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You'll have 24 hours to explore new technologies, meet talented students, and network with innovative tech companies. We will have a programming competition, workshops, different activities, and more. The best part is that CatHacks is completely free!

Check-in starts at 4 PM EST on April 14th.



Teams should be made up exclusively of students (or recent graduates within one year of having graduated).

Professionals are allowed to participate, but will not be eligible for prizes.


In order to demo your project, it must be submitted to this Devpost prior to judging. Make sure to outline and document your project as it will help our judges with the judging process.

It is important that a video of your demo is included in your submission. (Limit the videos to 5 minutes in length.)

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$2,505 in prizes

1st Place - Portable Refractor Telescope

70mm Travel Scope plus astronomy software package

2nd Place - Keychron C1

3rd Place - Tile Mate Tracker

Best First Time Hack - Razor Mouse

Best Moon Shot Hack - Lego City Space Research Shuttle

MLH Best Domain Name from Domain.com - Domain.com Branded Backpack

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

MLH Most Creative Use of GitHub - GitHub Octocat Puzzle & Sticker bundle

GitHub is one of the best ways to collaborate, push code, get feedback, and show the world what you’ve built during a hackathon. To take it a step further, GitHub is now offering you access to industry tools, events & learning resources through something called GitHub Global Campus. Win this weekend’s Most Creative Use of GitHub prize category, first by signing up for GitHub Global Campus and second by using a GitHub repository to host your hackathon project’s code! Make sure your use of GitHub stands out with a detailed ReadMe page, meaningful pull requests and collaboration history, and even a GitHub pages deployment!

MLH 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!

MLH 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!

MLH 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!

O'Reilly - O'Reilly Books

EarthHacks - $40 Amazon Gift Cards

Identify an environmental issue that is significant in Lexington, KY and select a specific target audience to address. Your challenge is to develop a sustainability specific project that either improves upon existing solutions or proposes a new one. The project should take into consideration key factors related to sustainability, and should be based on sound factual information.

Your project should be innovative, feasible, and ultimately implementable in the real world. You are encouraged to think creatively, but keep in mind the importance of creating a simple first iteration.

More Info: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1552DMUTSx4y7dvS4Oo0n0u6WsHPglqnc/view?usp=share_link

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Tyler Burkett

Tyler Burkett

Dean Crockett

Dean Crockett

Kevin Eby

Kevin Eby

Sai Tarun Kaniganti

Brent Harrison

Brent Harrison

Lucas Cockerham

Lucas Cockerham

Alijah Travascio-Green

Alijah Travascio-Green

Andy Fahmy

Andy Fahmy

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well-designed is the interface? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are. For a hardware project, it might be more about how good the human-computer interaction is.
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What projects have they worked on before? If a team that always does VR projects decides to switch up and try doing a mobile app instead, that exploration should be rewarded

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