750 in prizes

Best in Show

Each member of the team will receive Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-cancelling headphones, and a Google Home Hub.

Runner Up

Each member of the team will receive Viewsonic XG2402 monitors.

Top Teams (3)

Each team chosen to present on stage will receive Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth speakers.

State Farm Challenge (3)

Your challenge is to develop an app that incorporates Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality to improve the customer experience in any of our product offerings. How might we use augmented and virtual reality to improve customer experience? Alternatively, how might we design an application to promote State Farm products? (State Farm Products: Auto, Home, Bank, Life) Use your creativity to tailor it to what you think may fit. Your theme can be fun, it can be applicable to real life, or whatever your team dreams up.


1st Place: Nintendo Switch
2nd Place: Oculus GO
3rd Place: Fire Tablet

Omnisci Challange (4)

Best use of Omnisci, or Uber Movement in SF challenge. See https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WGojuhCRgy-ydi7xAXWTAGpYC9ZdE4sJb1ye-8CGNbM/edit# for more information.

Prize: Airpods per teammate

Capital One Challenge

Best Financial Hack

Prize: Amazon Gift Cards ($300)

ParkHub Challenge (3)

How might we use publicly available data to solve problems faced by city dwellers and their vehicles?

Capital Factory Challenge

How might we best connect people within an organization?

Prize: 3 months coworking, mentor access

Dallas Regional Chamber: Say Yes to Dallas

Within the context of the DRC's Say Yes to Dallas initiative, how might we elevate the attractiveness of the DFW region using technology?

Prize: Gift cards per person

City of Dallas: Hacking Homelessness

How might we use data to alter the perception and discussion of homelessness in Dallas?

See the additional challenge brief at https://drive.google.com/a/hackdfw.com/file/d/0B9ur4Ollxhj7bzFTU3JlVVhqRmJlYXMwNzJXd3VwZTA5VFRR/view?usp=sharing

Prize: Gift cards per person

Impact House Challenge

How might we leverage technology to improve social and economic mobility for individuals in North Texas and abroad. Prize two tickets to Dallas Mavericks Game. We'll be using a data report via https://prosperitynow.org/sites/default/files/resource/2018-10/Racial_Wealth_Divide_in_Dallas.pdf.

Prizes: up to five (5) $50 Visa Gift Cards

Children's Health Challenge

How can we leverage technology to better connect parents, healthcare providers, insurers, and payors to streamline healthcare services in children with complex medical needs? Prizes: Perot Tickets, Children’s Health Bluetooth Seskers, and Children’s Health Ear Buds.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

You must register and be present on-site for the entire event in order to submit a project. 




Judging Criteria

  • Use of Technology
    Did the team integrate technology into their solution?
  • Functionality
    Was a working, functional prototype demonstrated? How well does the solution perform and meet the purpose described?
  • Scalability
    Does this solution have the potential to have an impact at scale, globally?
  • Creativity
    How creative was the team in developing a unique and innovative solution for the challenge?
  • Design & Usability
    The UX/UI, functionality and ease of use of the solution.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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