Hacking Heist is a highly anticipated international hackathon organized by many famous student communities all over the world uniting together to produce a memorable event for talented students who possess the skills of different domains.

The event is a 36-hour long with a theme based on Pirates. The participants come resembling pirates and fight through the dangerous perils of the oceans which are the different domains they will receive in the hackathon. The domains come as waves and the pirates maneuvering their way to the treasure. The top pirate takes the loot and in the same way, the top participants will receive awards. The participant who successfully travels through all the perils of the ocean(challenges) is termed as the “King of the Ocean”.

WEBSITE: Hacking Heist 2.0


1. You'll need to make a Github repo that will contain the code you'll do

2. You've to add a title, a tagline, and a little description about your project

3. And a demo video explaining your idea and the working of the project or the future scope of that project (basically it depends on how well you can present your project before us)

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,445 in prizes

Best of Web 3.0

Prize: $200

Best of Web 2.0 (Advanced)

Prize: $200

Best of Web 2.0 (Beginner)

Prize: $100

Best of Filecoin

Prize: ₹20,000 for best Dapp built on Filecoin

Best of Polygon (2)

₹10,000 for best built on Ethereum
₹15,000 for best built on Ethereum + Polygon

Best of Arcana

Build on Arcana SDK using the Storage, Auth or Keystore.
Prize: $250

Best of Nhost

Winner: $300
Runner-up: $200

Best of Postman

Prize: $100 for Best project having an API integration or usage of Postman.

Best of AlanAI

Build implementing AlanAI Voice AI in your Project.
Prize: Rs 7500

Best use of CockroachDB

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 each team member. What's more, All US residents that submit CockroachDB enabled projects will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last!

Best Domain Name from GoDaddy Registry

GoDaddy Registry is giving you everything you need to be the best hacker no matter where you are. Register your domain name with GoDaddy Registry for a chance to win a Hack from Home Kit! Each Kit contains wireless earbuds, blue light glasses, selfie ring light and a pouch for easy transport.

Best Use of Linode Cloud

Use any one of Linode's wide array of cloud products and take your hack to the next level! Whether you're looking for data storage, compute power or hosting, Linode has what you need and the complimentary credits to get you started. Sign up and start hacking for your chance to win a Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Kit.

Best use of Twilio

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 a Twilio Swag Box and Gamego Console for you and your teammates.

Best Use of MATLAB

MATLAB and Simulink are computation tools used at more than 5,000 institutions worldwide. Use their software in your next hack to win some exclusive MathWorks swag including a MathWorks branded cinch bag, pair of socks, baseball cap, stylus pen & deck of cards! You can also claim a free MATLAB software license to get started.

Dream Big and Create More Cheers with AB InBev

AB InBev is all about bringing people together and creating more cheers for a better world! Using whatever tools, hardware and/or software at your disposal, build a hack that leads us into a brighter future for a chance to win some amazing prizes for you and your team.

Remember, AB inBev is looking for innovative projects that can possibly change the world in a positive way! We can't wait to see what you come up with.

Best CI/CD Application Using CircleCI

Have you ever wondered how professional developers from companies like Peloton & Samsung collaborate and ship code to production? For one, they use continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) platforms like CircleCI to help automate testing, versioning, deployment and so much more. Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill, practice coding, or hack with friends, CircleCI can help you to utilize the best development practices possible when approaching a new project, however big or small. Use CircleCI in your next hack for a chance to win some awesome CircleCI swag, including a branded mug, beanie, socks and stickers!

Best Use of DeSo

DeSo is the official Web3 sponsor of the MLH Hackathon League and the first Layer 1 blockchain custom-built for decentralized social media applications. While blockchains like Avalanche or Solana cost $0.50+ to store just a 200-character post, the DeSo blockchain is built with custom indexing and storage optimizations which make it 10,000X cheaper to store social content on-chain! In order to qualify for the contest, you must launch an app that writes to the DeSo blockchain and/or implements DeSo identity. While social media apps are a great fit for DeSo, you can also build financial apps, marketplaces, and more on the DeSo blockchain. For inspiration on project ideas, you can check out some of the existing 200+ apps already live on DeSo at Bithunt.com as well as our DeSo APIs. The Best Use of DeSo gets $100 worth of $DESO coin & an exclusive DeSo branded tumbler!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Team Hacking Heist
Hacking Heist

Judging Criteria

  • Originality & Creativity
    How new and novel the idea is.
  • Technical Difficulty
    The level of skill or knowledge required to build the idea.
  • Prototype
    How much of your project is working.
  • Presentation
    How well you can present your project in front of the judges.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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